US cuts in Palestinian refugee aid mitigated by new pledges

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called the US aid cuts an “assault” against his people and in “defiance of UN resolutions”. (AFP)
Updated 19 November 2018

US cuts in Palestinian refugee aid mitigated by new pledges

JORDAN: The UN agency for Palestinian refugees says it has nearly closed its funding gap after securing new donor pledges to make up for US aid cuts.
Pierre Kraehenbuehl, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency, said Monday that the shortfall was reduced from $446 million to $21 million, singling out donors from Europe and the Gulf region.
He says the agency no longer faces the “critical situation” created by a US decision earlier this year to cut nearly $300 million of aid.
The agency provides health care, education and social services to 5.4 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The agency was created after the mass displacement of Palestinians during the 1948 war over Israel’s creation.


Houthis killed in clashes with Yemen army

The Yemeni army forced the militants to flee and targeted Houthi reinforcements. (File/AFP)
Updated 15 December 2019

Houthis killed in clashes with Yemen army

  • The clashes broke out when Houthi militants tried to sneak into areas they lost control

DUBAI: The Yemeni Army killed 18 Houthis and wounded 27 in clashes with the Iranian-backed militia in Saada, state news agency SPA reported on Saturday.

The clashes broke out when Houthi militants tried to sneak into areas they lost control the past two months, according to Yemen's military source “SeptemberNet.”

The Yemeni army forced the militants to flee and targeted Houthi reinforcements.

Meanwhile, the army killed 17 Houthis and wounded 21 others including two commanders at an ambush in Al-Dhale, southern Yemen earlier on Saturday, a military source said.