Houthis target fleeing family with mortar shells in Yemen’s Hodeidah

Houthis attacked and detained dozens of young people protesting against plunging living standards and rising prices. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 October 2018
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Houthis target fleeing family with mortar shells in Yemen’s Hodeidah

  • All five members of the family were injured when Houthis shelled them as they tried to escape towards Al-Khokha
  • The incident comes a day after the militia targeted a KSRelief camp for displaced people in Al-Khokha

DUBAI: Houthi militants fired mortars at a family as they fled their home in Durahmi, south of Yemen’s Hodeidah province, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

A statement issued by the government-backed Amaliqa Brigades said all five members of the family were injured when Houthis shelled them as they tried to escape towards Al-Khokha.

The incident comes a day after the militia targeted a King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre camp for displaced people in Al-Khokha, killing a woman and injuring a large number of civilians.

KSRelief visited the Beni Jaber Camp in Al Khokha district on Sunday to assess the damage to the camp, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The charity's officials checked that the mobile clinics at the camp were still able to do their work and the situation of those injured in the attack and treated by medical staff.

Meanwhile, KSRelief distributed aid to more than 600 widowed women in Sayun District, located in central Hadhramaut including 618 bags of clothes and154 boxes of food.

The distribution is part of humanitarian efforts from Saudi Arabia through KSRelief to the people of Yemen, which have so far reached 286 projects. 

Meanwhile, the Saudi Project for Landmines Clearance in Yemen, MASAM, said it had extracted 7,146 mines during 102 days since it launched the campaign. The munitions range from anti-personnel mines to other explosive devices and unexploded ordnances.

The report revealed that the team successfully cleared 787 mines from Marib and the West Coast during the first week of October.

 


Turkey blocked from US F-35 program after Russian missile purchase

Updated 14 min 20 sec ago
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Turkey blocked from US F-35 program after Russian missile purchase

  • “The US and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the program"

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move that had been long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week.
The first parts of the S-400 air defense system were flown to the Murted military air base northwest of Ankara on Friday, sealing Turkey’s deal with Russia, which Washington had struggled for months to prevent.
“The US and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the program and initiate the process to formally remove Turkey from the program,” said Ellen Lord, the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.
“The United States is spending between $500 and $600 million in non-recurring engineering in order to shift the supply chain,” she said.
Used by NATO and other US allies, the F-35 stealth fighter jet is the world’s most advanced jet fighter. Washington is concerned that deploying the S-400 with the F-35 would allow Russia to gain too much inside information of the stealth system.
“The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities,” the White House said in a statement earlier on Wednesday.
Washington has long said the acquisition may lead to Turkey’s expulsion from the F-35 program.
The Pentagon had already laid out a plan to remove Turkey from the program, including halting any new training for Turkish pilots on the advanced aircraft.
“The situation with Turkey is a government-to-government matter and we’ll comply with any guidance issued by the United States Government,” said a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin Corp. , the prime contractor on the jet.