Arab Coalition targets Houthi reinforcements in Yemen's Hajar

Arab Coalition carries out the seventh aerial landing operation to support the Hajar tribes in Yemen. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 March 2019

Arab Coalition targets Houthi reinforcements in Yemen's Hajar

  • More than 30 Houthi militants, including a commander, were killed
  • The coalition aircraft carried out an air strike Wednesday night, the seventh since the start of the clashes

DUBAI: More than 30 Houthi militants, including a commander, were killed by Arab coalition raids aimed at militia reinforcements coming from Imran to the Hajar Front in the province of Hajjah in north-west Yemen.

Coalition forces continued to supply Hajar tribes with food, medical, and logistical supplies, particularly in the besieged Qashar district of the Houthis.

The coalition aircraft carried out an air strike Wednesday night, the seventh since the start of the clashes.

Local sources said they had dropped quantities of aid, food and shelter materials for residents whose homes were damaged as a result of heavy shelling by militias on the villages of the area.


Lebanon not expecting new aid pledges at Paris meeting

Updated 4 min 19 sec ago

Lebanon not expecting new aid pledges at Paris meeting

  • The political impasse returned to square one on Sunday when a tentative agreement on a new PM unraveled
  • Lebanon has also been in a political impasse since Saad Al-Hariri quit as prime minister on Oct. 29

BEIRUT/PARIS: Lebanon does not expect new aid pledges at conference which France is hosting on Wednesday to press for the quick formation of a new government that can tackle an acute financial crisis.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged Lebanon to create a new government swiftly or risk the crisis worsening and threatening the country’s stability.
The economic crisis is the worst since the 1975-90 civil war: a liquidity crunch has led banks to enforce capital controls and the Lebanese pound to slump by one third.
Lebanon has also been in a political impasse since Saad Al-Hariri quit as prime minister on Oct. 29, prompted by protests against the ruling elite, with no agreement on a new government.
Nadim Munla, senior adviser to Hariri, who is running the government as caretaker, told Reuters the Paris meeting would probably signal a readiness to offer support once a government is formed that commits to reforms.
“They will recognize that there is a short-term problem and that if and when a government (is formed) that basically responds to the aspirations of people, most probably the international community will be ready to step in and provide support to Lebanon, or additional support,” he said.
“It is not a pledging conference.”
Lebanon won pledges of over $11 billion at a conference last year conditional on reforms that it has failed to implement. The economic crisis is rooted in years of corruption and waste that have generated one of the world’s heaviest public debt burdens.
The political impasse returned to square one on Sunday when a tentative agreement on a new prime minister unraveled.
Hariri is now seen as the only candidate for the post.
He has said he would only lead a cabinet of specialist ministers, believing this is the way to address the economic crisis, attract aid, and satisfy protesters who have been in the streets since Oct. 17 seeking the removal of a political class blamed for corruption and misrule.
But Hezbollah and its allies including President Michel Aoun say the government must include politicians.
“Let’s see the coming few days and if there will be an agreement among the political parties on a formation ... otherwise we might take longer,” Munla said. Hariri would be willing to have politicians in cabinet but they should not be “the regular known faces of previous governments.”