Yemeni army kills 20 Houthi militants, injures several others in Dhale governate

The Yemeni forces and the Arab Coalition continue to make advances against the Houthis. (File/AFP)
Updated 18 February 2019
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Yemeni army kills 20 Houthi militants, injures several others in Dhale governate

  • Yemeni forces advanced towards Al-Mashhad market in Ab governate as the Arab coalition raided Houthi areas
  • The attacks targeted Houthi reinforcements on their way to Nahm front

DUBAI: The Yemeni army killed 20 Houthi militants, including a field commander, in clashes in the southern Dhale governate on Sunday, Saudi state-agency SPA reported.

Yemeni forces advanced towards Al-Mashhad market in Ab governate as the Arab coalition raided Houthi areas, killing several militants and injuring others east of Sanaa.

The attacks targeted Houthi reinforcements on their way to Nahm front, according to civilian reports on Yemeni Minister of Defense’s official website “September Net.”

Meanwhile, Yemeni tribesmen from Hajjah’s Qeshar district destroyed Houthi militia gathering areas in the Darb Al-Maru area.

Field sources revealed that the tribesmen belonged to the Bani Riban tribe, and that they continue to group with other tribes to destroy militia gathering spots across the region.


Israel launches strikes on Hamas in Gaza after rocket hit near Tel Aviv

Updated 6 min 54 sec ago
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Israel launches strikes on Hamas in Gaza after rocket hit near Tel Aviv

GAZA: Israel’s military launched strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the army and witnesses said, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit a house and wounded seven Israelis.
Witnesses and a security source in Gaza told AFP there had been at least two strikes on a site belonging to Hamas’s military wing in the west of the Gaza Strip.
Details were not yet clear on the strikes.
Israel’s military said in a statement it “has begun striking Hamas terror targets throughout the Gaza Strip.”
The strikes began around the same time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met US President Donald Trump in Washington.
Netanyahu had earlier vowed a strong response to the rocket that hit a house north of Tel Aviv in a rare long-distance strike.
The house was destroyed and seven Israelis were lightly wounded from burns and shrapnel.
The flare-up comes at a highly sensitive time for Israel, which holds elections on April 9.
Israel blamed Hamas for the rocket, but a Hamas source denied the Islamist movement, which rules the Palestinian enclave, was behind it.
Netanyahu planned to cut short his Washington visit due to the security situation and return home after meeting Trump.