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until next time waj and i will see you online. >> huti rebilities, questions remain about the fragile peace field. >> hello there i'm laura kyle, this is al jazeera live from doha. also ahead on the program: kurdish fighters say they have repelled an attack by i.s.i.l. on a syrian town but thousands of people are still fleeing for their lives. >> i've not heard his voice or seen him and that definitely means he's dead.
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>> civilians disappear into central african republic. peace keepers are implicated in their disappearance. just a day after a peace deal was signed in yemen huti rebels have been raiding homes of tribal officials. also yemen's health ministry has found about 200 victims since the fighting began. mohamed val reports. >> reporter: these are the streets, it's clear who is in charge. these armed huti militiamen, besieging their compounds that belong to their opponents. keeping guard in front of major sthutions such as this one at iman university a sunni
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establishment. surrounding the headquarters of the sixth military zone which they took over on sunday. there appears to be no sign of the deposit or the army. what's more many here say they are worried. husi rebels are reported to have carried out acts of revenge on their enemies. the peace deal signed on sunday will likely endowment situation from years to come. the u.n. envoy who brokered the deal has concerns. >> the state must reestablish its authority over all regions of yemen. there is no ambiguity about that. anyone who would want to supplant the authority of the state would be in violation of the agreements.
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>> despite those worries, the president of yemen has described the agreement as historic. >> we have secured the historical agreement which we hope will bring a new dawn to yemen. we commend the u.n. special envoy, so we can implement the agreement with immediate effect. >> reporter: the agreement has tackled nearly all the major issues. came short on specifics especially on crucial aspects such as security and the hosi takeover of the capital. the agreement does not state when they hand over their weapons. the acts of revengs they are accused of conducting against their opponents may trigger a bloody sequel of what was meant to be a peaceful settlement. mohamed val. al jazeera. our correspond mohamed val
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joins us on the line. seeing plenty of fireworks being let off there in the capital. describe for us what it's like. >> reporter: yes, that's true. it's an amazing fight in the capital tonight. if we judge by the number of fireworks and the place they rise up into the high, the number of husis in sunna, i look around me every direction and i see fireworks almost widening over every household and every province. i have break news that the first of what could be described as the first reaction against the husis, there is an am bus that happened in saudi arabia, scores
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of husis have been killed. no information on who killed those people and who was behind that ambush. laura there's a lot of tension in yemen and particularly here in suna, there is apprehension, yes, the husis are celebrating but there are millions of other yemenis who are not celebrating and there is also another piece of information from today, about two, about 200 bodies have been extracted from the site of the fighting, for the last three days, tbeaf those bodies have been extracted, most of them were found in the battle ground, and that information came from the ministry of health so everybody is celebrating tonight. >> okay, mo, thanks vex for the update from the yemeni capital. well, as mohamed was saying, the
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husis control large swaths of the country. large fireworks have been going off all night. their strong hold is in the mountainous area. key cities and towns in problems profnses, five days ago the husis began their assault on the capital, they took a number of buildings including the parliament and the defense ministry. central bank and after long fighting, yemen's state tv building. former advisor to the last three yemeni prime ministerrers, he says all parties are working on the security forces. vacuum created over the past
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seven, eight months since the conference. these people are in the vacuum, and part of the agreement which is relevant to when they're going to pull out is included in both. the men you know, closes as well as the supplementary clauses which were related to the army and the security apparatus. but let's not forget again, everybody is aiming at implementing the outcomes of the national conference and the outcomes of the national conference especially in three areas, the area which has been mentioned in some of the clauses of the accord itself, one area is related to the outcoxtio outn the group that was working in sadar, and the groups working with the southern question but the third and most important one is related as well to the group
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working on the army and security forces. so that is again can be tackled. >> kurdish forces in northern syria say they have repelled an i.s.i.l. attack. causing thousands fleeing for their lives sings friday. stephanie decker is on the iraqi-syria border. >> we are on the turkey syria border and there are over 13 130,000 refugees. on monday that number was significantly lower. what did happen when we arrived here was a standoff between a couple of protesters, tear gas water cacannons to disperse the. wanted to go back protect from
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the i.s.i.l. onslaught and the turkish kurds are very angry with the turkish government saying they're not doing enough to help them. and helping i.s.i.l. fight the kurds. the situation has called somewhat. the fighting does go around. surrounded by i.s.i.l, one kilometers to the west, 30 kilometers to the he east and ten clom ters to th kilometers . the situation here is because that situation is very fluid that there are still very many people who could cross this border. >> jennifer gordon is a former analyst of middle eastern in cia. turkish president is proposing setting up a buffer zone along the syrian border. what might that look like? >> it would most likely look like a doesn't tha zone that wad
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on foot. there are security issues that this raises of course. in addition to trying to make it a buffer zone that refugees from syria can enter, turkey would also have to find a way to prevent i.s.i.l. fighters from entering themselves or from smuggling goods, human trafficking and antiquities out of syria into this buffer zone. additionally as well as making sure that only the right people came in from syria into turkey, turkey would have to prevent i.s.i.l. fighters from leaving turkey through the buffer zone and entering into syria. >> that sounds quite difficult. sometimes it's difficult to tell who might be a fighter, who might be a regular civilian. do you think the turkish officials are considering getting international help in the buffer zone or perhaps u.s. forces or nato forces?
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>> yes, absolutely, turkey wishes to acquire national help with tease situations, this feels far too great a problem to handle on its own. the u.n. is meeting and set to discuss this buffer zone question this week. and it's unlikely however that u.s. involvement would look like much more than a no-fly zone at this point. >> turkey has been quite a reluctant partner so far in the u.s.'s coalition. the u.s. dogs help with this buffer zone -- does help with this buffer zone would it expect more help from turkey in return. >> sure. it seeks like the united states would most likely demand use of turkish bases if it were to help out in enforcing the buffer zone and the utle would -- the united states would also most likely demand that turkey took a harder stance, harder approach towards
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the fighting in syria and i.s.i.l. involving more international players than just the united states and nato to sign on to such an act. >> okay, jennifer gordon great to get your thoughts. thanks so much for joining us from washington, d.c. coming up here on the program. good news on the ebola outbreak.the world health organization says it's been contained in senegal and nigeria. plus: >> the oil companies talk about helping us but it's a lie. >> tribesmen in ecuador fear for their future. oil companies prepare to drill in a national park. ational park.
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>> i'm ali velshi, the news has become this thing where you talk to
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experts about people, and al jazeera has really tried to talk to people, about their stories. we are not meant to be your first choice for entertainment. we are ment to be your first choice for the news. is. >> hello again, top stories this hour on al jazeera. heughts rebelhouthi rebels havel of major areas of yemen. refugees from syria have crossed the border into toirk.
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allowed anyone to lock up who entered illegally. the infiltration bill, up to a year without trial. israeli government thousand has three months to release more than 2,000 african asylum seekers from a detention facility. the courts also ordered that facility be closed. tell us a little bit more about this change and the impact that it's going to have there. >> well, laura, a major victory for african asylum seekers here in israel, detention center in the south of the country. a nine member bench of the supreme court voted 7-2 in favor of cancels this section of the antiinfiltration law, we men's, those who came into the country illegally could be held
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indefinitely. people in that detention center will have to be released within 90 days but again this issue of african asylum seerk seekers isy sensitive in the nation, one would imagine that the government will very quickly try come up with some other way of restricting the movements of those people. >> absolutely. one wonders what will happen next, whether those 2,000 people will now automatically be granted asylum there. and what israel is then going to do about future flows of people. >> that really is the big question. and the real truth of the matter is that of those people who have come to israel some 47,000 africans who have come to israel over the past several years frankly very few of them have ever been granted asylum. on many human rights workers, many human rights groups have
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said that the israeli government's position has effectively been to make conditions for those people who have come here from africa seeking asylum to make their life so difficult here that they in their words, self-deport themselves back to their home countries. now that of course has angered many human rights groups who are saying that israel is in fact possibly even breaking international law. the israelis of course denying this but again this ruling by the supreme court is a major victory for those african asylum seekers who are hoping they will be able to say. >> thank you very much for updating us on the story. the situation of yemen, yemen's president has accused iran for backing the houthis.
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, jim al kashogi. >> we never, announced that before. we taught hard with nasser's egypt when they controlled yemen in the '60s but we won yemen back. but iran did not control all of yemen but i could say today, it has the upper hand in yemen. unfortunately. >> i think the iranians have predicted this all along. because whenever unpopular regimes in this region are confronted with the rath of the people, they look for an external enemy to blame. the reality in yemen is that the regime is corrupt. that the like in the price of gas, gasoline, and fuels, has
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hit poor people very hard. but the regime failed to recognize this. they've marginalized the majority, not just the houthis or the group but the overwhelming majority which is comprised of people in the south and people in the north as well. >> a tribe in northern ecuador has been forced to live with the oil industry for decades and now a controversial extraction plan is about to kick in among the last pristine areas of the park. the natives are worried and david mercer reports from coca. >> shafts of palm into hunting tools. once these tribes men lived off the forest alone, now they sell
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blow guns to passing tourists. they have seen their way of life transformed. >> the oil companies talk about helping us but it's a lie. here there's more sickness. they damage and pollute the land. every day vehicles drive down the roads and there are fewer animals. >> reporter: now the waurani fear things will get worse. eecuador remains divided. one of the most bio-diverse places on earth, the hub of ec wa dor's oiecuador's industry. one and a half million liters
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into these water, that left the entire population of coca a town of 65,000 people without drinking water. jose tells me all these rocks were black. a journalist says it was a reminder that the government must boost farming and other industries as a long term alternative. >> translator: without doubt, oil is our only source of wealth. that's why the president depends on it. how can we get out of oil? >> politicians from the ruling party insist this time locals will see the greatest benefits from the new drilling. >> it's a great challenge for our government to show the world that osmall oil producing country can extract oil, despite governmental risk. exploiting oil will less future generations to leave the past behind. >> reporter: looking out over the area, juan and umberto worry
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that no animals left in the forest, they want the government to illegall legally recognize tr location now or foster be without. in the forest region of ecuador. >> thousands have people have fallen ill, in camps set up for fleeing refugees. >> a baby girl born four days ago and name after her mother. sema had to give birth on the banks of these flooded fields. the family's home was swept away by the rising tide a week ago. >> translator: i was in caf ae pain lying on the bed for two days. i can't afford to get medicine. >> the suffering is acute for
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the children and the elderly. we count a dozen babies in this small camp alone. children are developing sores. >> we need care for the babies, hygiene and food and clothes and a tent for giving birth. the government has given us nothing. we are exhausted. >> reporter: two and a half million people have been affected in this region of pakistan. they are living in camps on the side of the road with no toilets or clean water. across huge areas of southern punjab, it's leaving behind dirty stagnant water which brings more disease and misery. >> people are using this for bathing and in some areas people are drinking it and many are getting sick. >> they are living right next to their homes, not inside because there's water over there. they have their beds right
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outside, and we have the stagnant water and insects around them. and cattle also around them. that's what's making the conditions worse and these are the conditions they are living in. >> this medical facility is for victims and in the middle of a major road. children have skin rashes and infections. this woman tells us she's suffering from vomiting and stomach cramps. all of these women have the same complaints. doctors are treating around 2,000 people in this tent alone. >> most of the problems are related to diarrhea and skin diseases like scabies. >> medical staff are pleading for more help. they say it's a crisis here. at least these flood victims have somewhere to go for medicine and to see a doctor.
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more isolated regions there's no one. and so so for now, baby sema and her mother have to struggle alone. nicole johnston, al jazeera southern punjab in pakistan. in hong kong thousands of students are boycotting classes this week to protest interference from beijing. last month comoins -- chinese lawmakers ruled out, in elections. >> ebola outbreak world health organization says the outbreak has been pretty much contained in senegal and nigeria. meanwhile in sierra leone, health workers say the three day lock down that ended on sunday was successful but the latest figures show that more than 5700 cases, the morality rate remains
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at almost 50%. outbreak began in december. this was the scene in nigeria where school is back in session after weeks of battling ebola. in the capital, abuja, children return to the classrooms. this include all children having sensors and scanners to identify any student who might be sick. central african republic has been racked with conflict and instability. crimes allegedly committed by central african peace keepers. are. >> reporter: robert reads out the name of people who are missing. on the list are two of his brothers their wives and children. they were all staying at the home of one of his brothers. this man, self-declared rebel general maurice bacala, when
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they first disappeared in march robert thought his brother might be in prison. >> if he was in prison, i would have been able to take him coffee, cigarettes and food. but from the 24th of march until today i have not heard his voice or seen him and that definitely means he's dead. >> reporter: in march an african union peace keeper was killed here. soldiers then turned up at the rebel general's house. this is the last place the general and his family were seen alive. witnesses say, peace keepers from congo base here took them away. the youngest person in the group was less than a year old. the african union has replaced the contingent in voale with these men. they are also from con dpo congo
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brazeville. six months on there has been no conclusive investigation. but the u.n. says its new mission will be different. >> the united nations has a zero tolerance policy for any violation of any sort. and that i have briefed the earn contingent commanders that includes of course sexual behavior but i think human rights in its globallity is something that we have to uphold. >> reporter: but u.n. peace keepers can only be prosecuted in their own countries. >> if this mission continues to act with the impunity that we saw in the congo mission that will delegitimize the mission and negativat negate all the isy
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hope to do. >> until he has answers and justice. nazaneen mashiri, al jazeera, central african republic. >> cu find out the latest at our website, a show about innovations that can change lives. humanity and we are doing it in a unique way. this is a show about science by scientists. let's check the team of hardcore nerds. dr shini somara is a mechanical engineer. tonight saving baby grace. doctors try a cutting edge treatment to heal this little girl's brain, infusing her with her own umbilical cord blood.