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.


Migrants forced off ship after refusing to return to Libya

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Migrants forced off ship after refusing to return to Libya

  • The migrants had refused to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them
  • “This is the worst possible conclusion to the desperate plea of the people”

CAIRO: An international rights group says Libyan authorities have forcibly removed dozens of migrants who had barricaded themselves in a container ship in the port city of Misrata for the past 10 days after being picked up at sea.
The migrants had refused to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them.
Human Rights Watch says Wednesday some migrants were taken to hospital late Tuesday while others were taken to a detention center in Misrata.
The migrants were attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe and were rescued by a cargo ship, Nivin, that brought them to Libya.
Judith Sunderland of HRW says “this is the worst possible conclusion to the desperate plea of the people on board the Nivin to avoid inhuman detention in Libya.”