Yemen’s army shoots down another Houthi drone

Arab Coalition earlier raided two caves were militants stored drones. (AFP/File)
Updated 31 March 2019

Yemen’s army shoots down another Houthi drone

  • Yemeni army shot 7 drones in the area since the start of the year
  • Houthi militants executed a man in Hajjah province

DUBAI: Yemen’s army shot down the fourth Houthi drone in March while it was in Nihm district of the Sanaa governorate airspace, Saudi news agency SPA reported on Saturday.

This is the seventh drone the army shoots down in Nihm since the start of the year, sources said.

Earlier this month, the Saudi-led Arab coalition raided two caves in Sanaa used by Houthi militants to store drones.

Coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki Al-Malki said the militia was planning to use the drones hidden in the caves for “terrorist operations.”

Last week’s raid was part of previous military operations which started in January and targeted Houthi drone networks and foreign experts helping the militants.

Meanwhile, Houthi militants executed a civilian in Hajjah province after he refused to let them position their tank in his backyard.


Sudan says Nile dam talks delayed for ‘consultations’

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Sudan says Nile dam talks delayed for ‘consultations’

  • Talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan were suspended last week after Addis Ababa

KHARTOUM: Sudan on Monday said that negotiations over Ethiopia’s massive and controversial dam construction on the Blue Nile have been postponed for a week.
Talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan were suspended last week after Addis Ababa insisted on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile.
“A meeting at the level of ministers of the three countries took place on Monday, during which Sudan asked to postpone the next meeting for one week for internal consultations,” Sudan’s water ministry said in a statement.
Egypt and Sudan view the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) dam as a threat to vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it crucial for its electrification and development.
South Africa, which holds the presidency of the African Union and is mediating negotiations, has urged the countries to “remain involved” in the talks.