Leader of militant Hamas leaves Gaza for talks in Egypt

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh left Friday for Egypt, two days after Cairo opened the crossing temporarily. (Reuters)
Updated 09 February 2018

Leader of militant Hamas leaves Gaza for talks in Egypt

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: The leader of the militant Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza has left the blockaded territory for talks in neighboring Egypt after the country opened its border for a few days.
The group said in a statement that Ismail Haniyeh left Friday, two days after Egypt opened the crossing temporarily.
It said the visit aims to discuss Gaza’s economic crisis “that put Gaza on the edge of the abyss.”
Talks will also cover obstacles stalling a Palestinian unity deal with the Palestinian government in the West Bank, it said.
To the frustration of thousands of Palestinians wishing to leave Gaza, Egypt shut the frontier after the Hamas delegation crossed and its military began an anti-insurgent operation nearby.
Egypt has kept Rafah mostly closed since Hamas took over Gaza in 2007.

Yemeni troops stop Houthi advances, inflict further casualties

Updated 34 min 17 sec ago

Yemeni troops stop Houthi advances, inflict further casualties

  • The Yemeni army halted Houthi advances in a strategic district in Taiz
  • The army also liberated an important range of mountains in Saada

DUBAI: Eight Houthis were killed Tuesday during clashes with the Yemeni national forces in Taiz, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The militants were killed while trying to infiltrate sites in Tabab, a strategic route into Taiz, southwestern Yemen, the Yemeni military website 26 September News reported.

But the Houthi’s advance was halted by the army, which killed eight of the militia, the source added.

Al-Shaqb front is the main route to Sabr Al-Mawadem district in Taiz province.

Meanwhile members of the army took control of the route connecting the northern city of Saada with Kitaf and Albuqa districts after heavy clashes with Houthis, SPA reported.

The army took full control of the strategic mountain range in Kitaf and advanced towards Saada, inflicting heavy casualties on the Houthis.

Army units found and destroyed a large cache of weapons, 26 September News added.