Hezbollah leader meets with Yemeni militia

Lebanon’s Shiite movement Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah is said to have met with members of the Houthi militia. (AFP/File/Patrick Baz)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Hezbollah leader meets with Yemeni militia

  • It is understood that Nasrallah met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam
  • The Hexbollah leader and the Houthi militia discussed the war in Yemen

BEIRUT: Hezbollah says its leader has met with a delegation from the Houthi militia.
The Lebanese militant group said Sunday that Hassan Nasrallah met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam to discuss the latest developments in Yemen’s war.
Hezbollah is believed to train and support the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi fighters, who are at war with a Saudi-led coalition allied with Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
Hezbollah, which is also an Iran-allied Shiite group, says the Houthis are fighting a war against “Saudi and American imperialism.”
Iran supports the Houthis but denies arming them.


Israel steps up boycott fight after Airbnb settlement ban

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Israel steps up boycott fight after Airbnb settlement ban

  • Israel will encourage hosts in settlements to sue the company to make it ‘pay’ for its decision
  • Airbnb’s decision on Monday sparked outrage among Israeli officials and settler leaders
KFAR ADUMIM, West Bank: Israel is threatening vacation rental company Airbnb with high taxes and legal repercussions over its decision to remove listings from Jewish West Bank settlements.
The threats step up Israel’s fight against a global movement advocating for boycotts over the country’s treatment of the Palestinians.
Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said Tuesday that Israel will seek to impose “very high taxes” on the company in order to restrict its operations in the country. He also says Israel will encourage hosts in settlements to sue the company to make it “pay” for its decision.
Airbnb’s decision on Monday sparked outrage among Israeli officials and settler leaders, but was welcomed by Palestinian officials and human rights groups that had long pressured the company to end its contentious West Bank settlement listings.