Yemen cease-fire expires after hundreds of violations by Houthis

A pro-government fighter walks at the site of recent battles against Houthi fighters in Taiz, Yemen. (Reuters/Anees Mahyoub)
Updated 21 November 2016
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Yemen cease-fire expires after hundreds of violations by Houthis

JEDDAH: A US-brokered cease-fire in Yemen ended on Monday after repeated violations by Iran-backed Houthis, announced the Arab coalition supporting the legitimate government.
 
The coalition’s spokesman Major General Ahmed Assiri said: “There is no respect (for the truce), only violations,” Al Arabiya news channel reported, adding there had not been any orders to “extend the cease-fire.”
 
The 48-hour cease-fire, which began on Saturday and ended at noon (AST) Monday , had come at President Hadi’s request.
 
An AFP correspondent in Sanaa said there had been no coalition airstrikes in the Houthi-occupied capital since the truce took effect.
 
Coalition spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmad Al-Asiri accused the Houthis of 180 violations in the first 10 hours of the cease-fire.
 
The media center of the Yemeni National Army has reported hundreds of violations of the truce by the Houthis. 
 
The center noted that violations had occurred in the provinces of Marib, Al-Baida’a and Taiz.
A Yemeni military source indicated that air defense forces of the Arab Coalition Forces intercepted three ballistic missiles at dawn on Sunday. 
 
The missiles were launched by the Houthis at Marib and were destroyed in the province’s airspace.


Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

Updated 24 May 2019
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Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

  • Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes on Thursday as fires raged
  • The fires were fueled by high temperatures and dry condition

JERUSALEM: Israel is bracing for renewed wildfires amid a major heat wave that shows no signs of abating.
Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes on Thursday as fires raged, fueled by high temperatures and dry conditions.
The EU ambassador, Emanuele Giaufret, said Israel had asked for international help to combat the fires, and aid was arriving on Friday from Cyprus and Italy.
Plumes of smoke rose from hillsides in the country’s center and south as firefighters worked into the early hours to control the blaze.
The cause of the blaze remains unclear, but it erupted following the Jewish festival of Lag Ba’Omer, which observers mark with bonfires.
A sweltering heat wave is pushing temperatures in parts of the country up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, or 43 Celsius.