Nine civilians killed by Houthi bombardment south of Hodeidah

Newly recruited Houthi fighters take part in a gathering in the capital Sanaa. (File Photo: AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Nine civilians killed by Houthi bombardment south of Hodeidah

  • Local sources said the militia targeted civilians gathering to drink water in the residential Bahis neighborhood within the city
  • Residents took to the streets to demand the army to hunt down remaining Houthi militants in the region

DUBAI: Seven civilians were killed and four more wounded after Houthi militants fired three mortar shells at Heiss, south of Hodeidah province, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
In a separate incident, two civilians, including one child, were killed by militia mortar fire within the same city.
In a statement issued to the official Yemeni news agency, a local source said “militants fired missiles from their positions in Jabal Ras on three houses in Heiss, killing seven – among them four women and children.”
Local sources said the militia targeted civilians gathering to drink water in the residential Bahis neighborhood within the city.
Residents took to the streets to demand the army to hunt down remaining Houthi militants in the region.


Bahrain suspends visas for Qatari nationals

Updated 21 August 2018
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Bahrain suspends visas for Qatari nationals

JEDDAH: Bahrain has suspended issuing entry visas to Qatari nationals as part of the dispute between between Arab countries and Doha.

Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt launched a boycott of Qatar in June last year, accusing the country of links to terrorism.

The quartet cut off diplomatic, transport and economic ties with Qatar some trvel restrictions were placed on nationals travelling between the countries. 

"The Ministry of Interior has announced the suspension of the issuance of entry visas for Qatari nationals,” the Bahrain News Agency reported.

Qatari students who study in Bahrain will be excluded, along with those with valid visas, the ministry said.

The statement said the decision was not taken because of Qatari nationals “who share brotherly ties with Bahrainis, but as result of irresponsible acts of Qatari authorities that do not consider the rights of neighbouring countries or the principles of the international law,” the ministry said.