Yemeni Vice President: Victory is just around the corner for Sanaa

Yemeni Vice President General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar (C) shakes hands with army officers as he visits military barracks in the eastern city of Marib on August 15, 2016. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 25 June 2018
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Yemeni Vice President: Victory is just around the corner for Sanaa

  • Mohsen reiterated that the Yemeni government led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Arab coalition are determined to restore legitimacy and establish lasting peace
  • Meanwhile President Hadi had a meeting with senior officials in Hodeidah to discuss the situation there

Yemen’s Vice President, Lieutenant-General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar said the capital Sanaa will be “cleansed of the Houthi militias,” Saudi state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported on Monday.

The vice president’s statement came during a meeting with senior Yemeni army officials in Marib that was attended by the commander of the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces.

During the meeting, Al-Ahmar claimed that “victory was just around the corner” and that Sanaa would return to its Yemeni identity, stressing the need to "redouble efforts," "intensify training and rehabilitation" and "complete military tasks and plans."

Mohsen reiterated that the Yemeni government led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Arab coalition were determined to restore the legitimate government and establish lasting peace.

‘Imminent liberation’

Meanwhile Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi had a meeting with senior officials and security leaders in Hodeidah on Sunday to discuss the situation there. The president discussed plans to arrange for humanitarian and relief aid to be delivered, along with preparations for a decisive solution in the battle to liberate the port city.

Hadi said the liberation of Hodeidah was imminent and that the Iran-backed Houthi militia would soon be defeated.

Hadi also stressed the importance of increased efforts by the leadership of the province and managers of basic services for the people.

He called on ministers to provide the necessary support for the people of the province in terms of logistics, relief, health and other fields.

Efforts are being made to provide relief and shelter for all areas of the west coast with the support of the KSRelief, the UAE and international organizations. Two planes loaded with relief supplies from KSRelief are expected to arrive with various supplies.

The Minister of Health, Nasser Baoum, said that 50 hospital beds were transferred to a field hospital in the west coast and a number of ambulances with their crews, in addition to medical supplies provided from China and India.

Minister of Water and the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor discussed a number of measures to ensure the continuity and provision of basic water and tents services.


Israel cuts Gaza fishing limit after fire balloons

Updated 23 May 2019
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Israel cuts Gaza fishing limit after fire balloons

  • Israel reduced the fishing limit to 10 nautical miles
  • The countries agreed to 20 nautical miles in the Oslo accords of 1990s

JERUSALEM: Israel reduced the offshore fishing limits it imposes for vessels operating out of Gaza from Thursday after Palestinians floated balloons fitted with incendiaries over the border, officials said.
The cut came just two days after Israel restored the limits to those set in April ahead of an Israeli general election.
“A decision was taken this Wednesday evening to reduce the fishing zone off the Gaza Strip to 10 nautical miles until further notice,” said COGAT, the defense ministry unit that oversees such regulations.
“The decision was taken after the launch of incendiary balloons from Gaza toward Israel,” it added.
Palestinians in Gaza have frequently floated balloons fitted with firebombs over the border to damage Israeli property and have in the past succeeded in setting fire to large areas of farmland.
Israel banned fishing completely when two days of deadly violence erupted earlier this month, but lifted the ban with a restriction of up to 12 nautical miles following a truce.
The 15-nautical-mile limit that had been restored on Tuesday was the largest allowed in years by Israel, which has fought three wars with Palestinian militants in the enclave and has blockaded it for more than a decade.
But human rights activists note that it still falls short of the 20 nautical miles agreed under the Oslo accords of the 1990s.
Israeli authorities have not said whether the 15-mile limit was one of the understandings reached as part of the May 6 cease-fire in Gaza but Israel media reported on Monday that it was.
The additional nautical miles are important to Gaza fishermen as they bring more valuable, deeper water species within reach.
Four Israeli civilians and 25 Palestinians, including at least nine militants, were killed in this month’s exchanges across the border.