Saudi-led coalition to issue permits for aid delivery in Yemen

The permits will allow ships to deliver cargo into Yemen. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 November 2018
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Saudi-led coalition to issue permits for aid delivery in Yemen

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition is set to issue permits land, sea and air to enable supplies to be delivered to Yemen, Al Arabiya news channel reported.

The coalition will issue 16 permits for ships destined for Yemen’s ports carrying cargos of basic materials, medical supplies and oil.

There will also be 12 air permits and permits to enable land protection.

The coalition is supporting Yemeni forces fighting to restore the internationally-recognized government, which was forced to flee the capital in 2014 after the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized power.

Efforts are underway for fresh peace talks to resolve th conflict with Martin Griffths, the UN envoy to Yemen in Riyadh for talks on Monday.

The coalition said on Monday that the Yemeni army has achieved “great progress” on various fronts against the Houthis, including around Hodeidah, which has become the main focus of fighting.

During a press conference in the Saudi capital, spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki referred to a report released on Sunday that said joint command forces had discovered 86 naval mines planted by the  Houthis militia in the Bab Al-Mandab strait and the southern Red Sea.

The report said 36 recently planted mines were destroyed over the past week, and 13 sea mines were destroyed on Sunday alone.

Al-Maliki stressed the coalition’s continued efforts to maintain the safety of international maritime and commercial lines in the Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandab.

He also shed light on the ongoing humanitarian relief efforts via air, land and sea over the past week, as well as advancements in military operations in cooperation with the Yemeni army to target Houthi elements.

 


Israel cuts Gaza fishing limit after fire balloons

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Israel cuts Gaza fishing limit after fire balloons

  • Israel reduced the fishing limit to 10 nautical miles
  • The countries agreed to 20 nautical miles in the Oslo accords of 1990s
JERUSALEM: Israel reduced the offshore fishing limits it imposes for vessels operating out of Gaza from Thursday after Palestinians floated balloons fitted with incendiaries over the border, officials said.
The cut came just two days after Israel restored the limits to those set in April ahead of an Israeli general election.
“A decision was taken this Wednesday evening to reduce the fishing zone off the Gaza Strip to 10 nautical miles until further notice,” said COGAT, the defense ministry unit that oversees such regulations.
“The decision was taken after the launch of incendiary balloons from Gaza toward Israel,” it added.
Palestinians in Gaza have frequently floated balloons fitted with firebombs over the border to damage Israeli property and have in the past succeeded in setting fire to large areas of farmland.
Israel banned fishing completely when two days of deadly violence erupted earlier this month, but lifted the ban with a restriction of up to 12 nautical miles following a truce.
The 15-nautical-mile limit that had been restored on Tuesday was the largest allowed in years by Israel, which has fought three wars with Palestinian militants in the enclave and has blockaded it for more than a decade.
But human rights activists note that it still falls short of the 20 nautical miles agreed under the Oslo accords of the 1990s.
Israeli authorities have not said whether the 15-mile limit was one of the understandings reached as part of the May 6 cease-fire in Gaza but Israel media reported on Monday that it was.
The additional nautical miles are important to Gaza fishermen as they bring more valuable, deeper water species within reach.
Four Israeli civilians and 25 Palestinians, including at least nine militants, were killed in this month’s exchanges across the border.