Yemeni army liberates new areas in Al-Jouf from Houthi control

A tank operated by the government army moves to shell Houthi positions in this file photo. (Reuters)
Updated 19 January 2018
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Yemeni army liberates new areas in Al-Jouf from Houthi control

The Yemeni army continued to make progress for a second day on Thursday in ongoing battles with Houthi militia in the Burt Al-Anan area of Al-Jouf governorate.
Brig. Gen. Heikal Hantaf said Yemeni Armed Forces liberated the Afi, Al-Qaeef and Al-Tamr regions, as well as taking the “strategic” Habash mountain, according to a statement on the Yemeni Armed Forces website.
Brig. Gen. Hantaf added that the Yemeni forces are continuing their advance in their bid to liberate the rest of the area. He also said the Houthis have suffered heavy losses and that many of the rebels had fled.


Expat sacked and deported from UAE for praising NZ attacks

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Expat sacked and deported from UAE for praising NZ attacks

  • The unnamed man made inflammatory comments supporting the shootings on his Facebook account
  • The man has since been fired and deported back to his country

DUBAI: An employee at a Dubai-based security company was fired and deported for celebrating the deadly New Zealand mosque attacks under a fake identity on Facebook, the group said Wednesday.
“Over the weekend, a Transguard employee made inflammatory comments on his personal Facebook account celebrating the deplorable mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand,” the Transguard security group said in a statement.
“Despite posting under a false name, the employee responsible for last weekend’s inflammatory (Facebook) comments has been identified, terminated as per Transguard policy and handed over to the authorities.”
Transguard, which is affiliated with the Emirates Group that includes Emirates Airline, said the man had been deported by the UAE government.
It did not name him or reveal his nationality.
An Australian white supremacist shot dead 50 Muslims praying at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.
The attacks sparked global revulsion and drew condemnation from the United Arab Emirates.
In a statement following the attacks, the foreign ministry said the UAE stood in “full solidarity with the friendly state of New Zealand to confront extremism and terrorism and... safeguard the security and the safety of its citizens and all residents.”