10 die in Yemeni military plane crash

Updated 22 November 2012
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10 die in Yemeni military plane crash

SANAA, Yemen: A Yemeni military plane crashed early yesterday during training over the capital, Sanaa, killing all 10 people on board, security officials said.
The Russian-made Antonov aircraft plunged from the sky and crashed into an empty market in Al-Hassaba district at the heart of the Yemeni capital, destroying several shops, the officials said. The market has been abandoned since clashes between the country’s biggest tribal confederation and security forces in the area during last year’s uprising.
The officials said the pilot tried to make an emergency landing after one of the plane’s engines failed, but instead, the plane crashed and caught fire. The victims included the pilots and crew members, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Ambulances and fire engines rushed to the crash site.
There was no indication of sabotage in the crash, the officials said.
The Arab world most impoverished nation, Yemen has been challenged by a rising Al-Qaeda in the aftermath of the uprising that led to the ouster of the country’s longtime authoritarian ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh. The United States considers Yemen’s offshoot of Al-Qaeda as the world’s most dangerous branch of the terror network.
Yemen’s military has been engaged in a wide offensive against Al-Qaeda since last spring, and has managed to uproot the militants from strongholds in the south they seized during the uprising.


Israeli planes strike Hamas targets in Gaza

Updated 18 June 2018
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Israeli planes strike Hamas targets in Gaza

  • The attacks targeted two Hamas military sites and a munitions manufacturing site
  • “Fire balloons” and kites carrying flammable material have become symbols of the Palestinian border protests in recent months

JERUSALEM: Israeli warplanes on Monday conducted strikes against nine Hamas “military targets” in the northern Gaza Strip in response to incendiary kites being sent into Israeli territory, the army said.
The attacks targeted two Hamas military sites and a munitions manufacturing site, the military said in a statement, without specifying whether the raids had resulted in casualties.
“Fire balloons” and kites carrying flammable material have become symbols of the Palestinian border protests in recent months.
The Israeli army on Saturday wounded two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip attempting to launch incendiary balloons across the border into Israel, officials said.
Since major border protests broke out at the end of March, more than 300 fires have devastated several thousand hectares of fields and shrubland, the Israeli fire service has said.
According to Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, 400 kites have been intercepted from some 600 launched since the start of the recent protests.
At least 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire in the same time span. No Israelis have been killed.
Palestinians are calling to return to the homes their families fled or were forced from in 1948 during the war surrounding the creation of Israel.
The Gaza Strip is controlled by the Islamist movement Hamas which Israel considers its chief enemy.
The two sides have fought three wars since 2008 and observe a tense cease-fire.