Yemeni army makes gains in Jouf

Yemeni soldiers from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting the UN-recognized government, are seen in Sirwah, west of Marib city, where they are the fighting against Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies on June 30, 2017. Government forces have also made gains in the Haam mountain area in Matoon, north of Jouf governorate, after battles with Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias.(AFP / ABDULLAH AL-QADRY/file photo)
Updated 11 July 2017

Yemeni army makes gains in Jouf

ADEN: The Yemeni army has made gains in the Haam mountain area in Matoon, north of Jouf governorate, after battles with Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militias.
Sources told 26september.net, run by the Yemeni Defense Ministry, that Yemeni forces made advances with the help of air support from the Saudi-led Arab coalition.
The Yemeni army took control of a number of areas following fierce battles, and is still making advances in Haam. Troops attacked rebels in Al-Warsh and Al-Hayaal areas of Matoon in the early hours of Monday. The source said the militias took a severe blow with their men leaving behind a number of their dead.
Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi emphasized the importance of uniting the ranks, and increasing cooperation and coordination with members of the Arab coalition to face challenges in Yemen and the region.


Erdogan’s ‘hypocrisy’ over Israel’s land grab in Palestine

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Erdogan’s ‘hypocrisy’ over Israel’s land grab in Palestine

  • Turkey is in controversial talks with Israel over mutually beneficial maritime borders in the Mediterranean

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan risked accusations of hypocrisy on Monday as he repeated his denunciations of Israel’s occupation and annexations in Palestine while allowing the Israeli airline El Al to resume cargo flights between Tel Aviv and Istanbul.

The first such flight in 10 years landed in Istanbul on Sunday morning to pick up humanitarian aid and protective equipment for US medical teams fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

As the plane touched down, Erdogan was sending a message to US Muslims restating his support for Palestinian rights in Jerusalem and his rejection of Israeli oppression.

“Last week we witnessed that a new occupation and annexation project, which disrespects Palestine’s sovereignty and international law, was implemented by Israel,” he said.

“I would like to reiterate that Al-Quds Al-Sharif, the holy site of three religions and our first qiblah, is a red line for all Muslims worldwide.”

Israel’s new unity government led by Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz is expected to move forward soon with plans to annex swaths of the West Bank and Jordan Valley.

Meanwhile, as Arab News reported this month, Turkey is in controversial talks with Israel over mutually beneficial maritime borders in the Mediterranean. Erdogan is attempting a risky political balancing act, analysts told Arab News.

“I think Turkey is trying to create economic ties with Israel because the political benefits of blockade and isolation have weakened,” said Ryan Bohl, a Middle East analyst at the geopolitical risk company Stratfor.

“But at the same time, they do want to keep some of that tradition of sympathy for Palestine alive for those remaining supporters who still prize the issue.”