US considering new sanctions over Iran protests: White House official

A protester gestures under a flag of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) during a demonstration in support of the Iranian people amid a wave of protests spreading throughout the country. (AFP)
Updated 03 January 2018
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US considering new sanctions over Iran protests: White House official

WASHINGTON: The White House intends to introduce sanctions against elements of the Iranian regime or its supporters involved in a crackdown against countrywide protests, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.
“We are looking across the board,” the official said, pointing to authorities that allow President Donald Trump to target organizations or individuals involved in human rights violations, censorship or preventing free assembly.
“That requires information, but there is a lot of information out there, so we intend to start assembling that and see what we can do.” The official, who asked for anonymity, said the United States would “use all the information sources at our disposal to be able to get actionable information about who is doing the crackdown, who is violating human rights, who is using violence against protesters and to feed that in to our sanctions designation machinery.”
Meanwhile, a senior official has said the US may seek an emergency session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva over the ongoing situation in Iran.


Yemen’s army advances in Maran Mountains towards central areas in Hajjah

Updated 19 September 2018
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Yemen’s army advances in Maran Mountains towards central areas in Hajjah

  • A senior military official confirmed the army’s progress towards the Houthi militia stronghold
  • Over 1300 Houthi militant were killed in the past 10 days

DUBAI: Yemeni Army Forces advanced through the Maran Mountains towards central areas of Al-Jamaymah in the northwestern Hajjah province following fierce clashes with the Houthi militia, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

A senior military official confirmed the army’s progress towards the Houthi militia stronghold, while also confirming over 1300 militant deaths in the past 10 days.

Earlier this week, several Houthi militants were killed and wounded in clashes with the Yemeni army in the central Al-Baydah province.

In a statement issued by the Yemeni Armed Forces website, a field source said that 7 members of the army were wounded, while several Houthis were killed.