Yemeni army forces control five new areas in Saada province

Yemen's national army took control of new areas in the Saada province. (AFP)
Updated 11 March 2018
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Yemeni army forces control five new areas in Saada province

DUBAI: Yemeni forces have taken control of new areas in Saada province following fierce clashes with Iranian-backed Houthi militants, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
“The army liberated the areas of Azhour and Al-Hajjla and the village of Bani Meen and Hanaka other areas on outskirts of the Razih directorate, located to the north-west of Saada,” commander of the seventh brigade border guards, Col. Hamoud Hisham, said in a statement on the national army’s official website “26 September.”
The military official also said more than 30 militants were killed over the past two days following Arab coalition airstrikes targeting Houthi headquarters and weapons’ caches in Razih.


Rocket hits site of foreign oil firms in Iraq's Basra

Updated 22 min 51 sec ago
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Rocket hits site of foreign oil firms in Iraq's Basra

  • The rocket hit Burjeisa residential and operations headquarters west of Basra
  • Police said the rocket was a short-range Katyusha missile

BASRA: A rocket landed at the headquarters for several global major oil companies, including US giant ExxonMobil, near Iraq’s southern city of Basra early on Wednesday, wounding two Iraqi workers, police said.

The rocket hit the Burjesia residential and operations headquarters west of the city, they said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

A security source said Exxon was preparing to evacuate some 20 foreign staff immediately.

Other companies operating at the site include Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Italian Eni SpA, oil officials said.

Police said the rocket was a short-range Katyusha missile that landed 100 meters from the section of the site used as a residence and operations center by Exxon.

Burjesia is near the Zubair oilfield operated by Eni.

Exxon evacuated staff last month after the United States cited unspecified threats from Iran for a decision to take hundreds of diplomatic staff out of Iraq.

Exxon had begun returning staff to Iraq, however, before Wednesday’s incident.

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