Houthis killed in northwest Yemen clashes

The Coalition caught Houthis while they were trying to infiltrate areas in Razih. (File/AFP)
Updated 08 July 2019
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Houthis killed in northwest Yemen clashes

  • Military engineering team found more than 75 mines in Razih
  • The Coalition also clashed with the militants in Kattaf directorate in Saada

DUBAI: The Arab Coalition killed five Houthi militants and injured several others in clashes on Sunday, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

The fighting broke out as the Coalition forces caught the militia trying to infiltrate areas that were previously held by them in Razih directorate, west of Saada province.

The engineering team in the directorate was able to defuse and remove more than 75 mines and explosives planted by the militia.

Meanwhile, the Coalition conducted an air raid on Houthi areas in Kattaf directorate, east of Saada, which killed a number of militants and injured others.


Jordan king says Israeli annexation would be a disaster

Updated 18 September 2019

Jordan king says Israeli annexation would be a disaster

  • Abdullah said “we’re looking on this with tremendous concern.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah said on Tuesday that if Israel went ahead with the idea of annexing all the settlements in the West Bank it would be a “disaster” for attempts to find any two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Abdullah said he was “extremely concerned” about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex all the West Bank settlements.

He said it will “directly impact” the relationship between Israel and Jordan, and Israel and Egypt, and that “these types of statements are ... a disaster to any attempt to move forward to the two-state solution.”

Merkel agreed, calling Netanyahu’s vow “unhelpful.” The German government backs an internationally negotiated peace solution in the sense of a two state solution ... annexations are always detrimental to peace solutions. They do not help and therefore we do not agree, said Merkel

Abdullah said “we’re looking on this with tremendous concern.”

Opinion

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Netanyahu’s career was on the line on Tuesday as Israel held its second national election this year, with voters deciding whether to give him another term in office despite a likely indictment on corruption charges.

The longest serving leader in Israeli history was seeking a fourth consecutive term in office and fifth overall. 

But he faced a stiff challenge from retired military chief Benny Gantz, whose centrist Blue and White party is running even with Netanyahu’s Likud. 

Both parties could struggle to form a majority coalition with smaller allies, though, forcing them into a potential unity government.