Yemeni forces near highway leading to Sanaa; bomb kills 3

Yemenis gather around a burnt vehicle at the site where a mine, that Yemeni soldiers were taking away in their vehicle, blew up in a marketplace on Saturday in Huta, the capital of the southern province of Lahj, a bastion of Al-Qaeda jihadists. (AFP)
Updated 03 September 2016
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Yemeni forces near highway leading to Sanaa; bomb kills 3

ADEN: The Yemeni Army and its allies in the Popular Resistance committees on Saturday reached the outskirts on route linking Sanaa and Marib after taking control of the mountains and highlands overlooking the region, military sources said.
The army and the committees — both loyal to the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi — are trying to recapture Sanaa, still under the control of the Iran-backed Houthi militias.
The Houthis retained control over Sanaa after their attempted coup in September 2014.
In Taiz, the army and the committees defended their territories against an attack by the Houthis around the 35th Brigade, Madrat, Al-Han Mount and Al-Sayahi area west of the southwestern city.
Sources in the committees also reported a failed infiltration attempt by the Houthis into Sharaf Assalo, an area located south of Taiz.
The recent clashes led to the killing of 29 Houthis, while one pro-government fighter was killed, the sources said. At least 17 fighters from the pro-government camp were also injured.
Sources said an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition killed two Houthi field commanders, Aqeel Ali Ahmed Naji and Amin Faisal Moawad, in the province of Saada, bordering Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, three Yemeni soldiers were killed Saturday when a mine they had “dismantled” and taken away in their vehicle blew up as they stopped in a marketplace, a security official said.
Seven other people including three civilians were wounded in the blast in Huta, capital of the southern province of Lahj, a bastion of Al-Qaeda, according to the official.
The soldiers had “dismantled” the mine planted by suspected extremists on a road on the edge of Huta and placed it in the back of their vehicle, he said, declining to be named.
The device exploded when they stopped at a market in the city, he added.


Lebanese budget protesters clash with security in Beirut

Updated 20 May 2019
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Lebanese budget protesters clash with security in Beirut

  • Over one hundred protesters gathered Monday outside the Government House in downtown Beirut
  • Lebanon faces a looming fiscal crisis as the economy struggles with soaring debt

BEIRUT: Security forces opened water cannons on Lebanese anti-austerity protesters in the country’s capital on Monday, as the government continued to hold marathon meetings to discuss severe budget cuts.
Lebanon faces a looming fiscal crisis as the economy struggles with soaring debt, rising unemployment and slow growth. The government’s tightened budget and key reforms aim to unlock billions of dollars in pledged foreign assistance. But planned cuts have unleashed a wave of public discontent, amid leaks that austerity could target public wages, services and social benefits.

A retired Lebanese soldier chants slogans while holding an army flag, during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday. (AP)

Over one hundred protesters gathered Monday outside the Government House in downtown Beirut shouting “Thieves, thieves!” as the Cabinet met for its 16th session and struggles to reach agreement.
Protesters pushed back against police lines and set fire to tires outside the building. At least two policemen and one civilian were wounded in the scuffles.
Among those demonstrating Monday were public and private school teachers and retired officers.
The government, headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, has sought to calm nerves while also describing the upcoming budget as the most austere in Lebanon’s history.
Hariri said he hopes the government will be able to send the budget to parliament later this week.
Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said the cabinet made “important progress” in discussions Sunday.