Yemen forces retake Houthi-held border crossing

Updated 24 June 2015
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Yemen forces retake Houthi-held border crossing

SANAA: Army forces loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Abdul Hadi seized a border crossing with Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, officials in the area and witnesses said, dealing a rare blow to the country's Iran-backed Shiite Houthi group.
The Houthis and their allies control three other crossings with the Kingdom, which has led an anti-Houthi alliance in a three-month bombing campaign against the group to restore Hadi to power.
Eyewitnesses reported that thousands of Yemenis gathered there to flee the country after the Wadee'ah crossing in eastern Hadramawt province changed hands amid combat.
After restoring the crossing, anti-Houthi fighters will join popular resistance forces who are fighting in the governorates of Marib and Al-Jawf, sources told Al-Hadath.
They are also preparing for a military move to storm Aden, the same sources added. Fighting between Saudi and Houthi forces has closed all other entry points to Yemen's neighbor, and one border facility has been destroyed in artillery exchanges.
A blockade of Yemen's sea and airports by the Arab coalition has created a humanitarian crisis in which food, fuel and medicine are scarce.
Saba, the Houthi-run news agency, quoted a military official as saying the border area had been taken by "a group of gunmen, Al-Qaeda militants and mercenaries.”


One dead in new protests in southern Iraq: medical source

Updated 20 July 2018
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One dead in new protests in southern Iraq: medical source

Diwaniyah, Iraq: A man was killed Friday during a protest outside the headquarters of an armed group in southern Iraq, a medical source said, as authorities push to contain social unrest.
"A civilian around 20 years old was shot dead," a medical source in the city of Diwaniyah told AFP, as fresh rallies were held across southern Iraq against social and economic woes.
Shots were fired by a guard from the local headquarters of the Badr organisation, a powerful Iranian-backed armed group, where hundreds of people were protesting, the source said.
The latest death brings to nine the number of people killed in the protests, according to multiple sources, while authorities earlier this week said more than 260 security personnel have been wounded.
The unrest erupted in Basra province on July 8 when security forces opened fire, killing one person as protesters demanded jobs and basic services including electricity.
Others killed during the protests were shot by unknown assailants.
The Iraqi government swiftly denounced "vandals" it accused of infiltrating the protests.
The latest demonstrations saw thousands of people gathering across the south and also in the capital Baghdad, where a heavy security presence saw demonstrators dispersed by water canon and tear gas.
The crowds were broken up as they headed towards the fortified Green Zone, a high-security area of Baghdad where the government is headquartered.
In oil-rich Basra, people shouted slogans against the authorities as thousands gathered peacefully outside government headquarters.
Shouting "no to corruption", hundreds of people rallied in Nasiriyah, 160 kilometres (100 miles) northwest of Basra, chanting the anti-graft message which has characterised nearly two weeks of protests.
Demonstrators also surrounded the home of Nasiriyah's governor where security forces responded with tear gas.