Suicide attack kills two in south Yemen

The attacker blew himself up while riding a motorbike near a vehicle carrying the commander of a battalion of UAE-backed forces. (Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP)
Updated 24 July 2018
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Suicide attack kills two in south Yemen

  • The attacker blew himself up while riding a motorbike near a vehicle carrying the commander of a battalion of UAE-backed forces
  • Two civilians were also wounded, added the source, who is loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized government

ADEN: Two people were killed Tuesday and six, including a security commander loyal to Yemen’s government, wounded in a suicide attack in Aden, a security source said.
The attacker blew himself up while riding a motorbike near a vehicle carrying the commander of a battalion of UAE-backed forces, the source told AFP.
The explosion killed a female passerby and a soldier driving the vehicle that was carrying the commander, who was among four wounded passengers, the source said.
Two civilians were also wounded, added the source, who is loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
A doctor in Aden confirmed the toll of two dead and six wounded to AFP.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in the southern city.
Nearly 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s conflict since 2015, when Saudi Arabia, UAE and other countries joined the government’s fight against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has flourished in the chaos of the civil war, especially in the south of the country.
Ten suspected Al-Qaeda jihadists and two soldiers fighting for Yemen’s government were killed last week in southern Yemen, in clashes and a drone strike, local officials and security sources said Sunday.
Yemen’s multi-faceted conflict has pushed the impoverished country to the brink of famine, triggering what the United Nations says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.


Palestinians to cut civil servant salaries after Israeli tax freeze

Updated 21 February 2019
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Palestinians to cut civil servant salaries after Israeli tax freeze

  • Israel's security cabinet on Sunday approved the freezing of $138 million (122 million euros) over the PA's payments to the families of prisoners, or prisoners themselves, jailed for attacks on Israelis
  • Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Wednesday he would not accept anything but full payment of the tax transfers owed by Israel

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian finance minister on Thursday announced salary cuts for civil servants, days after Israel said it would withhold tens of millions of dollars in tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.
Israel's security cabinet on Sunday approved the freezing of $138 million (122 million euros) over the PA's payments to the families of prisoners, or prisoners themselves, jailed for attacks on Israelis.
Israel, which collects taxes on behalf of the PA, says the payments encourage further violence.
The PA claims they are a form of welfare to families who have lost their main breadwinner.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Wednesday he would not accept anything but full payment of the tax transfers owed by Israel.
The PA, which is already running a deficit, will "pay the salaries of civil servants in time, but they will be reduced", said PA finance minister Shukri Bishara after a meeting with EU representatives in Ramallah.
The cuts will not apply to salaries "paid to pensioners and families of martyrs, wounded or prisoners", he added, adding that wages below 2,000 shekels ($550) would also not be affected.
Many Palestinians view prisoners and those killed while carrying out attacks as heroes in their conflict with Israel. Palestinian leaders often venerate them as martyrs.
Under a 1994 agreement, Israel collects around $190 million each month in customs duties levied on goods destined for Palestinian markets that transit through Israeli ports.
The money it then transfers to the PA is the authority's most important source of revenue.
The Palestinians want EU countries to pressure the Israeli government to rescind its decision, said Mahmoud al-Aloul, deputy of Abbas's Fatah party.
Palestinian leaders will take steps to "boycott Israeli goods", he said, adding they had already prepared "a list of Israeli products that have local (Palestinian) equivalents".