Fishermen from Yemen’s West Coast appeal for protection from Iranian ship ‘Safiz’

A statement by the fishermen union in Taiz called for action to remove suspicious vessels in the west coast. (File/AFP)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Fishermen from Yemen’s West Coast appeal for protection from Iranian ship ‘Safiz’

DUBAI: Fishermen of the west coast of Yemen have appealed for protection against supposed threats from the Iranian ship “Safiz” in the Red Sea, Yemeni media reported on Tuesday.

A statement by the fishermen union in Taiz called for action to remove suspicious vessels in the west coast, which they said were being used by Iran and Houthi militia.

The fishermen particularly claimed that the Iranian ship ‘Safiz’ was carrying listening devices and radars to coordinate with the Houthis, as well as harassing and threatening the lives of fishermen.

The union also appealed to the internationally recognized government of Yemen and the Saudi-led coalition to protect fishermen operating on the west coast, and to ensure that their lives were not endangered by the presence of the Iranian ship, which they claimed was causing great harm and damage to their sole source of income.

The fishermen’s union likewise called on the international community to protect the international waters from Iranian presence and appealed to the United Nations to investigate why the Iranian ship ‘Safiz’ was in the Red Sea.

 


US to leave 200 troops in Syria for a period of time - White House

A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria. (US Army photo)
Updated 8 min 35 sec ago
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US to leave 200 troops in Syria for a period of time - White House

  • The decision was announced after Trump spoke by phone to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

WASHINGTON: The United States will leave “a small peacekeeping group” of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a US pullout, the White House said on Thursday.
President Donald Trump in December ordered a withdrawal of the 2,000 American troops in Syria on the defeat of the last remnants of the Islamic State militancy there.
But he has been under pressure from some advisers to adjust his policy to ensure the protection of Kurdish forces who supported the fight against Islamic State and who might now be threatened by Turkey.
“A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement.
The decision was announced after Trump spoke by phone to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
A White House statement said that the two leaders agreed, regarding Syria, to “continue coordinating on the creation of a potential safe zone.”
They noted that acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford would be hosting their Turkish counterparts in Washington this week for further talks, the White House said.