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.


Beirut port blast crater 43 meters deep: security official

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Beirut port blast crater 43 meters deep: security official

  • Crater is much larger than the one left by the enormous blast in 2005 that killed former prime minister Rafic Hariri

BEIRUT: The huge chemical explosion that hit Beirut’s port, devastating large parts of the Lebanese capital and claiming over 150 lives, left a 43-meter (141 foot) deep crater, a security official said Sunday.
The blast Tuesday, which was felt across the county and as far as the island of Cyprus, was recorded by the sensors of the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS) as having the power of a magnitude 3.3 earthquake.
It was triggered by a fire in a port warehouse, where a huge shipment of hazardous ammonium nitrate, a chemical that can be used as a fertilizer or as an explosive, had languished for years, according to authorities.
The huge blast also wounded at least 6,000 people and displaced more than 300,000 from their destroyed or damaged homes.
The revelation that the chemicals had languished for years like a ticking time-bomb in the heart of the capital has served as shocking proof to many Lebanese of the rot at the core of the state apparatus.
Demonstrators on Sunday called for renewed anti-government rallies after a night of angry protests saw them storm several ministries before they were expelled by the army.
It was a new tactic for a protest movement that emerged last October to demand the removal of a political class long accused of being inept and corrupt.
“The explosion in the port left a crater 43 meters deep,” the Lebanese security official said, citing assessments by French experts working in the disaster area.
The crater is much larger than the one left by the enormous blast in 2005 that killed former prime minister Rafic Hariri, which measured 10 meters across and two meters deep, according to an international tribunal investigating his murder.
French rescue and police teams are among a much larger group of international emergency response specialists that has flooded into Lebanon to ease pressure on local authorities unable to cope with the disaster relief on their own.
Qatari, Russian and German rescuers are also working at the port blast site.