Yemeni army advances in Sanaa province

The clashes between Yemeni army and Houthis in east of Sanaa still continue. (AFP/File)
Updated 07 April 2019

Yemeni army advances in Sanaa province

  • Arab Coalition jets targeted Houthi troops
  • Houthis are stalling the redeployment in Hodeidah

DUBAI: The Yemeni army took control of Jabal Al-Ghunaimi east of Sanaa province in an operation on Saturday, Saudi state-agency SPA reported.

Saudi-led Arab coalition jets targeted Houthi troops in the area, a military source said.

Clashes continued between the Yemeni army and the militia, with the army making advances, the source added.

Fighting between the warring sides picked up this month after the Houthi militia were accused of refusing to implement a UN-led peace deal in Hodeidah.

The US ambassador to Yemen said last month the Houthis were obstructing the deal, which would allow aid workers access to the area to distribute humanitarian relief to the 24 million in need. 

The cease-fire agreement between the two parties – which was reached in Stockholm - was signed in December last year, but troops have not started the planned redeployment of Hodeidah. 


Iraqi blogger outspoken about country’s corruption detained

Updated 17 October 2019

Iraqi blogger outspoken about country’s corruption detained

  • Al-Khafaji, 29, runs a popular Facebook page called “Brothers Iraq” that focuses on human rights violations
  • The relative said Al-Khafaji received threats from unknown people in recent days warning him not to publish posts about the protests

BAGHDAD: A family member of a popular Iraqi blogger says authorities have detained him, apparently over his coverage of anti-government protests.
The family member, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said heavily armed masked gunmen stormed the apartment of Shujaa Al-Khafaji in Baghdad at dawn Thursday and took him away.
Al-Khafaji, 29, runs a popular Facebook page called “Brothers Iraq” that focuses on human rights violations.
On Tuesday the Facebook page, which has 2.1 million likes, posted a video that showed what it said were people setting a checkpoint on fire after the protesters had left. It blamed government supporters for the fire.
The relative said Al-Khafaji received threats from unknown people in recent days warning him not to publish posts about the protests.