Taiz governor survives assassination attack in Aden

A roadside bomb in Yemen’s southern city of Aden targeted the convoy of a Saudi-backed provincial governor but he was unhurt. (Reuters)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Taiz governor survives assassination attack in Aden

ADEN: A roadside bomb in Yemen’s southern city of Aden targeted the convoy of a Saudi-backed provincial governor but he was unhurt, witnesses said on Tuesday.
Some people were injured in the attack on Ameen Mahmood, governor of Taiz province and a member of Yemen’s internationally recognized government in exile.
“The governor was not injured, but some of the escorts were injured and taken to hospital,” an official at the governor’s office told Reuters.
The number of assassinations and bombings in Aden has increased dramatically despite the presence of the Yemeni president and his government in the coastal city. 
Elsewhere, the Yemeni army said a family was killed by a Houthi bombing in Al-Sada village in Hajjah province, according to Al-Ekhbariya.
The army said that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia are bombing and targeting civilians in Hajjah following field losses.
Hayran directorate in Hajjah province has also become a flashpoint for militia after defeats in Harad and Midi.
Yemeni National Army forces are approaching violent confrontations in the Aham triangle, which is only six kilometers from the center of Harad.
Military operations are particularly important in the coastal provinces of Hajjah because they contribute to securing shipping lines off Yemen’s coast.
Saudi-led Arab Coalition Spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki said Yemeni forces have approached the center of Hayran after it bypassed Houthi elements, and destroyed their fortifications.
A number of villages and farms in Hayran had been liberated from the grip of the Iranian-backed militia and are now under control of the Yemeni army and the coalition.
During the operation, Yemeni forces recovered heavy, medium and light ammunition, including heat rockets.

(With Reuters)


Key player UAE backs new Yemen peace talks

Updated 4 min 17 sec ago
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Key player UAE backs new Yemen peace talks

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates, whose troops are fighting the Houthi militia alongside government forces, said Wednesday it would fully support new peace talks after UN-brokered negotiations broke down earlier this month.
UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said he had had “very productive discussions” with UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
“Reaffirmed strong support for UN-led political process after Geneva setback,” Gargash tweeted. “Will fully support UN proposals for new talks soon.”
The UN envoy has been shuttling between all sides in the devastating civil war that has killed nearly 10,000 people in Yemen since March 2015 in a bid to get peace talks back on track.
Planned negotiations in Geneva broke down on September 8 after Houthi delegates refused to show up until they received guarantees that they would be able to fly home afterwards.