US envoy calls for emergency UN session on Iran

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks about protests in Iran (AFP)
Updated 03 January 2018
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US envoy calls for emergency UN session on Iran

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Washington would seek an emergency meeting of the Security Council on the protests in Iran.
“The UN must speak out in the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session,” she said. “The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”
Haley praised the courage of Iranian demonstrators and said protests across the country were spontaneous, not driven by outside forces.
After she read out social media posts written by Iranians in support of the protests, Haley dismissed Iranian leaders’ contention that the protests were designed by Iran’s enemies.
“We all know that’s complete nonsense,” she said. “The demonstrations are completely spontaneous. They are virtually in every city in Iran. This is the precise picture of a long oppressed peoples rising up against their dictators.”
Iranians have entered a sixth day of protests as the death toll rises to at least 22. More than 450 people have been arrested so far and Iran’s Revolutionary Court in Tehran has stated that they will sentence anyone who demonstrates from today as enemies of the state.


Yemen’s army progresses against Houthi militia in Taiz

The Yemeni army and forces of the Popular Resistance gained controlled of the strategic military positions overlooking the district of Al-Rahdah, south of Taiz. (Reuters)
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Yemen’s army progresses against Houthi militia in Taiz

The Yemeni army and forces of the Popular Resistance gained controlled of the strategic military positions overlooking the district of Al-Rahdah, south of Taiz on Friday.

Captain Mohammed al-Naqib, told the official Yemeni news agency that the second brigade of the national army was able, after heavy battles, to liberate the mountains overlooking Al-Rahdah from the control of the Houthi militia, who suffered heavy losses.

According to the military official, the forces managed to gain control of several mountains in the area that were controlled by Houthi militia during a military operation backed by air raids of the Saudi-led Arab coalition targeting militia positions.