About 250 killed in 3 days fighting in Yemeni town

Updated 28 October 2014
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About 250 killed in 3 days fighting in Yemeni town

SANAA, Yemen: Yemeni security officials say at least 250 people have been killed in three days of fighting between Shiite Houhti rebels and an influential tribe in the town of Radda in central Bayda province.
Fighters from the strong Qifa tribe, after three days of fierce fighting, forced the Houthis Monday out of the Manasih area in Radda, the officials said.
The Houthis, widely suspected of links to mostly Shiite Iran, gained control of the capital Sanaa in September and have waged ongoing battles with opposing tribes and militants from Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch.
The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity according to rules.
A peace agreement signed between the Houthis and the government has so far failed to end the fighting.


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will refuse Israeli tax transfers

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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will refuse Israeli tax transfers

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will not accept a monthly tax transfer from Israel if it carries out its decision to deduct amounts the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and people killed in fighting with Israel.
Abbas on Wednesday accused Israel of trying to put political pressure on him and violating longstanding economic agreements.
He said it would be the “final nail in the coffin” of those agreements and said he would not accept the funds if even “one penny” is deducted.
The monthly tax transfers cover about two-thirds of the Palestinian budget.
Without those funds, Abbas’ autonomy government will fall into a crisis and not be able to pay full salaries to its tens of thousands of employees.