UK, Saudi ministers ‘express outrage’ at Houthi killings in Sanaa

Quad meeting on Yemen held in Abu Dhabi. (MOFAUAE)
Updated 13 December 2017
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UK, Saudi ministers ‘express outrage’ at Houthi killings in Sanaa

LONDON: The foreign minsters of the UK, Saudi Arabia and UAE have “expressed outrage” at reports of indiscriminate killings and intimidation by Houthi militias in Sanaa, Yemen.
They met on Dec. 10 with senior US officials in Abu Dhabi to discuss the situation in Yemen, according to a joint statement released by the British Foreign Office this week.
The ministers also condemned Houthi aggression toward members of the General People’s Congress (GPC) and their families.
They called on the Houthis “to cease actions to suppress or eliminate other political parties in Sanaa.”
Yemen’s official news agency SABA said on Tuesday that the Houthi militias have killed at least 20 people and detained dozens across the country’s north since they assassinated former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The Houthis appear to be escalating their crackdown on any possible sign of rebellion among their one-time allies from Saleh’s party, the GPC.
During the meeting in Abu Dhabi, the officials discussed means of providing greater assistance to Yemenis in need of aid and ways of facilitating the entry of humanitarian and commercial goods.


Iran can expand range of ballistic missiles: Guards commander

Updated 10 December 2018
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Iran can expand range of ballistic missiles: Guards commander

  • The Iranian government has ruled out negotiations with Washington over its military capabilities
  • Last month, Hajjizadeh said that US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and US aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles

GENEVA: Iran has the ability to build ballistic missiles with a broader range, a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Monday, according to the semi-official Fars News agency.
Iran’s missiles currently cover a range of 2000 kilometers (1,240 miles) and many “enemy bases” are within 800 kilometers of the Islamic Republic, Amirali Hajjizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ airspace division, was cited as saying.
US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program in May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran. He said the deal was flawed because it did not include curbs on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.
“We have the ability to build missiles with a broader range,” Hajjizadeh said, according to Fars News. He added, “We don’t have limitations from a technical perspective or by conventions with regard to missile range.”
The Iranian government has ruled out negotiations with Washington over its military capabilities, particularly its missile program run by the Guards.
Last month, Hajjizadeh said that US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and US aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles.
In October, the Revolutionary Guards fired missiles at Daesh militants in Syria after the extremist group took responsibility for an attack at a military parade in Iran that killed 25 people, nearly half of them members of the Guards.