Yemeni army expels Houthis militia from Awaja district in Hajjah province

Updated 16 December 2018
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Yemeni army expels Houthis militia from Awaja district in Hajjah province

  • The progress was made following a covert military operation launched by the army with support from the Arab coalition
  • Dozens of militants were killed and wounded during the clashes as the Yemeni army recovered weapons and ammunition from the Houthis

DUBAI:  Yemen’s army forces have taken control of new areas east of Hiran province after heavy clashes with the Iran-backed Houthi militia, according to Saudi state-news agency SPA.

A Yemeni military source said that the progress was made following a covert military operation launched by the army with support from the Arab coalition, and was able to liberate the Awaja area and a number of farms east of Hiran.

Dozens of militants were killed and wounded during the clashes as the Yemeni army recovered weapons and ammunition from the Houthis.

In a statement issued to the Yemeni army’s official website, 26 September, the source said that the militia fled their positions after planting hundred of mines and explosive devices.


Two killed in Iraq after vehicle explodes in car wash

Updated 23 May 2019
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Two killed in Iraq after vehicle explodes in car wash

  • The explosion took place in Qaim district of Anbar province, once a Daesh stronghold

FALLUJAH: A parked vehicle exploded in Iraq's western province of Anbar, killing two people and wounding two others, a district mayor said on Thursday, the latest attack inside what was once Daesh's last stronghold in the country.
The explosion occurred in Anbar's Qaim district, 300 kilometers west of Baghdad. Iraqi forces retook the area, which lies on the border with Syria, in December 2017, after which they declared final victory over the group.
The vehicle was parked inside a car wash, said Qaim Mayor Ahmed Mahallawi. The attack targeted members of the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a group of Iran-backed Shi'ite arnmed factions who helped defeat the Sunni militants, and successfully killed one, wounding two others. A car wash worker was also killed.