Houthis target Arab coalition warship

Houthis check a car as they guard a street during clashes near the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen, in this file photo. (AP)
Updated 13 August 2017
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Houthis target Arab coalition warship

DUBAI: Yemen’s Houthi militias attempted to attack Al-Mokha port in the early hours of Saturday, using a remote-controlled boat packed with explosives, said Col. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the Saudi-led Arab coalition.
“The coalition forces detected the boat three miles off the port, while it was sailing at 39 knots, and was intercepted by the coalition defense and diverted from its initial trajectory,” Al-Malki said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the UAE said four of its soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in Yemen while taking part in the campaign targeting Shiite rebels.
The UAE’s state-run WAM news agency reported the fatalities early Saturday.
WAM said the helicopter crashed in Yemen’s Shabwa province due to a technical malfunction.


Sudan's defense minister named first vice president

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Sudan's defense minister named first vice president

  • President Omar Al-Bashir declared a one-year nationwide state of emergency on Friday
  • Protesters frustrated with economic hardship have demonstrated for more than two months

KHARTOUM: Sudan's Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf was appointed first vice president and will remain the defense minister, the Sudanese presidency said on Saturday.
President Omar Al-Bashir declared a one-year nationwide state of emergency on Friday and set up a caretaker administration but retained his defense, foreign and justice ministers.
Protesters frustrated with economic hardship have demonstrated for more than two months calling for an end to Bashir's 30-year-old rule.
Bashir also replaced on Friday the governors of every Sudanese state with military officials.
Ibn Auf, who previously served as the head of military intelligence, earlier this month became the second of several top officials to strike a conciliatory tone towards the protests, saying that young people caught up in the recent turmoil had "reasonable ambition".