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.


Son of Iranian-American detainee asks Tehran ‘to show mercy’

Baquer Namazi. (Twitter)
Updated 22 min 54 sec ago
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Son of Iranian-American detainee asks Tehran ‘to show mercy’

  • Baquer Namazi, 81, has been held in Iran for over two years

WASHINGTON: The family and attorney of an Iranian-American dual national held in Tehran say his health is rapidly deteriorating and are appealing to the Iranian authorities to allow him to leave for medical treatment.
Babak Namazi, the son of Baquer Namazi, is asking Iran “to show mercy to my father.”
Baquer Namazi, 81, has been held in Iran for over two years. He and his son Siamak Namazi were convicted of collaborating with a hostile power in 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The elder Namazi has been diagnosed with narcolepsy in addition to battling a heart condition in prison.
Babak Namazi and the family’s attorney say they believe direct engagement between the US and Iran is “critically important” to secure the release of the elder Namazi.