Half brother of Yemen's slain ex-president to head forces

Yemeni army forces can be seen in this file photo. (Reuters)
Updated 17 March 2018
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Half brother of Yemen's slain ex-president to head forces

SANAA: Yemen's president has appointed the half brother of the country's slain ex-president to head a military force.
Saturday's decision by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi assigns Ali Saleh Al-Ahmar, the half brother of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as commander of the country's reserve force.
Al-Ahmar fled the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, to Saudi Arabia following Saleh's death in December at the hands of Shiite Houthi rebels, Saleh's onetime allies.
The Houthis and Saleh's forces joined ranks in 2014, sweeping the capital and forcing Hadi's internationally recognized government to flee. Months later, a Saudi-led coalition backed Hadi's government and waged a campaign against the Houthis and Saleh's forces.
Saleh was killed after he expressed readiness to negotiate with the coalition, a move the Houthis saw as betrayal.
 


OIC condemns Israel’s nation-state law as racist and illegal

OIC Secretary General Yousef Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen. (AFP)
Updated 21 July 2018
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OIC condemns Israel’s nation-state law as racist and illegal

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the Israeli Knesset’s approval of the “Jewish nation-state” law, which declares that only Jews have the right to self-determination in the country.
The OIC labeled the move as a blatant challenge to the will of the international community, its laws and its legitimate resolutions.
The Secretary-General of the Organization, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, described the law as racist, unlawful and illegitimate.
“It ignores the historical rights of the Palestinians, both Muslim and Christian, and represents an extension to the Israeli settlement ideology and occupation policies, based on ethnic cleansing and denial of the existence of Palestinian people and history, highlighted by International resolutions,” he said.
He called on the international community to reject and condemn the racist law and to confront all Israeli racist laws and policies that aim to undermine any possible solution to the conflict.