UN chief says destruction of Yemen’s Hodeida port would be ‘catastrophic’

Medics say nearly 150 people have died in the last 24 hours of fighting. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 November 2018
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UN chief says destruction of Yemen’s Hodeida port would be ‘catastrophic’

PARIS: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the destruction of the Yemeni port of Hodeida, a vital lifeline for millions of starving civilians, could trigger a “catastrophic” situation.

Medics and military sources told AFP at least 149 people have been killed in 24 hours of heavy clashes as government loyalists, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, fight to oust Houthi militia from the Red Sea city.

“If the port at Hodeida is destroyed, that could create an absolutely catastrophic situation,” Guterres told France Inter radio during a trip to Paris.


Libyan officials say Hifter's forces fighting Daesh in south

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Libyan officials say Hifter's forces fighting Daesh in south

  • Haftar’s officials said they began the attacks in a mountainous area earlier this week
  • Daesh confirmed the attacks and said they also killed a number of LNA fighters
CAIRO: Libyan officials say forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar are pursuing Daesh militants in the country’s south, killing more than a dozen militants over the past three days.
The officials said Sunday that the self-styled Libyan National Army began its attack on a militant hideout in the mountainous area of Haruj earlier this week. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
The LNA media center said Friday that the Daesh militants were responsible for recent attacks in southern areas.
Daesh acknowledged the ongoing LNA attack and claimed to have killed and wounded dozens of LNA troops.
Haftar’s forces launched a military offensive in early April aimed at taking the capital, Tripoli, from a United Nations-aligned but weak administration.