Yemen govt forces push toward Hodeidah port

Yemen forces protect a road linking Sanaa with southern provinces. (File photo/Reuters)
Updated 10 December 2017

Yemen govt forces push toward Hodeidah port

CAIRO: Yemen’s official news agency reported that the coalition forces were advancing toward the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, which provides a lifeline to Houthi militias.
SABA reported on Sunday that government forces have taken control of the town of Tahita in Hodeidah province.
Forces loyal to the internationally recognized government are hoping to exploit the collapse of the Houthis’ alliance with fighters loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed by the Houthis earlier this month.
On Sunday, sources from his General People’s Congress (GPC) party said that Houthis have buried the body of Saleh in Sanaa, allowing only a handful of relatives to attend.
The source said the Houthis allowed less than 10 people from Saleh’s relatives to attend the night-time burial in Sanaa, but gave no details on the exact location.
GPC Secretary-General Aref Al-Zouka, who was killed with Saleh, was buried on Saturday in his native Al-Saeed district of Shabwa province in southern Yemen after the Houthis handed over his body to tribal leaders, media and GPC officials said.
Relatives said on Thursday that Saleh’s family had refused conditions demanded by the Houthis for handing over the body. Some said they wanted to bury the body in the courtyard of a mosque he had built near the presidential compound in southern Sanaa.
Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years. He remained in politics as the head of the GPC, Yemen’s largest political party.


Palestinian in car ramming shot by Israel forces: police

Updated 17 October 2019

Palestinian in car ramming shot by Israel forces: police

  • Israeli officials said he was holding a knife
  • No Israeli forces were wounded in the incident

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian was shot by Israeli security forces after ramming his car into a vehicle for undercover policemen in the occupied West Bank, police said Thursday.
Police were carrying out arrests overnight in the Al-Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah when the Palestinian “attempted to run over the officers” and hit the armored police car, a statement said.
The officers saw the driver holding a knife and shot him, with police saying he was a Palestinian from Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, without providing further details.
No Israeli forces were wounded in the incident.
A spokesman for the Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem said the suspect was in serious condition.
Israeli forces carry out frequent raids and arrests in the occupied West Bank, which often lead to clashes.
In May 2018, an Israeli special forces soldier was killed during an arrest operation in Al-Amari after being hit on the head by a stone thrown from a rooftop.