Russian FM Lavrov in Middle East push to resolve Qatar crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (AFP)
Updated 29 August 2017
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Russian FM Lavrov in Middle East push to resolve Qatar crisis

KUWAIT CITY: Russia’s foreign minister is in Kuwait at the start of a three-nation tour of Gulf states over the ongoing Qatar diplomatic crisis.
Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Kuwait City on Monday marks the first high-level diplomatic visit by Russia over the crisis, which began on June 5. Lavrov also will visit Qatar and the UAE on his trip.
Kuwait’s ruler has tried to mediate an end to a boycott by four Arab nations against Qatar, as have the US, France and other world powers.
Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE began their boycott over allegations that Qatar funds extremist groups and has too warm of ties with Iran.
Qatar has long denied funding extremists and just recently sent its ambassador back to Tehran.


Yemeni army kills 20 Houthi militants, injures several others in Dhale governate

Updated 18 February 2019
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Yemeni army kills 20 Houthi militants, injures several others in Dhale governate

  • Yemeni forces advanced towards Al-Mashhad market in Ab governate as the Arab coalition raided Houthi areas
  • The attacks targeted Houthi reinforcements on their way to Nahm front

DUBAI: The Yemeni army killed 20 Houthi militants, including a field commander, in clashes in the southern Dhale governate on Sunday, Saudi state-agency SPA reported.

Yemeni forces advanced towards Al-Mashhad market in Ab governate as the Arab coalition raided Houthi areas, killing several militants and injuring others east of Sanaa.

The attacks targeted Houthi reinforcements on their way to Nahm front, according to civilian reports on Yemeni Minister of Defense’s official website “September Net.”

Meanwhile, Yemeni tribesmen from Hajjah’s Qeshar district destroyed Houthi militia gathering areas in the Darb Al-Maru area.

Field sources revealed that the tribesmen belonged to the Bani Riban tribe, and that they continue to group with other tribes to destroy militia gathering spots across the region.