Yemen’s army cuts arms supply linking Sanaa and Hodeidah

The source said the Houthis used civilians in the region on as human shields as the army advanced toward them. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Yemen’s army cuts arms supply linking Sanaa and Hodeidah

  • The army announced that troops had advanced toward the Kilo 16 area amid major collapses within Houthi militia ranks
  • On Sunday, dozens of Houthi militants were killed and many others wounded in a military operation

DUBAI: Yemen’s army has cut off an essential supply route linking Hodeidah province with the capital city Sanaa that the Houthi militia use to transport arms supplies, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
In a statement issued through the army’s media center, the army announced that troops had advanced toward the Kilo 16 area amid major collapses within Houthi militia ranks, with the troops only meters away from the Nana plan and Red Sea silos.
On Sunday, dozens of Houthi militants were killed and many others wounded in a military operation launched by units of the Yemeni army, east of Hodeidah.
A military source said a large number of families fled the area where their homes were at risk of cross fire, and were escorted to safe zones where they were given medical treatment and food.
The source said the Houthis used civilians in the region on as human shields as the army advanced toward them.


Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

Updated 19 July 2019
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Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

  • Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Irbil
  • Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is suspected to be involved in the killing

ANKARA: Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the region, the country’s defense minister said.
The Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Irbil. Police sources said two other people were also killed.
There was no claim of responsibility for the shooting, but many Iraqi experts have pointed to the probability that the Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist group, was behind the attack.
“Following the evil attack in Irbil, we have launched the most comprehensive air operation on Qandil and dealt a heavy blow to the (PKK) terror organization,” defense minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement.
Targets such as “armaments positions, lodgings, shelters and caves belonging to terrorists” were destroyed.
“Our fight against terror will continue with increasing determination until the last terrorist is neutralized and the blood of our martyrs will be avenged,” he added.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which now leads the regional government, enjoys good political and trade relations with Turkey.
But Turkey has been conducting a ground offensive and bombing campaign since May in the mountainous northern region to root out the PKK which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.
Earlier this month, the PKK announced that one of those raids killed senior PKK leader Diyar Gharib Mohammed along with two other fighters.
A spokesman for the PKK’s armed branch denied the group was involved in Wednesday’s shooting.