Arab coalition thwarts Houthi boat bomb targeting commercial ships off Yemen

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The boat full of explosives was launched near Hodeidah. (Arab coalition)
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The boat was sent target commercial vessels off the coast of Yemen. (Arab coalition)
Updated 24 August 2018
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Arab coalition thwarts Houthi boat bomb targeting commercial ships off Yemen

MINA: The Arab coalition said on Thursday it had foiled an attack by Houthi militants using speed boats full of explosives to target commercial vessels.

Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the alliance, said its forces managed to thwart the boat, which was launched from the shore near the port of Hodeidah.

“The coalition’s forces have taken the necessary measures to protect merchant ships of the alliance,” Al-Maliki said 

He said the militia and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards continue to threaten international shipping routes and global trade and that protecting the Bab Al-Mandeb strait is an international responsibility.


Secretary-General of Arab League warns Palestine situation critical

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Secretary-General of Arab League warns Palestine situation critical

  • The United States recently announced that it is ending all funding for the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA
  • The Secretary-General stated that this deprives Palestinians of any political solution in the future

The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit warned of the deteriorating situation of Palestinians in occupied territories, pointing out that the current situation is cause for concern.

Aboul Gheit said in a statement: “The US administration is exerting unprecedented pressure on the weakest party in this conflict, and it is not understood how such an approach could eventually lead to peace, which actually distances us from the two-state solution.”

The United States recently announced that it is ending all funding for the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA. Washington’s aid cuts to the Palestinians also affects cancer patients and peace groups.

The Secretary-General stated that this deprives Palestinians of any political solution in the future and puts them under unprecedented pressure, both at a political level and on a humanitarian level with regards to the standard of daily life of millions of people living in occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Aboul Gheit stressed that the explosion of the situation in Palestine will not be in the interest of any party, and that there is a responsibility on the international community to prevent the situation to deteriorate even more.

Aboul Gheit blamed the US, calling Washington responsible for creating this state of anger and despair among Palestinians, stating that the situation has negative consequences for stability in the region.