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.

 


Iran can expand range of ballistic missiles: Guards commander

Updated 10 December 2018
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Iran can expand range of ballistic missiles: Guards commander

  • The Iranian government has ruled out negotiations with Washington over its military capabilities
  • Last month, Hajjizadeh said that US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and US aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles

GENEVA: Iran has the ability to build ballistic missiles with a broader range, a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Monday, according to the semi-official Fars News agency.
Iran’s missiles currently cover a range of 2000 kilometers (1,240 miles) and many “enemy bases” are within 800 kilometers of the Islamic Republic, Amirali Hajjizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ airspace division, was cited as saying.
US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program in May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran. He said the deal was flawed because it did not include curbs on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.
“We have the ability to build missiles with a broader range,” Hajjizadeh said, according to Fars News. He added, “We don’t have limitations from a technical perspective or by conventions with regard to missile range.”
The Iranian government has ruled out negotiations with Washington over its military capabilities, particularly its missile program run by the Guards.
Last month, Hajjizadeh said that US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, and US aircraft carriers in the Gulf were within range of Iranian missiles.
In October, the Revolutionary Guards fired missiles at Daesh militants in Syria after the extremist group took responsibility for an attack at a military parade in Iran that killed 25 people, nearly half of them members of the Guards.