Houthi drone at Sanaa airport was preparing for an attack: Arab coalition

Spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said that the targeting was consistent with international humanitarian law and its customary rules. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 December 2018
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Houthi drone at Sanaa airport was preparing for an attack: Arab coalition

  • The Saudi-led Arab coalition destroyed a drone and its launch pad at Sanaa International Airport
  • The coalition said that the drone was in the preparation stage for its launch before it was destroyed

The Saudi-led Arab coalition destroyed a drone and its launch pad on Wednesday at Sanaa International Airport.

The coalition said that the drone was in the preparation stage for its launch before it was destroyed.

Spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said that the targeting was consistent with international humanitarian law and its customary rules, especially that all preventive measures had been taken.

The Coalition also pointed out that the Houthi militia, using Sanaa airport as a military barracks, was in violation of international humanitarian law.

Earlier on Wednesday, the coalition also accused the Houthi militia of breaking the Hodeidah agreement, warning that the ceasefire would collapse if the violations continued and the United Nations did not intervene quickly.

“The rebels have broken the agreement on 21 occasions since its entry into force on Monday night,” a coalition source told AFP. “There are indications on the ground that they chose to ignore the agreement.”

“We will continue to exercise restraint at this stage, but initial indications are not reassuring,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.


Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants

Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, above, said the operations will be on the eastern Turkish border. (AFP/File)
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Turkey, Iran carried out joint operation against Kurdish militants

  • Turkish Interior Minister said they will reveal the results of the operation
  • Turkish military carried out a number of arrests of alleged PKK members in Turkey

ANKARA: Turkey and Iran carried out a joint operation against militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Monday, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said according to state-owned media.
“We started carrying out an operation with Iran against the PKK on our eastern border this morning (and) will announce the result,” news agency Anadolu quoted Solyu as saying. State broadcaster TRT Haber also cited him commenting on the operation.
Turkey’s military regularly carries out air strikes against PKK militants in northern Iraq and has carried out operations to arrest alleged members of the group in Turkey. The PKK is deemed a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union.