Yemeni army forces control five new areas in Saada province

Yemen's national army took control of new areas in the Saada province. (AFP)
Updated 11 March 2018

Yemeni army forces control five new areas in Saada province

DUBAI: Yemeni forces have taken control of new areas in Saada province following fierce clashes with Iranian-backed Houthi militants, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
“The army liberated the areas of Azhour and Al-Hajjla and the village of Bani Meen and Hanaka other areas on outskirts of the Razih directorate, located to the north-west of Saada,” commander of the seventh brigade border guards, Col. Hamoud Hisham, said in a statement on the national army’s official website “26 September.”
The military official also said more than 30 militants were killed over the past two days following Arab coalition airstrikes targeting Houthi headquarters and weapons’ caches in Razih.


Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

Updated 15 September 2019

Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

ALGIERS: Algeria — whose president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April following mass protests — is to hold a presidential election on December 12, his interim successor announced Sunday.

"I have decided... that the date of the presidential election will be Thursday, December 12," said Abdelkader Bensalah, who is precluded from standing himself, in a televised address.

The announcement comes after army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah, seen as the strongman in Algeria since the fall of Bouteflika, insisted that polls be held by the end of this year, despite ongoing protests demanding the creation of new institutions ahead of any elections.