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.


OIC condemns Israel’s nation-state law as racist and illegal

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OIC condemns Israel’s nation-state law as racist and illegal

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the Israeli Knesset’s approval of the “Jewish nation-state” law, which declares that only Jews have the right to self-determination in the country.
The OIC labeled the move as a blatant challenge to the will of the international community, its laws and its legitimate resolutions.
The Secretary-General of the Organization, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, described the law as racist, unlawful and illegitimate.
“It ignores the historical rights of the Palestinians, both Muslim and Christian, and represents an extension to the Israeli settlement ideology and occupation policies, based on ethnic cleansing and denial of the existence of Palestinian people and history, highlighted by International resolutions,” he said.
He called on the international community to reject and condemn the racist law and to confront all Israeli racist laws and policies that aim to undermine any possible solution to the conflict.