Yemen’s security committee discusses regulation of arms possession in Aden

Yemen’s security committee met to discuss the launch of a program to regulate arms possession in Aden and neighboring provinces. (File/AFP)
Updated 14 December 2018

Yemen’s security committee discusses regulation of arms possession in Aden

DUBAI: Yemen’s security committee met on Thursday to discuss the launch of a program to regulate arms possession in Aden and neighboring provinces, Yemeni news agency Saba New reported.

The meeting, chaired by the Minister of Interior Ahmed Al-Misri and attended by leaders of the Arab coalition, stressed the importance of exerting more efforts to combat crime, and establish security and stability for the people of Yemen.

According to Saba New, the launch of the program aims to regulate and limit the purchase of weapons in order to reduce crimes in Aden.

Since the start of the conflict in 2014 when the Houthi militia took over the presidential place in Sanaa, reports of local crimes have increased in the famine-stricken country that is facing a currency crisis.


Hezbollah says 2 Israeli drones downed in south Beirut

Updated 9 min 50 sec ago

Hezbollah says 2 Israeli drones downed in south Beirut

  • Israelii jets earlier attacked targets near Syria’s capital of Damascus to pre-empt an alleged Iranian drone attack plot

BEIRUT: A Hezbollah official said Sunday that an Israeli drone went down over the Lebanese capital of Beirut and another exploded in the air, amid regional tensions between Israel and Iran.
Residents of the Iranian-backed group’s stronghold in southern Beirut reported one large explosion that shook the area early Sunday, triggering a fire. They said the nature of the blast in the Moawwad neighborhood was not immediately clear, but said it might have been caused by an Israeli drone that went down in the area amid Israeli air activity in neighboring Syria.
They said they heard an aircraft flying just before the blast and reported later that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group sealed off the area. The blast occurred near the militant group’s media office in the Moawwad district.
The Hezbollah official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as the person was not authorized to speak on the record to journalists. No details were immediately available.
Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon regularly and have struck inside neighboring Syria from Lebanese airspace on numerous occasions.
A few hours earlier, late Saturday, the Israeli military attacked targets near Syria’s capital of Damascus in what it said was a successful effort to thwart an imminent Iranian drone strike on Israel, stepping up an already heightened campaign against Iranian military activity in the region.
The late-night airstrike, which triggered Syrian anti-aircraft fire, appeared to be one of the most intense attacks by Israeli forces in several years of hits on Iranian targets in Syria.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Al Quds force, working with allied Shiite militias, had been planning to send a number of explosives-laden attack drones into Israel.
On Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the attack by Israeli warplanes a “major operational effort.”
Syrian state TV said the country’s air defenses had responded to “hostile” targets over Damascus and shot down incoming missiles before they reached their targets.
In recent days, US officials have said that Israeli strikes have also hit Iranian targets in Iraq.