Algeria bans wearing of full-face veils in administration

Not so many women wear the niqab in Algeria, where the hijab — a scarf that covers the head and neck, but leaves the face clear — is the most popular. (AFP)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Algeria bans wearing of full-face veils in administration

ALGIERS: Algeria Prime minister Ahmed Ouayhia has banned female public sector employees from wearing veils that cover their faces.
In a letter sent to ministers and regional governors on Thursday, Ahmed Ouayhia cited reasons of identification for the move. Civil servants, he wrote, need to “observe the rules and requirements of security and communication within their department, which impose their systematic and permanent physical identification.”
Not so many women wear the niqab in Algeria, where the hijab — a scarf that covers the head and neck, but leaves the face clear — is the most popular.


Yemeni army recaptures Wadi Al-Tamm and Al-Saif mountains in Saada

Updated 21 January 2019
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Yemeni army recaptures Wadi Al-Tamm and Al-Saif mountains in Saada

  • Yemeni soldiers recaptured the strategic mountains of Wadi Al-Tamm and Jabal Al-Saif after clashes with the Houthis
  • Another seven militants were killed in a Yemeni army bombing

DUBAI: Yemen’s army reclaimed strategic mountain ranges in the Kitaf district in the northern Saada province from Houthi militants on Sunday night, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

Yemeni soldiers recaptured the strategic mountains of Wadi Al-Tamm and Jabal Al-Saif after clashes with the Houthis, which left six militants dead, according to a military statement issued on Yemen’s official news agency.

Elsewhere in Saada, seven Houthis - including leaders - were killed in a Yemeni army bombing in Ash-Shami front.

“The shelling targeted a Houthi operation room, were a number of leaders were present for a meeting,” a Yemeni military source added.