Arab coalition bombs air base being used by Houthi militias

Colonel Turki Al-Malki said a base in the Yemeni capital was hit. (AN photo)
Updated 03 November 2018
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Arab coalition bombs air base being used by Houthi militias

  • Al-Malki added that Sanaa International Airport remains open to UN and relief-aid air traffic

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen said Friday it bombed an air base adjacent to the Sanaa international airport “which was being used by the rebels to launch drone and ballistic missile attacks.”

Turki Al-Malki, a spokesman for the coalition, said that no flights or international aid efforts at the airport were affected by the airstrikes targeting Al-Dulaimi Air Base in Sanaa. 

He added that Saudi air defense forces on Friday shot down a missile launched by Yemeni insurgents at the southern Saudi border city of Najran. The rocket was fired from Saada in northern Yemen, he said.

Fierce clashes flared between the Houthis and pro-government forces near Hodeidah.

A day after the government offered to restart peace talks with the insurgents, a pro-government military source told AFP that loyalist forces closing in on the Houthi-held Red Sea port city had reached its university.

The advance sparked intense fighting with rebels, with medical workers at two hospitals in the city reporting at least 34 Houthi fighters killed and dozens wounded during the past 24 hours.

Pro-government military officials and a medic in Hodeidah said six loyalist fighters had died in the violence. The fighting began on Thursday evening, backed by coalition airstrikes, they said.

A pro-government force backed by the UAE said it had launched “a large-scale military operation to liberate and cleanse Hodeidah” of the Houthi rebels.


King Salman receives outgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

King Salman receives outgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Flavio Marega in Riyadh on Wednesday. SPA
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King Salman receives outgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

  • The reception at the Yamamah Palace in Riyadh was attended by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir

King Salman received on Wednesday outgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Flavio Marega. 

The ambassador paid farewell to the king on the occasion of the end of his term as an ambassador of his country to the Kingdom.

The reception at the Yamamah Palace in Riyadh was attended by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir.

Later, King Salman received senior officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, presidents of chambers of commerce, and a number of businessmen.

During the reception, the king stressed the important role of the private sector in achieving development goals in the Kingdom and raising the level of provided services.

The audience was attended by Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi and Governor of Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization Saad bin Othman Al-Qasabi.