No extension of Yemen cease-fire, says Al-Asiri

Pro-government fighters gather near a tank in the southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen, on Monday at the close of the two-day cease-fire declared by the Arab Coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels. (REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub)
Updated 22 November 2016
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No extension of Yemen cease-fire, says Al-Asiri

RIYADH: The 48-hour cease-fire in Yemen, which ended on Monday, will not be extended because of repeated violations by the Houthi militias and their supporters, said the spokesman of the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting terrorism.
“The conditions and requirements to extend the truce were not met, and cease-fire rules were repeatedly violated by the Houthi militias and their allies, therefore it was called off,” Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Asiri told Arab News on Monday.
The truce was announced on Saturday with the stipulation that it will be renewed if the Houthis and their supporters abide by the rules, including allowing the entry of humanitarian aid to the besieged areas.
“They did not respect the truce, they only violated its conditions,” Al-Asiri said.
He accused the rebels of violating the cease-fire about 500 times in Yemen and about 100 times across the border, in the southern provinces of Najran and Jazan.
The media center of the Yemeni National Army also reported hundreds of violations of the cease-fire by rebel militias in the provinces of Marib, Al-Baida’a and Taiz.
A Yemeni military source indicated that the air defense forces of the Arab Coalition intercepted three ballistic missiles at dawn on Sunday.
The missiles were launched by the Houthis in Marib; they were destroyed in the province’s airspace.


Hamas unveils Iran-funded homes for former Israel prisoners

Updated 17 January 2019
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Hamas unveils Iran-funded homes for former Israel prisoners

  • Hamas officials say the program is a first of its kind to be funded by Iran
  • The prisoners ministry says the project will give away 26 apartments in a new building to 125 former prisoners

GAZA CITY: Hamas said Thursday it had allocated new homes funded by Iran in Gaza to former Palestinian prisoners who had been held in Israeli jails.
The prisoners ministry said 26 apartments in a new building in southern Gaza had been given out in a lottery between 125 former Palestinian prisoners.
Officials from Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip, said the program was the first of its kind funded by Iran.
A second building will be constructed in northern Gaza, the ministry said, adding the project aimed to “reduce the suffering of our freed prisoners.”
Iran has long been a strong backer of Hamas and its ally Islamic Jihad, providing them with funds, weapons and training.
Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.
Israel regards Iran as its main enemy, accusing of seeking the destruction of the Jewish state though its support for militant groups such as Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.