Yemen’s government condemns international community’s silence against Houthi crimes in Taiz

Yemen's government condemns international community's silence on Houthi crimes. (AFP)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Yemen’s government condemns international community’s silence against Houthi crimes in Taiz

DUBAI: Yemen’s government condemned the silence of the United Nations and the international community on the abuses committed by the Iran-backed Houthi militia against citizens in the Taiz province, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.
Yemeni Minister of Local Administration and chairman of the Higher Committee for Relief in Yemen Abdul Raqib Fatah said that the militia continued indiscriminate shelling on the homes residents in the province.
In a statement quoted by the Yemeni official news agency, the minister said that the silence in the face of the militia’s crimes in a number of Taiz districts is completely contrary to international and humanitarian law.
He called on the international community and humanitarian organizations to take serious and firm positions against all crimes of the Houthi militia.
He added that the international silence on these violations is unacceptable, calling on the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande and all humanitarian organizations to intervene quickly to stop these crimes.


Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza Strip: ministry

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Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza Strip: ministry

GAZA CITY: Israeli tank fire, at what is claimed to be a militant observation post, killed two Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, the enclave’s health ministry and sources from the militant movement said.
The ministry identified those killed as Hussein Al-Amour, 25, and Abdul Haleem Al-Naqa, 28. The incident happened east of the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, a ministry spokesman said.

Separately on Saturday night, Israeli aircraft struck two targets belonging to Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, but there were no reports of casualties.
The military said the operation was in response to a brief incursion across the border earlier in the day by Palestinians who immediately fled back into Gaza.
It added that the strike was also in retaliation for repeated Palestinian attempts to damage the border fence and "security infrastructure" during ongoing border protests.
At least 118 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip since mass protests and clashes broke out on March 30, according to figures from the Gazan health ministry.
No Israelis have been killed during that time.
Low-level demonstrations along the border have continued since protests peaked on May 14, when at least 61 Palestinians died as tens of thousands of Gazans protested the US moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass incursions into its territory.
It accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.