Yemen army halts Houthi infiltration attempts in Al-Hess

A Yemeni fighter loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president stands next to an army Toyota pickup truck as it lies in hole on the road leading to Khaled Ibn Al-Walid base, 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of the government-held Red Sea port town of Mokha, on April 15, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 03 April 2018
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Yemen army halts Houthi infiltration attempts in Al-Hess

  • Coalition forces halt infiltration attempt by Houthi militia in Al Hess, near Al Hudaydah in Yemen
  • Houthis lost 30 militants in the failed infiltration attempt says Saudi Arab coalition
DUBAI: Yemen’s national army and Popular Resistance forces supported by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition halted attempts Houthi militias backed by Iran in Al-Hess ​​in the province of Hodeidah, Al Ekhbariya reported on Tuesday.
A military source in the west coast front said in a statement to Yemen’s official news agency that “forces repelled the attempt of infiltration of Houthi from several axes and destroyed Houthi weapons,” with more than 30 killed.
The source added that “the response to the infiltration attempt coincided with raids by the Arab coalition jets and targeted military reinforcements and stores of weapons and ammunition and gatherings of the Houthi militia.”
Dozens of Iranian military vehicles were also destroyed as a result of air raids and artillery shelling on militia positions.
 


Arab League pledges $100 million to Palestinians, rejects Trump’s ‘deal’

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Arab League pledges $100 million to Palestinians, rejects Trump’s ‘deal’

  • Israel withheld the money over Palestinian payments to political prisoners
  • Palestinian leadership boycotted Washington after they recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

CAIRO: The Arab League has pledged to pay $100 million a month to the Palestinian Authority to plug the gap left when Israel blocked tax transfers earlier in the year.
“We confirm that Arab countries will support the Palestinian state’s budget... (to) resist the political and financial pressure it faces,” the League said Sunday following a meeting in Cairo.
Israel collects taxes on behalf of the PA, but withheld $138 million in transfers in February over Palestinian payments to political prisoners jailed for attacks against Israelis.
The Arab League’s move comes as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a much-touted “Deal of the Century” for peace between the Palestinians and Israel in the coming months.
The Palestinian leadership, which has boycotted Washington over a series of moves including recognizing the bitterly disputed city of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, says it can no longer trust the United States as a broker.
The Arab League said the deal “will not succeed in achieving long-lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.”
The peace plan is being developed by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose close ties to right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have heightened Palestinian suspicions.
Israel seized the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.