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.


Iran ‘never seeks war’ with US: Rouhani

Updated 1 min 37 sec ago
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Iran ‘never seeks war’ with US: Rouhani

  • ‘Iran has no interest to increase tension in the region and it never seeks war with any country, including (the) US’

TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani said Iran “never seeks war” with the US, state media reported Wednesday amid a spike in tensions between the two countries.

“Iran has no interest to increase tension in the region and it never seeks war with any country, including (the) US,” the president said, quoted by state news agency IRNA.

Rouhani was speaking by phone to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, as Tehran and Washington engaged in an escalating war of words following Iran shooting down a US drone last week.

“We have always been committed to regional peace and stability and will make efforts in this respect,” the Iranian president told Macron.

US President Donald Trump said he pulled back from retaliatory strikes on Iran at the last minute, rejecting Tehran’s claim that the aircraft was in its airspace.

But pressure mounted this week with Trump announcing sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader and top officials.

The new measures are the latest against Tehran since Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear accord between Iran and world powers.

Rouhani blamed the United States for regional tensions Wednesday and said if Washington had stuck to the deal “we would have witnessed positive developments in the region.”

Iran announced in May it would suspend two of its pledges under the 2015 deal, giving the agreement’s remaining supporters two months to help it circumvent US sanctions.

On Tuesday Tehran’s top security official said Iran would “forcefully” reduce further commitments from July 7.