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

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.

UK's Yemen envoy denounces Houthi's 'ambassador to Iran'

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UK's Yemen envoy denounces Houthi's 'ambassador to Iran'

  • Move also condemned by the internationally recognized government as a breach of international laws
  • Announcement comes after Iran's supreme leader met Houthi official in Tehran last week

DUBAI: The British ambassador to Yemen denounced the recent appointment of a Houthi “ambassador” to Tehran, saying only the legitimate government of Yemen can appoint official diplomats. 

The Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV said late Saturday that a “presidential decree was issued appointing Ibrahim Mohammed Mohammed Al-Dailami as an ambassador … for the republic of Yemen to the Islamic republic of Iran.”

The move was condemned by the internationally recognized government as a breach of international laws.

UK ambassador Michael Aron said late Monday that the Iran-backed Houthi militia has “no right to make such an appointment.”

Iran made no announcement about accepting the appointment of an ambassador for the Houthis, who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa and much of the north.

“This person has no official position - we will not meet him,” Aron tweeted. He also said he reiterated the UK’s support for the government of Yemen when he met Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed on Sunday.

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi severed diplomatic relations with Iran in October 2015, accusing Tehran of providing military aid to the militants.

The announcement comes after Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei held talks in Tehran last week with a Houthi delegation headed by rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam.

(With AFP)