Yemeni army gains control of new areas in Saada

Yemeni soldiers ride in a pickup truck lined-up during a graduation ceremony for a new batch of cadets in the northwestern city of Saada on March 2, 2019. (File/AFP)
Updated 04 August 2019

Yemeni army gains control of new areas in Saada

  • The Yemeni forces liberated the areas after clashes that killed and wounded dozens of Iran-backed Houthis
  • The coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia, intervened in 2015 to help restore the government

DUBAI: The Yemeni army regained control of the Al-Safra district in northern Saada on Saturday, Yemen’s state news agency, Saba, reported.

A military source said the Yemeni forces, with the support of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition, liberated the areas after clashes that killed and wounded dozens of Iran-backed Houthis.

The war in Yemen was triggered when the Houthis seized control of the capital Sanaa in 2014. The coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia, intervened in 2015 to help restore the government.


UN chief will work with new Lebanon government on reforms

Updated 15 min 28 sec ago

UN chief will work with new Lebanon government on reforms

  • Guterres’ spokesperson said the United Nations was committed to supporting “Lebanon’s strengthening of its sovereignty, stability and political independence”
  • Lebanon formed a new government under Prime Minister Hassan Diab

BEIRUT: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomed the formation of a new Lebanese government on Tuesday and will work with the new premier to support reforms in the heavily indebted country grappling with an urgent economic crisis.
A statement issued by Guterres’ spokesperson also said the United Nations was committed to supporting “Lebanon’s strengthening of its sovereignty, stability and political independence.”
Lebanon formed a new government under Prime Minister Hassan Diab after the Shiite Hezbollah movement and its allies agreed on a cabinet after weeks of wrangling over portfolios.