Yemeni army continues to push Houthi militia back

Yemeni troops have continued in their push against the Houthis, inflicting heavy casualties on the militia. (Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/File)
Updated 22 August 2018

Yemeni army continues to push Houthi militia back

  • Houthis attacked from four sides in fierce battle
  • Militia continues to suffer heavy casualties in ongoing offensive

JEDDAH: Yemeni troops have attacked members of the Houthi militia in the Malajem front in Al-Baydha in central Yemen, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

According to a Yemeni military source fierce battles took place at al-Baydha junction – at least 14 Houthi fighters were killed.

The spokesman added that the Yemeni army and Arab coalition continue in the push to liberate the Al-Malajem region, and have already advanced 60 kilometers.

Meanwhile the Yemeni National Army’s Orouba Brigade has also stormed the Maran region, the Houthi stronghold in Saada, in an attack from all sides.

The Houthis had suffered heavy casualties, as they were pushed back.

The brigade liberated Wadi Khalb, Umm Naiyrah, Ghareb Umm Saruf, Jabal Tayban, Aqba al-Zahir and Aqaba al-Kharban at Maran.

Israeli PM: Palestinians in Jordan Valley won’t be citizens

Updated 42 min 32 sec ago

Israeli PM: Palestinians in Jordan Valley won’t be citizens

  • Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with plans to annex the Jordan Valley

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley will remain in what he described as an “enclave” after Israel annexes the territory and will not be granted Israeli citizenship.
Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with plans to annex the Jordan Valley and Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, in line with President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan, a process that could begin as early as July 1.
The annexation of the Jordan Valley and the far-flung settlements would make it virtually impossible to create a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel, which is still widely seen as the only way to resolve the decades-old conflict.
In an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper, Netanyahu said Palestinians in the Jordan Valley, including residents of the city of Jericho, would remain under limited Palestinian self-rule, with Israel having overall security control.
“They will remain a Palestinian enclave,” he said. “You’re not annexing Jericho. There’s a cluster or two. You don’t need to apply sovereignty over them. They will remain Palestinian subjects, if you will. But security control also applies to these places.”
Palestinians in the West Bank have lived under Israeli military rule since the 1967 war, when Israel captured the territory, along with east Jerusalem and Gaza. The Palestinians want all three territories to form their future state.
The Trump plan would grant the Palestinians limited statehood over scattered enclaves surrounded by Israel if they meet a long list of conditions. Israel has embraced the plan, while the Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the West Bank, has angrily rejected it and cut ties with the US and Israel.
Netanyahu said that if the Palestinians accept all the conditions in the plan, including Israel maintaining overall security control, “then they will have an entity of their own that President Trump defines as a state.”
Under a coalition agreement reached last month, Netanyahu can bring his annexation plans before the government as early as July 1.
The Palestinian Authority has said it is no longer bound by any agreements signed with Israel and the US, and says it has cut off security coordination with Israel. Neighboring Jordan, a close Western ally and one of only two Arab states to have made peace with Israel, has warned of a “massive conflict” if Israel proceeds with annexation.