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.


GCC nations commence enhanced security patrols across the region

Updated 36 min 48 sec ago
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GCC nations commence enhanced security patrols across the region

  • The patrols are aimed at increasing communication and coordination
  • GCC fleets working in tight coordination with each other and the US Navy

LONDON: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations commenced enhanced security patrols across the region in international waters on May 18, according to a statement from the US Naval Forces Central Command (5th Fleet).

The patrols are aimed at increasing communication and coordination with the GCC nations in support of regional naval cooperation and maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf.

As agreed to last week in a meeting at US 5th Fleet headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, ships of the GCC - both navies and coast guards - are working in tight coordination with each other and the US Navy.