Yemeni army blocks Hodeidah-Sanaa road after taking control of airport

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Yemeni pro-government forces backed by the Saudi-led Arab military alliance gather during their fight against Houthi militia in the area of Hodeidah's airport on June 18, 2018. (AFP)
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This picture shows an armored vehicle on fire as Yemeni pro-government forces conduct an attack on Houthi militia positions in the area of al-Fazah in Yemen's Hodeidah province. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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Yemeni army blocks Hodeidah-Sanaa road after taking control of airport

  • Yemeni army said it has blocked the road linking Hodeidah to the capital Sanaa.
  • The Saudi-led coalition entered the main compound of Yemen’s Hodeidah airport earlier.

LONDON: The Yemeni army backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition announced Tuesday that its forces had succeeded in blocking the Hodeidah-Sanaa road leaving the Iran-backed Houthi militia without their vital link to the capital Sanaa.
The army added in a statement on its official web page, that its forces backed by the coalition outmaneuvered Houthi militia and secured the "kilo16" intersection point on the road to Sanaa. The Yemeni army statement said that this will deny the Houthis in Hodeidah essential supplies and ammunition.
The statement said that this advance leaves little choice for the encircled Houthi militia in the city of Hodeidah. 
Earlier, Yemen’s army, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, claimed full control of Hodeidah airport after fierce clashes with the Iran-backed Houthi militia, Saudi state-news channel Al Ekhbariya reported. The army advanced south-west of the airport towards 'Durahmi' in a push to secure the airport.

According to military sources, violent clashes erupted between the army and militia in the 'Wadi Nakhl' province, on the outskirts of Durahmi.

The Saudi-led coalition entered the main compound of Yemen’s Hodeidah airport on Tuesday, Yemeni military sources in the alliance and a resident told Reuters.

“They have stormed the airport,” said one Yemeni military source. A resident said the forces stormed the airport after fierce battles broke out early in the morning between coalition forces and Iran-aligned Houthi militants who hold the main port city of Hodeidah.


Algeria tensions: Governing party chief backs protesters

Updated 20 March 2019
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Algeria tensions: Governing party chief backs protesters

  • Moab Bouchareb told a meeting of party leaders that the party “supports the popular movement”

ALGIERS: The acting head of Algeria’s governing party says it is throwing its support behind protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Critics viewed the move Wednesday as an effort to save the reputation of the FLN party, or National Liberation Front, amid increasing disillusionment with Algeria’s power structure.
FLN interim leader Moab Bouchareb told a meeting of party leaders that the party “supports the popular movement.” But he also appeared to support Bouteflika’s “roadmap” for political reforms.
Bouchareb himself has been criticized as representing a leadership considered corrupt and out of touch with Algeria’s struggling youth. The FLN is Bouteflika’s party.
On Wednesday, foreign affairs minister Ramtane Lamamra said the Algerian government is “ready for dialogue” with demonstrators.
“As I see it, the demonstrations have only grown more numerous, and there will be no solution except through dialogue,” he said in a press conference in Berlin.
“The Algerian government is ready for dialogue, and beyond that, they are prepared to welcome the representatives of the opposition and civil society in the new government which is currently being formed.”
Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui has been struggling to form a new government as candidates sought to keep their distance from Bouteflika. Bedoui, who was appointed last week, had promised to create a new cabinet within days to respond to the demands of Algeria’s demonstrating youth.
Separately, the Protestant Church of Algeria issued a statement supporting the protests. The Church, whose exact number of members is not precisely known in the largely Muslim country, said it “fully shares the aspirations and legitimate claims of the Algerian people.”
Algeria’s union for imams and the Islamic High Council, a consultative body, had previously expressed their support for the protests.
Protesters want the ailing Bouteflika to step down after 20 years in power. Bouteflika responded by abandoning plans for a fifth term and promising reforms, but also delayed presidential elections indefinitely.
Demonstrators have demanded the government quit at the technical end of its mandate in April, along with the president who has rarely been seen since a 2013 stroke.