Houthis target refugee camp in Hodeidah: Yemen minister

According to the UNHCR, 2 million people in Yemen have been displaced since the start of the conflict three years ago. (File/AFP)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Houthis target refugee camp in Hodeidah: Yemen minister

  • The Houthi militia attacked a refugee camp in Hodeidah, injuring five with a grenade
  • The camp is funded by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center for Internally Displaced Persons

The Houthi militia attacked a refugee camp in Hodeidah, injuring five with a grenade, a Yemen minister said on Tuesday.

Minister of Local Administration and head of the Higher Relief Committee, Abdul Raqeeb Fattah, condemned the targeting of Beni Jaber Refugee Camp in Al-Khokha district.

The camp is funded by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP).

According to the UNHCR, 2 million people in Yemen have been displaced since the start of the conflict three years ago.

The attack is the second in three months, the Yemeni minister said, calling on the international community to condemn the targeting of civilians.  

The minister called on the UN humanitarian coordinator Lisa Grande to submit a comprehensive report to the United Nations and the Security Council to clarify the crimes committed by the Houthis against civilians and displaced persons in Hodeidah and a number of Yemeni provinces.


Iraq lifts nearly 30 km of blast walls from Baghdad: official

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Iraq lifts nearly 30 km of blast walls from Baghdad: official

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities have removed nearly 30 kilometers of concrete blast walls across Baghdad in the last six months, mostly around the capital’s high-security Green Zone, a senior official told AFP.
Since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, T-walls — thick barriers about six meters tall and one meter wide — have surrounded potential targets of car bombs or other attacks.
When premier Adel Abdel Mahdi came to power last year, he promised to remove barriers, checkpoints and other security measures to make Baghdad easier to navigate.
“Over the last six months, we removed 18,000 T-walls in Baghdad, including 14,000 in the Green Zone alone,” said Staff Lt. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bayati, the PM’s top military adviser.
Hundreds of the security checkpoints that contributed to Baghdad’s notorious traffic jams have also been removed.
And according to the Baghdad municipality, 600 streets that had been closed off to public access have been opened in the last six months.
Among them are key routes crossing through Baghdad’s Green Zone, the enclave where government buildings, UN agencies and embassies including the US and UK missions are based.
It was long inaccessible to most Iraqis until an order from Abdel Mahdi last year, and families can now be seen picking their way across its manicured parks for sunset pictures.
Iraq is living a rare period of calm after consecutive decades of violence, which for Baghdad peaked during the sectarian battles from 2006 to 2008.
It was followed, in 2014, by Daesh’s sweep across a third of the country and a three-year battle to oust the militants from their urban strongholds.
The group still wages hit-and-run attacks against Iraqi security forces and government targets, and Baghdad’s authorities are on high alert.
Thousands of the removed T-walls have been placed on Baghdad’s outskirts to prevent infiltration by Daesh sleeper cells, according to Bayati.