Houthis launch missile from Yemen’s Saada: Arab coalition

Arab coalition Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia fired the missile from civilian site in Sahar directorate in Saada. (File/AFP)
Updated 05 September 2019

Houthis launch missile from Yemen’s Saada: Arab coalition

RIYADH: The Arab coalition fighting restore the internationally recognized government in Yemen said on Wednesday that the Houthi militia launched a ballistic missile from Saada, which landed inside the governorate.
Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that the Iranian-backed militia fired the missile from civilian site in Sahar directorate and landed in Al-Safra, also in Saada.
Col. Al-Maliki said that the Houthi militia continue to violate international humanitarian law and its customary rules by indiscriminately firing ballistic missiles, which land on civilian areas, threaten the lives of hundreds of innocent Yemeni people.
He added that the coalition continues its efforts to neutralize and destroy these ballistic capabilities to protect civilians and regional and international security.


Emmanuel Macron loses cool with Israeli security in ‘Chirac moment’ at Jerusalem church

Updated 11 min 33 sec ago

Emmanuel Macron loses cool with Israeli security in ‘Chirac moment’ at Jerusalem church

  • Israeli security forces pushed past the French detail and were first to enter the Church of Saint Anne, which is French state property
  • Wednesday’s tense scenes recalled a 1996 Jerusalem visit by late former president Chirac

JERUSALEM: When French President Emmanuel Macron visited Jerusalem’s Old City Wednesday, he also trod in the footsteps of one of his predecessors, Jacques Chirac, by engaging in a heated argument with Israeli security.

The altercation broke out when Israeli security forces pushed past the French detail and were first to enter the Church of Saint Anne, which is French state property.

“Everybody knows the rules. I don’t like what you did in front of me,” an animated Macron loudly told the Israeli personnel, speaking in English, in the crush to enter the building, which remains French territory under international treaties.

“Go out — outside please!” he added in a raised voice in scenes captured in video footage that quickly spread on social media.

The Roman Catholic church, located at the start of Via Dolorosa in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter, has been part of France’s territories in the Holy Land since the 1850s.

The rules that have been in place “for centuries,” Macron told the Israeli officers, “will not change with me, I can tell you, OK? So everybody, respect the rules.”

Macron will on Thursday attend a ceremony to commemorate the liberation 75 years ago of Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz death camp in what was then occupied Poland.

Wednesday’s tense scenes recalled a 1996 Jerusalem visit by late former president Chirac during which he also lost his cool with Israeli security agents who were pressing him to move on.

Chirac heatedly told them their actions were a “provocation” and angrily asked: “What do you want? Me to go back to my plane and go back to France, is that what you want?”