Yemen’s army imposes full control over Saada’s Al-Zaher directorate

According to the source, dozens of Houthis were killed, including high ranking field commanders. (File/AFP)
Updated 01 September 2018

Yemen’s army imposes full control over Saada’s Al-Zaher directorate

  • According to the source, dozens of Houthis were killed, including high ranking field commanders
  • The army launched artillery raids targeting Houthi reinforcements sent to Sufyan directorate in an effort to retake strategic sites it had lost

DUBAI: Yemen’s army, backed by the Arab Coalition, took full control of Al-Zaher directorate, north-west of Saada province, after a large-scale military operation, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.
A military source told the Yemeni Ministry of Defense’s official website, September 26, that the army fully liberated Al-Zaher following clashes with the Houthi militia.
According to the source, dozens of Houthis were killed, including high ranking field commanders.
Elsewhere, the army launched artillery raids targeting Houthi reinforcements sent to Sufyan directorate in an effort to retake strategic sites it had lost.


Iran reopens key shrines as virus cases reach 137,724

Updated 1 min 48 sec ago

Iran reopens key shrines as virus cases reach 137,724

  • Authorities are yet to say when similar measures will be allowed in other provinces

TEHRAN: Iran on Monday reopened major shrines across the country, more than two months after they were closed.

At Tehran’s Shah Abdol-Azim shrine, worshippers had to wear a mask, walk through a disinfection tunnel and have their temperature checked as they began returning from the early morning, according to AFP reporters.

The Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad in northeast Iran and the Fatima Masumeh shrine and Jamkaran mosque in Qom also reopened.

They are allowed to open starting from an hour after dawn until an hour before dusk.

Shrines were closed alongside schools, universities and all nonvital businesses in March after Iran reported its first two coronavirus deaths in Qom in late February.

On Monday, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said the total number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Iran had reached 137,724, while the overall number of death had risen to 7,451.

In the past 24 hours, Iran recorded 2,032 new cases while the number of fatalities stood at 34 — the lowest daily count recorded since March 7 — he told a news conference.

Experts inside and outside Iran have cast doubt on the country’s official figures, and say the real toll could be much higher.

Iran has allowed a phased reopening of its economy and gradual relaxation of restrictions since early April, with a further easing expected in the coming days despite a recent uptick in new cases.

“High-risk” businesses such as restaurants, cafes and wedding halls in Tehran, which were left shuttered, will reopen from Tuesday, the capital’s deputy police chief Nader Moradi told ISNA news agency.

Authorities are yet to say when similar measures will be allowed in other provinces.