Coalition forces stop Houthis’ attempts to advance into Western Yemen

Raids carried out by Saudi-led coalition fighters have prevented Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists’ attempts to infiltrate the coastal town of Al Khoukha. (File: AFP)
Updated 07 January 2018
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Coalition forces stop Houthis’ attempts to advance into Western Yemen

Raids carried out by Saudi-led coalition fighters have prevented Iranian-backed Houthi terrorists’ attempts to infiltrate the coastal town of Al Khoukha, which is part of the province of Hodeidah and had previously been liberated, according to Saudi state news agency.

A Yemeni military source said coalition aircrafts targeted the terrorists in the east as they were trying to infiltrate the city, according to the Yemeni armed forces website.

Meanwhile, a number of Houthis fighters were killed, with others wounded in air strikes targeting areas of the province of Al Baydaa held by the terrorists.

A source on the ground said the coalition fighters launched several raids in the Al Arif area, targeting Houthis groups in Jabal al Marqouza.

Yemeni army forces also foiled an attempt by Houthi fighters to advance toward the presidential camp and the presidential palace, east of Taiz.

A military source said in a statement to the Yemeni Armed Forces site that violent clashes had taken place between the two sides as the army repelled an attempt by Houthis to advance.

Elsewhere the army targeted Houthi positions in Tuba al Salal in the eastern part of the city. This resulted in the destruction several of the terrorist group’s vehicles.


Israel gives Bedouin villagers until end of month to leave

Updated 23 September 2018
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Israel gives Bedouin villagers until end of month to leave

  • Israel’s supreme court on September 5 rejected appeals against demolition, allowing authorities to move ahead
  • ‘No one will leave. We will have to be expelled by force’

JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities issued a notice to residents of a Bedouin village in a strategic spot in the occupied West Bank on Sunday informing them they have until the end of the month to leave.
The fate of Khan Al-Ahmar has drawn international concern, with European countries calling on Israel not to move ahead with plans to demolish it.
Israel’s supreme court on September 5 rejected appeals against demolition, allowing authorities to move ahead.
Israel says the village was built without the proper permits, though it is extremely difficult for Palestinians to receive such permission in that part of the West Bank.
The notice given to the some 200 residents of Khan Al-Ahmar on Sunday says they have until the end of the month to demolish the village themselves.
“Pursuant to a supreme court ruling, residents of Khan Al-Ahmar received a notice today requiring them to demolish all the structures on the site by October 1st, 2018,” a statement from the Israeli defense ministry unit that oversees civilian affairs in the West Bank said.
It did not say what will happen if they refuse to do so. Village residents vowed not to leave despite the notice.
“No one will leave. We will have to be expelled by force,” said village spokesman Eid Abu Khamis, adding that a residents’ meeting would be held later on the issue.
“If the Israeli army comes to demolish, it will only be by force.”
The village is located in a strategic spot east of Jerusalem, near Israeli settlements and along a road leading to the Dead Sea.
There have been warnings that continued settlement building in the area would eventually divide the West Bank in two, dealing a death blow to any remaining hopes of a two-state solution.
Israeli authorities have offered alternative sites for Khan Al-Ahmar residents, but villagers say the first was near a rubbish dump and the latest close to a sewage treatment plant.