Arab Coalition targets Houthi reinforcements in Yemen's Hajar

Arab Coalition carries out the seventh aerial landing operation to support the Hajar tribes in Yemen. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 March 2019
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Arab Coalition targets Houthi reinforcements in Yemen's Hajar

  • More than 30 Houthi militants, including a commander, were killed
  • The coalition aircraft carried out an air strike Wednesday night, the seventh since the start of the clashes

DUBAI: More than 30 Houthi militants, including a commander, were killed by Arab coalition raids aimed at militia reinforcements coming from Imran to the Hajar Front in the province of Hajjah in north-west Yemen.

Coalition forces continued to supply Hajar tribes with food, medical, and logistical supplies, particularly in the besieged Qashar district of the Houthis.

The coalition aircraft carried out an air strike Wednesday night, the seventh since the start of the clashes.

Local sources said they had dropped quantities of aid, food and shelter materials for residents whose homes were damaged as a result of heavy shelling by militias on the villages of the area.


Syrian businessman linked to Assad arrested in Kuwait

Mazen Al-Tarazi has been living in Kuwait for a long while. (AFP/File)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Syrian businessman linked to Assad arrested in Kuwait

  • The businessman has a publishing and advertising company in Kuwait
  • He is blacklisted in the EU

KUWAIT CITY: A prominent Syrian businessman with close ties to Syrian President Bashar Assad has been arrested in Kuwait, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Mazen Al-Tarazi was arrested late Monday at his offices, his lawyer Badr Al-Yacoub told AFP.
He said that he did not yet know the reasons behind his client’s arrest.
Local authorities did not immediately release the charges against Tarazi.
But Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, citing unnamed informed sources, reported that the businessman is accused of money laundering and printing texts without authorization.
A longtime resident of Kuwait, Tarazi owns a publishing and advertising firm in partnership with a high-profile local businessman, Ahmad Al-Jarallah.
Jarallah confirmed to AFP that police had raided his offices on Monday night and arrested Tarazi’s secretary and two Al-Hadaf magazine employees.
Tarazi is on an EU blacklist of Syrian nationals who have been banned from entry to European states and whose assets have been frozen over their role in the Syria war.