Yemeni army foils Houthi militia naval attack

Yemeni forces loyal to the legitimate government patrol the sea. (AFP)
Updated 14 March 2018
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Yemeni army foils Houthi militia naval attack

DUBAI: Yemen’s national army forces foiled an Iranian-backed Houthi militia naval attack targeting the coastal city of Al-Khokha in the western province of Hodeidah on Wednesday, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
A Yemeni military source told the national army’s official website “September 26” that the militia launched its attack from three fishing boats which resulted in clashes between the two sides.
The army was able to defeat all militants while destroying their boats.


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

Updated 35 min 57 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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