Houthi militia is still using civilians as ‘human shields’: Coalition Spokesperson

Col. Turki Al-Maliki
Updated 24 June 2018
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Houthi militia is still using civilians as ‘human shields’: Coalition Spokesperson

  • The political diplomatic solution is always optimal for the Yemeni people
  • The Houthi militia is imposing restrictions on the relief work and the UN staff

JEDDAH: The coalition in support of legitimacy for Yemen has many options in Hodeidah, including a lightning military operation, coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki told a news conference in Brussels.
“The political diplomatic solution is always optimal for the Yemeni people, stressing that the coalition continues to work to restore Yemeni legitimacy,” Al-Maliki said.
He added that a lightning military operation against the Houthi militia was an available option, noting that the safety of Yemeni civilians is a top priority and any concession or proposal of the Houthi militia must be through the UN envoy to Yemen.
Al-Maliki said the coalition provides all facilities for the entry of medical and food aid to Hodeidah, stressing that the liberation of Hodeidah will affect all Yemenis and will stop the illegal collection of money.
“We are working to distribute aid on Yemeni territory without any discrimination. The Houthi militia is imposing restrictions on the relief work and the UN staff,” he said, adding that the liberation of Hodeidah would cut the vital artery to arming the Houthi militia.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.