Yemeni army arrests local elements cooperating with Houthis in Hodeidah

Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed government gather with armed pick-up trucks and armoured vehicles on the side of a road during the offensive to seize the Red Sea port city of Hodeida. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 22 July 2018
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Yemeni army arrests local elements cooperating with Houthis in Hodeidah

  • The report stated that the Houthi attacks damaged more than 100 houses, eight farms, five mosques and four government facilities
  • Military sources said “army forces supported by the Arab coalition foiled a militia infiltration attempt and attack in the hopes of recovering positions in the region that it had lost”

DUBAI: The Yemeni army foiled a Houthi offensive into positions south of Yemen’s Hodeidah province on Sunday, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
Military sources said “army forces supported by the Arab coalition foiled a militia infiltration attempt and attack in the hopes of recovering positions in the region that it had lost.”
The army also arrested local elements working for the militia within the same province.
A military source told the Yemeni Defense Ministry’s official website, September Net, that those arrested were relaying army position coordinates to the Houthi militia.
Elsewhere, a report published by local activists revealed that more than 40 civilians were killed by Houthi bombardments in Hays province south of Hodeidah.
According to the report, among those killed were 14 children, and among the more than 100 wounded, were 40 also children.
The report also stated that the Houthi attacks damaged more than 100 houses, eight farms, five mosques and four government facilities.
Elsewhere Yemen’s army made further advances in the Hiran district of Hajjah province, north-west of Hodeidah on Sunday.
A statement released by Yemen’s army stated that the forces regained several new positions while continuing its advancement.
According to the statement, dozens of militia were killed and 10 were captured east of the village of Jemaa in the valley of Hiran.


Top Netanyahu challengers unite for Israeli elections

Updated 21 February 2019
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Top Netanyahu challengers unite for Israeli elections

  • Polls suggest together the two could surpass Netanyahu’s ruling Likud to become Israel’s largest faction
  • Elections will happen on April 9

JERUSALEM: Israel’s primary centrist challengers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have announced they are joining forces.
Ex-military chief Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, said early on Thursday they’ll present a joint list for the upcoming Israeli elections that “will constitute the new Israeli ruling party.” In a joint statement, the two said they were “motivated by national responsibility.”
A formal announcement is expected later.
Polls suggest together the two could surpass Netanyahu’s ruling Likud to become Israel’s largest faction after the April 9 vote.
Under their unity arrangement, the two agreed to a rotation leadership under which Gantz would first serve as prime minister and would be replaced by Lapid later. In contrast to Netanyahu, they say they will “heal the divide within Israeli society.”