Yemeni army de-mines three sites in Shabwa province and dismantles IEDs in Al-Jouf

Yemeni security forces inspect unexploded ordnance confiscated in the Lahj province. (AFP)
Updated 11 February 2018
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Yemeni army de-mines three sites in Shabwa province and dismantles IEDs in Al-Jouf

DUBAI: Yemeni army engineering teams in the third military zone completed the de-mining of three strategic locations in the Directorate of Asilan, located in Shabwa province, on Sunday, Saudi state-run news agency SPA reported.
Local authorities in the directorate took over the positions of Haid bin Aqil, Khaydhar and Lahjin from the engineering teams after the mines had been cleared.
Director-general of the directorate, Col. Ali Ahmad Al-Hajjri, said in a statement on the Yemeni armed force’s official website “September 26” that the Iran-backed Houthi terrorists have been stationed at sites overlooking various entrances to the directorate for three years in order to disrupt the advance of the army.
Al-Hajjri pointed out that the engineering teams continued to survey and clean up other sites, particularly those located in the southern part of the directorate.
The engineering teams also dismantled a number of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by the Houthis on the Aqaba front in Al-Jouf province.
A military source said that the engineering teams found and neutralized a number of complex IEDs equipped with cameras and remote control devices.


Israel steps up boycott fight after Airbnb settlement ban

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Israel steps up boycott fight after Airbnb settlement ban

  • Israel will encourage hosts in settlements to sue the company to make it ‘pay’ for its decision
  • Airbnb’s decision on Monday sparked outrage among Israeli officials and settler leaders

KFAR ADUMIM, West Bank: Israel is threatening vacation rental company Airbnb with high taxes and legal repercussions over its decision to remove listings from Jewish West Bank settlements.
The threats step up Israel’s fight against a global movement advocating for boycotts over the country’s treatment of the Palestinians.
Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said Tuesday that Israel will seek to impose “very high taxes” on the company in order to restrict its operations in the country. He also says Israel will encourage hosts in settlements to sue the company to make it “pay” for its decision.
Airbnb’s decision on Monday sparked outrage among Israeli officials and settler leaders, but was welcomed by Palestinian officials and human rights groups that had long pressured the company to end its contentious West Bank settlement listings.