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.


Rescue mission aids starving lions in neglected Sudan zoo

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Rescue mission aids starving lions in neglected Sudan zoo

KHARTOUM: Four lions in a rundown zoo in the capital of Sudan, wasting away from hunger, are undergoing lifesaving medical treatment from an international animal rescue organization.

The plight of the rail-thin lions in Al-Qurashi Park in Khartoum set off an outpouring of sympathy and donations from around the world. At least five lions, both male and female, once inhabited the zoo. One lioness died of starvation last week.

On Tuesday, veterinarians and wildlife experts from Vienna-based animal welfare group Four Paws International conducted medical checks at the park, which has fallen on hard times for lack of money and attention.

Amir Khalil, head of the Four Paws emergency mission, said he was “shocked” by the poor state of the lions, their cramped quarters and the park’s general disarray.

“I don’t understand why no one was given the task of feeding them or how authorities could just overlook this,” he said, describing two of the remaining four as in critical condition, “dehydrated ... a third of their normal weight.”

Four Paws faces a daunting task and its two-day trip has been dogged by challenges from the start. 

When the team arrived late on Monday, customs agents confiscated most of their luggage and essential medicine, citing a lack of prior approval. The group says it’s operating with just a fraction of its equipment, and scrambling to find local alternatives.

Although the group typically carries out rescue missions, it has no immediate plan to transport the animals in Al-Qurashi to better conditions abroad.