Saleh’s son vows to “confront enemies of the homeland” — statement

This file photo shows Brig. Gen. Ahmed Saleh, the son of Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, at the presidential palace in Sanaa on February 19, 2011. (REUTERS)
Updated 05 December 2017
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Saleh’s son vows to “confront enemies of the homeland” — statement

DUBAI: The son of Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed on Monday, vowed to “confront enemies of the homeland,” according to a written statement received on Tuesday.
Ahmed Ali, a former commander of Yemen’s elite Republican Guards, said in the statement sent by an aide to Reuters that his father had died at his house, while carrying his weapon.
Referring to the Iran-aligned Houthi group which killed his father, Ahmed Ali said he would “confront the enemies of the homeland and humanity, who are trying to obliterate its identity and its gains and to humiliate Yemen and Yemenis.”


13 killed, dozens hurt in latest bout of Tripoli fighting, says Libyan ministry

Members of the Tripoli Protection Force, an alliance of militias from the capital city, patrol an area south of the Libyan capital on January 18, 2019, during clashes with the Seventh Brigade group from the town of Tarhuna. (AFP)
Updated 20 January 2019
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13 killed, dozens hurt in latest bout of Tripoli fighting, says Libyan ministry

  • The Libyan National Army faction said it killed Abu Talha Al-Libi, a commander in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and two other militants near the city of Sabha

BENGHAZI: Libya’s Health Ministry said fighting in the capital Tripoli between rival militias has left 13 people dead.
The ministry said late Friday that 52 people were injured in the fighting which flared up Wednesday, shattering a UN-brokered cease-fire reached in September that ended hostilities in the city.
The earlier bout of violence killed nearly 100 people.
In a statement, the ministry appealed to rival militiamen not to target ambulances and medics.
The fighting between militias allied to the UN-backed government in Tripoli and an armed group from a nearby town underscores Libya’s lingering lawlessness since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Muammar Qaddafi.
Al-Qaeda and Daesh have been using southern Libya as a base for attacks in Libya and neighboring countries, exploiting a security vacuum since 2011.
Meanwhile, Eastern Libyan forces have said they had killed a senior Al-Qaeda figure in southern Libya, during an operation to secure oil and gas assets and fight militants in the lawless south.
The Libyan National Army (LNA) faction said it killed Abu Talha Al-Libi, a commander in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and two other militants near the city of Sabha, LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari said.
The energy-rich North African nation is governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, each of which is backed by an array of militias.