Houthis fire rockets at Yemen military parade in ‘assassination attempt’ on minister

Yemeni security officials say Houthi rebels fired Katyusha rockets on a military parade near the central city of Taiz. (Supplied)
Updated 22 January 2018
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Houthis fire rockets at Yemen military parade in ‘assassination attempt’ on minister

LONDON: Yemeni security officials say Houthi rebels fired Katyusha rockets on a military parade near the central city of Taiz, killing four civilians including a local journalist, in an apparent assassination attempt on the interior minister and his deputy.
The officials spoke about Monday’s attack on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, AP reported.
Radwan Shamsan, a member of Rasd Coaltion, a Yemeni group that monitors human rights violations in Taiz, told Arab News that the rockets were fired at the Al-Khiami area in Al-Ma’afer district.
An unnamed boy being treated at Khalifa hospital in Al-Turbah. (Supplied)
An unnamed boy being treated at Khalifa hospital in Al-Turbah. (Supplied)

“There was a military festival for private security forces, but the bombing came after it ended,” Shamsan said, adding that at least 15 civilians were killed and the injured were taken to Khalifa hospital in Al-Turbah when four rockets were fired.
According to Shamsan, many of the injured were women and children, with a second journalist also among the injured, whilst the journalist who was killed was identified as Mohammed Al-Qadasi — a photographer for local news channel Belqees TV.
 
The broken camera lense of Mohammed Al-Qadasi. (Supplied)
Omar Al-Bothaigi said he was in his car with his friend, approximately two meters away from the gate of the military camp, talking to an officer and a journalist who were standing next to his car when the rocket hit.
Al-Bothaigi explained that shrapnel was lodged into his skull behind his ear after the blast. He was later taken to hospital for an MRI scan.
“Unfortunately the officer died and the journalist is in the intensive care unit,” Al-Bothaigi said.
Omar Al-Bothaigi said he was in his car with his friend, approximately two meters away from the gate of the military camp. (Supplied)


Did lightning strike trigger Gaza rocket attack on Israel?

Updated 23 October 2018
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Did lightning strike trigger Gaza rocket attack on Israel?

  • Hamas took the unusual step of denying it had carried out an attack
  • Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi said there was reason to believe that was true

JERUSALEM: A theory that a lightning strike triggered Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza last week gained traction in Israel on Tuesday and might explain the Israeli military’s limited response.
Two rockets were launched from the Hamas-ruled enclave on Oct. 17. But the group took the unusual step of denying it had carried out an attack. Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi said there was reason to believe that was true.
One of the rockets wrecked a house in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, causing no casualties, the other landed in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel responded with air strikes that killed a militant in Gaza.
Soon afterwards, video appeared on social media showing lightning illuminating the night sky in Gaza and then two flaming rockets streaking into the air.
Israel’s best-selling daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, reported on Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet now believed the lighting set off a launch mechanism.
Asked about the report, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, a member of the security cabinet, told Israel Radio: “I won’t discuss security cabinet meetings and I don’t know which ministers are chatting with journalists, but I can say that as far as we know, Hamas did not intend to fire those rockets.”
Hamas officials had no immediate comment.
The rocket launchings coincided with Egyptian efforts to broker a long-term cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, which have fought three wars in the past 10 years.