Yemen’s army advances in Al-Bayda, liberates strategic position in Qanya

The source said coalition fighters launched three raids on militia-concentrated areas in ​​Qanya. (AFP)
Updated 22 April 2018
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Yemen’s army advances in Al-Bayda, liberates strategic position in Qanya

DUBAI: The Yemeni army made new ground advances in Al-Bayda province in its fight against the Iran-backed Houthi militia on Sunday, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
A Yemeni military source said troops backed by the Arab coalition liberated Masouda and Al-Aar mountains in ​​Qanya, east of Al-Bayda.
In a statement issued to Yemen’s official news agency, the source said militants fled toward Swaida after suffering heavy casualties within their ranks.
The source said coalition fighters launched three raids on militia-concentrated areas in ​​Qanya.


Arab Parliament classifies Houthis as a terrorist group, calls on UN and Arab League to do the same

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Arab Parliament classifies Houthis as a terrorist group, calls on UN and Arab League to do the same

  • The Parliament will vote on the draft resolution before submitting it to the UN and Arab League
  • The spokesperson called the Houthi attacks a war crime

DUBAI: The Arab Parliament on Wednesday designated the Iran-backed Houthi militia as a terrorist group and called on the United Nations to take similar action, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

The Parliament will vote on the draft resolution before presenting it to the secretary general of the UN and the Arab League’s secretary general, Meshaal bin Fahm Al-Sulami, spokesperson of the Arab Parliament, said.

The Parliament will not condone any group targeting civilian areas, such as Houthi attacks in neighboring countries like Saudi, he said.

These attacks are a war crime, Al-Sulami said.

He also mentioned that Houthi militias are threatening Yemeni MPs for attending Parliament sessions.

The announcement came during a press conference, as the latest session of the Parliament, headed by Al-Sulamai and in the presence of the speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, Sultan Al-Burkani, kicked off.

The Parliament’s session will focus on the current crises, challenges and developments in Arab countries, and will discuss the efforts of the Parliament to support joint Arab action against the dangers and threats facing the Arab national security.