Yemen army stops Houthi advance towards south Hodeidah

Yemeni fighters from the Amalqa Brigades, loyal to the Saudi-backed government, ride in the back of a pickup truck carrying an anti-aircraft gun during the offensive to seize the Red Sea port city of Hodeida from Iran-backed Houthis, on its southern outskirts near the airport on June 21, 2018. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 November 2018

Yemen army stops Houthi advance towards south Hodeidah

DUBAI: Yemen’s national army, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, foiled an attempt by Houthi militia to infiltrate areas in the Hays district in the southern countryside of Hodeidah province, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

“The Houthis tried to infiltrate through a valley in the outskirts of Hays, but our forces thwarted the attempt and inflicted heavy casualties on the militia and their equipment,” Yemen’s army media center said.

Meanwhile, SPA reported that the Houthis continued “criminal operations” and “violations against civilians in the province.”

The statement added that the Houthi militia had shelled several civilian houses with mortars, causing severe damage, displacing dozens of families.

Rouhani says Iran budget set to resist US sanctions by curbing oil dependence

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Rouhani says Iran budget set to resist US sanctions by curbing oil dependence

  • Rouhani said the draft state budget was designed to resist US sanctions

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday presented to parliament what he called a “budget of resistance” against crippling sanctions imposed by arch-enemy the United States.

“Next year, similar to the current year, our budget is a budget of resistance and perseverance against sanctions,” Rouhani told parliament in remarks broadcast on state radio.

“This budget announces to the world that despite sanctions we will manage the country, especially in terms of oil,” he added.

The budget for the financial year starting late March 2020 comes after fuel price hikes that were imposed in mid-November triggered deadly demonstrations across the Islamic republic.

In his speech, Rouhani announced a 15 percent increase for public sector wages in a country whose economy has been battered by US sanctions.

US President Donald Trump began imposing punitive measures in May 2018, after unilaterally withdrawing from an accord that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for limits on its nuclear program.

The International Monetary Fund has forecast that Iran’s economy will contract by 9.5 percent this year.