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>> a claim of responsibility for a deadly attack on away university in northeastern kenya. >> you're watching al jazeera live from our headquarters in doha. also coming up, heavy fighting in yemen's southern city of aden as houthi fighters try to take control of it. >> isil fighters pushed back from the refugee camp near the syrian capitol.
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>> hello, al shabab said it's holding students hostage in a university in kenya's northeast. gunman from the somalia based armed group stormed the campus and sources have told al jazeera that at least 15 people are dead including two guards and a policeman. witnesses have been describing how they reacted when the shooting began. >> we were not even trying to know what is happening. >> we heard gunshots and we were sleeping. it was around five and they started jumping up and down and ran for their lives. it's unfortunate where they were going to is where the gunshots were coming from. this meant the guys to, ok, find some out in the field. we went there. we went to the field the gunshot continued.
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this meant us to run to the fence so you can get away out from the school. >> we'll have more live later on al jazeera. >> there are reports that troops are disembarking ships at a port in aden. there have been fierce battles in the southern city between houthi fighters and loyalists to president adou rabbo mansour hadi. houthis have been trying to take control of the city but retreated after more saudi-led coalition airstrikes. we have the latest. >> these are what the saudi army says are ammunition depots in areas controlled by the houthis. the saudis say houthi rebels acquired a huge number of weapons over the past few months. they worry these weapons may be used in revenge attacks against saudi arabia. all the targets are destroyed. the factory became an inferno.
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dozens were killed. on monday evening an air strike hit a refugee camp, killing many people. the united nations condemned the attack calling it a violation of international law. the houthis blame the saudi-led coalition for targeting civilians. accusations dismissed by the coalition. >> the houthis were the ones who attacked the dairy factory. sources confirmed us that. the rebels used rockets in the attack and people were killed. houthis use problem began da to win support of the yemenese. >> airstrikes have intensified in the southern part of the country. forces loyal to deposed president ali abdullah saleh and who it is are pulling out from areas. intense ground fighting has moved to the port city of aden.
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a secessionist group has helped take over the southern city's international airport and surrounding area. the secessionists are just one of a number of groups now fighting the houthis on the ground. each has its own agenda. the players include forces loyal to president adou rabbo mansour hadi and various tribes. the saudi foreign minister says regaining control of yemen won't come easily, but the region stability dependency on it. the saudis are building international support for their mill at her intervention. foreigners trapped in yemen of desperate to leave. citizens left for djibouti aboard this indian naval ship last night. for all those who remain, there are growing concerns of a humanitarian crisis and no sign of a ceasefire anytime soon.
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>> crossing over to sanna the editor of the yemen post joins us. what can you tell us about reports that there were troops disembarking ships at a port in aden? >> as of now that's not confirmed. numerous officials in aden, and we are not able to confirm that detail first reported by reuters. the houthis are in control of areas very close to the port of aden and they do have at least 40 snipers who are stationed atop mountain tops near the areas of the port, so that was the case, they would be easy targets for the houthis. this is one of the main reasons the houthis insisted last night along with its forces to -- they had information that troops were on their way they wanted to be there beforehand. now they are there.
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this will make it more difficult for foreign troops to enter aden but this was not the case yesterday. >> can you tell us what is going on in aden right now? >> the houthis have hundreds of fighters there in many parts of aden right now. they have tanks in different locations, strategic locations. they informed the citizens that they are not there to fight them. the adenese are rejecting them completely. >> there are reports they did retreat somewhat after the coalition airstrikes. >> they did retreat but not very much. they came back. this is not going to be a one day thing. this will continue for at least a week. we expect high casualty thes on both sides. this will not be solved tonight. the houthis will continue to go back and forth and the southerners continue to take back places and lose them again. if the southerners don't have
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support from the saudis or reinforcements come, they will not be able to take the houthis out. as of now it's going back and forth to both sides. >> what about other parts of the country, like sanna where you are? >> there it is, it's very complicated right now. today a massive change where 270 prisoners fled the prison after al-qaeda raided it, the central bank, et cetera. in sanna, you have every province seeing all miseries and worries because of this tension a lack of security nationwide. >> joining us from sanna, thank you. >> back to our top story and deadly attack at university in northeastern kenya. al jazeera's malcolm webb joins
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is from where the attack happened. tell us where you are and what you've seen in the aftermath of this attack. all right i apologize. we're having some audio issues with malcolm webb. we'll try and bring him back up. >> an israeli soldier hob wounded at a checkpoint in a palestinian city in the occupied west bank. the stabbing happened at the checkpoint in the southern west bank. >> what we know, according to the israeli military, a palestinian man along with five others tried to penetrate in their words the separation
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wall. an israeli platoon or group of soldiers happened on them during what was described as a routine patrol and the altercation occurred. an israeli soldier was lightly wounded in this altercation, and the palestinian man who allegedly attacked the soldier has been taken into custody for interrogation, as well as the five other men who were with him. >> gunmen killed at least 10 egyptian soldiers and injured 19 in the sinai peninsula. the region has seen an increase in attacks against security forces since the overthrow of the egyptian president mohamed morsi. >> the u.n.'s palestinian refugee relief agency demands an immediate end to the fighting in the camp in syria. the islamic state of iraq and the levant that entered the refugee camp and taken control of its western part. anti-government fighters
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defended the area, home to thousands of people. >> smoke rises from the refugee camp in southern damascus. these nearby listen anxiously to the sounds of gunfire. activists say isil stormed the compound tuesday fighting with anti palestinian militias. it was the last thing the desperate people needled. >> there have been fierce clashes in the vicinity of the 18,000 civilians there. amongst those are 3,500 children and their lives are in danger. >> the palestinian refugee camp has been under siege since 2013, with tiny amounts of aid getting through. human rights groups say women are dying in childbirth and children of starvation. isil has fought with free syrian
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army around the camp before but was pushed into nearby districts. activists are concerned though isil has left the camp, its fighters are bound to return in a bid to push into the center of damascus. >> they are besieged by the fighters and the other syrian opposition fighters, like the free syrian army, the areas east of yarmouk. >> this was the scene in the newly held rebel city. activists say the regime is still using chlorine gas a claim damascus denies. the u.n. says more than 220,000 people have been killed in the
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conflict so far. the most vulnerable are often the victims. al jazeera. >> iraqi government forces and allied groups have retaken the northern city of tikrit from the islamic state of iraq and the levant. the city was seized by isil last summer antcampaign to take it back has lofted more than a month. the iraqi foreign minister visited tikrit wednesday and promised to help displaced people return home. >> still ahead on al jazeera iran's foreign minister says significant progress has been made in the nuclear talks but there are still issues that need to be addressed. >> thailand introduces sweeping new powers it says will deal with airline safety.
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>> the top stories on al jazeera, al shabab says its holding students host only in a university in northeastern kenya. gunman from the armed group stormed the campus just before down in garissa. some have been freed. sources tell al jazeera that at least 15 are dead and almost 70 injured. >> a saudi-led coalition talks continued in yemen there are reports of fierce battles in yemen and troops disembarking from ships. it is not known who the troops represent. forces loyal to adou rabbo mansour hadi are fighting for control of the city. >> relief agency demanding an immediate fighting to the end of
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the camp in syria. isil fighters have been pushed back by rebel forces after attacking the camp. >> word leaders have been hailing nigeria's democratic spirit follow the peaceful presidential poll. goodluck jonathan has become the first president to concede defeat in an election there. he said that he wanted this to be part of his legacy. we look back into jonathan's time in power and what may have caused his defeat. >> when goodluck jonathan was elected president in 2011, many people were convinced he could fix nigeria's problems. he was the former vice president. he was highly educated with a p.h.d. in zoology. he inherited serious challenges like the boko haram attacks in the north. he promised to deal with them quickly, but chrisics say the problem only got worse.
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>> the area he did the worse for was the area of security for nigeria thats. it's a very sad thing. so many people died and it was as the if the government didn't care. at the end of his tenure, corruption became the culture of nigeria. the oil sector became awash with corruption. >> thousands of people died under jonathan's watch and hundreds of thousand us displaced. weeks before facing the election the government says it reclaimed all the territories once controlled by the group. >> president jonathan did not in vent the boko haram crisis. it was an inherited problem. i imagine, you know, that there will always be security challenges as we speak now, you know all the territories that have been taken over by boko haram have been, you know, more or less taken back, and the security forces ahead. >> when he conceded defeat, he said he'll be remembered for setting the country on a path to
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true democracy. >> i promise the country free and freer elections. i've kept my word. i've also expanded this place for nigerians to participate in the democratic process. that is one legacy i would like to see and hear. >> jonathan will go down in history as the first sitting president in nigeria's president to lose an election and hand over power but also to have presided over the worst peace time crisis in the country's history, boko haram. >> many of jonathan's old allies are working with muhammedu buhari and hope he'll be able to deliver when he promised. al jazeera nigeria. >> in london, we're joined by a nigerian political risk analyst at global advisory firm tenio
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intelligence. will muhammedu buhari be able to live up to the challenge and deal with the security issue? >> i think at this point, you know it's obvious that nobody truly knows. people have voted him with a degree of faith that his background as a military leader means that he's going to have a better strategy. what i expect to happen within the next month or so or within the next months when he takes over office is there will probably be a complete reshuffling of security, giving a clear indication based on the people that he actually puts to manage this crisis as to whether or not we're looking at the beginning of the end of the insurgency. >> you mentioned his background as a military man. has the military strategy so far succeeded in defeating boko haram? >> it dependency on the time frame you look at. a broader six year time frame when the unurgency started
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people would argue no. in the last six weeks we've seen a dramatic turnaround with the insurgency with the nigeria military reporting that its reclaimed some of the territories that have been captured by boko haram. of course some of that support has been given by neighboring countries. i think muhammedu buhari made it clear that he feels it's a bit of an indictment on the nigerian military to need support for military help. it has the reputation for being the largest army in the region. i believe he'll focus on making this a domestic issue leally nigeria with very little support from external parties. >> let me turn your attention to issues that are faced by the press in nigeria because as you know, it's been more than a week since our al jazeera journalists were detained by the nigerian military kept in a hotel for more than seven days now. what are the issues that the
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press faces in nigeria and how will muhammedu buhari fare in that? >> since 1999, when nigeria effectively restored democracy there's been a vibrant press in nigeria, press freedom has largely been celebrated. of course journalists have been intimidated in some cases by politicians, but by and large the press remains free. we did see a slight turnaround in that particularly when the insurgency the boko haram inurgency began the military became quite sensitive about what was reported. we saw that as well around election time. you know, for a lot of people that have observed nigeria since the insurgency started this will not come as a complete surprise but is actually still quite worrying. >> we'll leave it there, thank you for speaking to us from london. >> let's go back to our top story now a deadly attack at a
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university in north kenya. we're crossing back to malcolm web. just give us an update on the situation there malcolm. >> just down the road behind me 100 meters or so is garissa university. we've seen down there been to the gates there's a lot of soldiers there, we can hear gunfire and fighting, but the soldiers wouldn't let us stay so we pulled back to here. we spoke on the phone to a hostage inside the university since 5:30 this morning local time when the attackers first arrived. he's just got out now just rescued. he said there are 200, 300 students still inside in the halls and residential buildings up on the second floor. the soldiers are going in to try to rescue students, but it's still going on that every so often, we see ambulances rushing down the road taking the injured host ones rescued to the air
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field on the other side of down. we see vehicles and soldiers rushing the other way to go join the fight. >> is the death toll expected to rise seeing as it sounds like this is very much an ongoing situation? >> yes, it is expected to rise. we have 15 people confirmed dead so far but of course everyone outside doesn't know how many dead or alive or injured people there are still inside at the moment because the fighting's still going on. it's not possible to know exactly what's going on there. as they manage to bring out the hostages a few at a time, the picture gets clearer and people find out what is going on and how many are left. the injured are being taken some to the hospital, a couple to the air field some are being flown to nairobi to get treatment. garissa is a big town, but has meager health care services. there's not much that they can do to help people who have got severe injuries, so a couple have been airlifted and taken to
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the capitol. >> ok, malcolm, thank you very much. malcolm webb reporting for us from garissa. >> iran's foreign minister says that significant progress has been made over nuclear talks in switzerland but an agreement yet the to the written. the marathon meeting is continuing two days past their deadline. james bays joins us live from lausanne. you spoke to the foreign minister. >> the foreign minister came out on a walk as he often has done over the last couple weeks and gave us new information telling us that he believes that they are very, very close now drafting work is underway on a joint statement which he says he hopes will be issued today. we pressed him on what would be in that statement. would there be facts figures numbers, and he kept making the point that fart iranians, the agreement, the final agreement was the end of june, that this would be a statement showing all
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the progress they've made, but the question then is whether this statement which he says we are going to expect in the coming hours is going to be enough for the obama administration to take to congress to stave off those sanctions. the news he may have a statement, i want to add caution, because he has said this before and no statement emerged, but he seems to say in the meetings that went on all night, at one point, he was involved in meetings with secretary of state john kerry which in total lasted eight and a half hours going until almost 6:00 a.m. in the morning. they had a very brief period of rest and then they were back at the negotiating table. after all of that, he seems to say there will be some sort of announcement coming in the comes hours. >> james just remind us how exactly we got to this point two days now past a self-imposed deadline. >> yes and we have been told it was a very firm deadline of the
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end of march. that is what the obama administration had said. talks have been going on here in lausanne over the last couple of weeks, secretary of state john kerry taking a great deal of time out of his schedule along with foreign minister zarif spending a great deal of time here in lausanne to try to reach agreement by the end of march. we are now two days past that deadline. it now looks that we are really close to getting that statement but i do add caution we felt that we were nearly here before and we weren't. >> ok, james, thank you reporting from lausanne. >> argentina is marking the 33 anniversary of its conflict with britain over what they called the manvias islands and britain calls the falk land islands.
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>> they belong to argentina is the phrase often heard her. bolstered by the opening last year of this museum, dedicated to explaining argentina's case for sovereignty of the islands. >> this is not a war museum. it's a peace museum that we're filling with symbols of justice. the injustice of the united kingdom's occupation of the malveenas islands continues set by the politics of colonial. >> >> britain said it was increasing defense of the items following the decision of argentina to buy armaments. argentina sent strong letters of complaint to the united nation and the organization of american states about what it calls british warmongering. a remote archipelago in the
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south atlantic ocean few argentines have been there but 649 died in the 1982 conflict. 33 years after that conflict, it remains high in the public consciousness. >> these are veterans of that conflict visiting the museum on the way from their homes to a ceremony in the far south closer to the disputed islands. >> our fight continues to be important i hope top set foot and what should be our territory and our cam address who died defending our land can rest in peace. >> argentina under the command of a brutal military government invaded the islands on april 2 1982. britain which governed them since 1833 sent a task force to reclaim what they call the falk
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lands. it followed a short conflict in which 900 were killed. argentina has continued peaceful claims to the islands using diplomatic pressure to urge britain to negotiate over sovereignty. it issued these notes reasserting their argument. britain said the islanders want to remain under their authority there is nothing to discuss. the long standoff continues. >> a russian ship sank. search teams worked in freezing water to rescue survivors. reports are that drifting ice may have holed that vessel. >> parts of the middle east are being hit by a strong sand storm. these pictures showed a town in saudi arabia and parts of qatar
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are also covered in sand. motorists are warned to drive carefully after visibility dropped to zero. you can read more about that sand storm across the middle east on there you'll find other top stories, >> breaking news, more than a dozen dead in an attack on a college in kenya and now word of hostages being held. we'll speak to an eyewitness on the ground. >> a defiant senator menendez insists he will be indicated accused of trading influence for gifts. >> lawmakers in indiana changing course in hopes of easing public pressure over a controversial