Iran 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills at least 5, injures 120

In this Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, survivors sit in front of buildings damaged by an earthquake, in Sarpol-e-Zahab, western Iran. A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit northwestern Iran on Friday, killing at least five people and injured 120 others. (AP Photo/Omid Salehi)
Updated 08 November 2019

Iran 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills at least 5, injures 120

TEHRAN: An emergency official says a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in northwestern Iran has killed at least five people and injured 120 others.
Pirhossein Koulivand told state TV about the deaths and injuries early Friday morning.
The quake hit at 2:20 a.m. Friday in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. It says the temblor occurred at a depth of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).
The US Geological Survey puts the quake’s magnitude at 5.8 at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage.
Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake a day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.


Iran hands over Yemen embassy to Houthi militia

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Iran hands over Yemen embassy to Houthi militia

  • Aboul Gheit condemned Iran’s step considering it a flagrant violation

DUBAI: Iran handed over the state’s Yemen embassy to the Houthi militia which have resulted to criticisms, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday.

The Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit condemned Iran’s step considering it a flagrant violation of diplomatic norms and of the United Nations Charter, the Vienna Convention, and the relevant Security Council resolutions - in particular Resolution 2216.

The move, he added, also reflects an Iranian insistence to destabilize Yemen’s conditions, and threaten the security of its neighbouring countries.