UN chief says destruction of Yemen’s Hodeida port would be ‘catastrophic’

Medics say nearly 150 people have died in the last 24 hours of fighting. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 November 2018

UN chief says destruction of Yemen’s Hodeida port would be ‘catastrophic’

PARIS: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the destruction of the Yemeni port of Hodeida, a vital lifeline for millions of starving civilians, could trigger a “catastrophic” situation.

Medics and military sources told AFP at least 149 people have been killed in 24 hours of heavy clashes as government loyalists, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, fight to oust Houthi militia from the Red Sea city.

“If the port at Hodeida is destroyed, that could create an absolutely catastrophic situation,” Guterres told France Inter radio during a trip to Paris.


Israel starts to install sensors along Lebanon border

Updated 16 min 42 sec ago

Israel starts to install sensors along Lebanon border

  • Work would get underway Sunday at the Israeli kibbutz town of Misgav Am to deploy the new noise-detecting technology
  • The move comes a year after Israel concluded a weeks-long operation to destroy tunnels it accused Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah of building

JERUSALEM: Israel’s army said it would start drilling to install ground sensors along its border with Lebanon on Sunday, a year after an operation to destroy tunnels dug across the frontier.
“We are deploying a defensive system into the ground.. in various locations” along the border, spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told journalists.
Work would get underway Sunday at the Israeli kibbutz town of Misgav Am, he said, to deploy the new noise-detecting technology.
The move comes a year after Israel concluded a weeks-long operation to destroy tunnels it accused Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah of building.
At least six tunnels were discovered in the operation dubbed “Northern Shield” along the border where a United Nations peacekeeping force is deployed.
Conricus said the drilling is “not related to any new intelligence” and all military activity would take place on the Israeli side of the border.
Work at Misgav Am is expected to last a number of weeks before the sensors are installed along other sections of the border.
“We understand that our activity might be seen, and most probably will be heard, on the Lebanese side,” said Conricus.
Israel has notified the UNIFIL peacekeeping force which patrols the “blue line” drawn by the UN to mark Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.
Lebanon and Israel are still technically at war.
A month-long conflict in 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.