Yemeni minister says ‘disastrous’ UN report described Houthi as leader of the revolution

The UN Security Council designated sanctions on Abdul Malik Al-Houthi in April 2015 for engaging in acts that threatened the peace, security, and stability of Yemen. (File/AFP)
Updated 30 August 2018
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Yemeni minister says ‘disastrous’ UN report described Houthi as leader of the revolution

DUBAI: Yemen’s Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani condemned the United Nations on Wednesday over its report on war crimes in Yemen, in which he says the leader of the Houthi militia was referred to as a “leader of the revolution.”

The UN Security Council designated sanctions on Abdul Malik Al-Houthi in April 2015 for engaging in acts that threatened the peace, security, and stability of Yemen.

Describing the report as “disastrous,” Al-Iryani said on his Twitter account that it was based on “a number of fabrications” aiming to harm the internationally recognized government and the member states of the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting the militias.  

The minister said the report did not mention all the “terror acts” carried out by the militia group on officials, government headquarters and military and security sites of the government.

The report ignored hundreds of rockets launched by the Houthi militia under Iranian pretexts targeting the Saudi capital Riyadh and Makkah and a number of other cities in the Kingdom, the minister said.

There was no mention of the killing of a number of civilians, in addition to the targeting of oil tankers in international waters, he added.

The Arab coalition also refuted the UN report on Yemen, saying it made a series of accusations against the alliance.

In a strongly worded statement, the coalition, which supports forces loyal to the internationally recognized government, rejected the claim that it did not provide information requested by the UN.

The coalition dismissed as “false” and “inaccurate” claims in the report that its forces were obstructing humanitarian access to civilians in the country.


Released by court order, US professor vows to continue struggle with Palestinians

Updated 17 September 2018
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Released by court order, US professor vows to continue struggle with Palestinians

  • Frank Romano was detained on Friday in the village of Khan Al-Ahmar as he stood in front of heavy equipment being used to clear barriers
  • The village of roughly 200 people in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is at risk of being demolished at any time, despite fierce criticism from key European nations

JERUSALEM: Israel has released an American law professor detained for allegedly trying to block Israeli troops in a West Bank village slated for demolition.

The 66-year-old Frank Romano was detained on Friday in the embattled village of Khan Al-Ahmar, along with two Palestinian activists. Pictures on social media show him being led from the scene by Israeli riot police.

Witnesses said that Romano stood in front of heavy equipment being used to clear barriers that had been set up to slow demolition. Activists said he began a hunger strike while in detention.

Gaby Lasky, Romano’s lawyer, said a court ordered his release late Sunday. She said he was freed early Monday after police decided not to appeal the decision.

Upon his release, Romano returned to the village and said: “I can continue the struggle with you.”

Israel is expected to demolish the village in the coming days.

Romano, who teaches law at the Paris Nanterre University, was released on the orders of the Jerusalem magistrates court. 

He said that police had earlier handed him to immigration officials for immediate deportation without a court hearing but he refused to sign a consent form.

“The judge called the immigration and said ‘bring him back’ and we had the hearing,” he said.

In the courtroom, the judge ordered his release, he said.

Supporters said he was allowed to stay in Israel until Sept. 25, the original date of his return flight.

He was ordered to lodge a surety of 1,000 shekels ($256, €240) and provide a guarantor for a separate 5,000 shekel bond, they said.

The village of roughly 200 people in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is at risk of being demolished at any time, despite fierce criticism from key European nations.

On Sept. 5, Israel’s supreme court upheld an order to raze it on grounds it was built without the proper permits.

It is extremely rare for Palestinians to be given Israeli permits to build in Area C of the West Bank, where Khan Al-Ahmar is situated.

The village is located in a strategic spot near Israeli settlements and along a road leading to the Dead Sea.

There have been warnings that continued settlement construction in the area could eventually divide the West Bank in two and cut it off from Jerusalem, dealing a death blow to any remaining hopes of a two-state solution.