16 dead in fighting for south Yemen province

Updated 30 November 2015

16 dead in fighting for south Yemen province

ADEN: Yemeni pro-government forces were battling on Sunday to oust Iran-backed rebels from a southern province where they have made gains in recent weeks.
Ground fighting and air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition killed 12 rebels in Daleh province, military sources said. Four loyalists were also killed.
Daleh is one of five southern provinces which the coalition-backed loyalists retook from the rebels in a July offensive.
But the Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies managed to recapture the province’s second-largest city, Damt, earlier this month.
Further north, in Yemen’s third city Taez, where a loyalist garrison has been under rebel siege for months, three civilians were killed and at least 20 wounded by rebel mortar fire late on Saturday, medical and military sources said.
Loyalist troops and their coalition backers launched an offensive to try to break the siege earlier this month but it has made little headway.
In the rebel-held capital Sanaa, coalition aircraft carried out what a military source described as the heaviest strikes in weeks.
The rebels overran Sanaa in September last year before capturing much of the rest of the country and forcing the government into exile.
President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi returned from neighboring Saudi Arabia on November 18, two days after the offensive to relieve the siege of Taez began.
The United Nations says more than 5,700 people have been killed in Yemen since the fighting began in March, nearly half of them civilians.


Turkish Airlines plane from Iran diverted to Ankara amid coronavirus worry

Updated 23 min 51 sec ago

Turkish Airlines plane from Iran diverted to Ankara amid coronavirus worry

  • The plane was flying from Tehran and had been scheduled to land in Istanbul

ISTANBUL: A Turkish Airlines plane flying from Iran was diverted to Ankara on Tuesday at the Turkish Health Ministry’s request, an aviation source said, and an aviation news website said one passenger was suspected of being infected by coronavirus.

Turkey’s Demiroren news agency broadcast video showing ambulances lined up beside the plane, with several personnel wearing white protective suits on the tarmac.

The plane was flying from Tehran and had been scheduled to land in Istanbul. Turkey shut its borders to Iran on Sunday and cut flights due to the spread of the virus in that country.