Houthis accused of committing 105 ceasefire violations in past 24 hours

Houthi militia enforcing a community-led initiative to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease at a neighborhood in Yemen's capital Sanaa on May 14, 2020. (AFP / MOHAMMED HUWAIS)
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Updated 18 May 2020

Houthis accused of committing 105 ceasefire violations in past 24 hours

RIYADH: Houthi forces have made 105 ceasefire violations in Yemen within 24 hours, the Arab coalition supporting the war-torn country's legitimate government said late on Sunday.

The statement, carried by Al Ekhbariya television network, also said the militia have made 3,564 violations since the peace agreement was announced last month.

The Saudi-led coalition extended its unilateral ceasefire in Yemen by one month on April 24 despite the lack of reciprocation by the Iran-backed Houthis.

The coalition said it is committed to the ceasefire and supports the efforts of the UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

Griffiths had been pushing for a ceasefire involving all parties in the troubled Arab nation to give way to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

Instead of responding to the ceasefire call, Houthi militia have looted medical supplies sent to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Al Hadi had said.

The Aden-based government on Saturday said that the total number of confirmed cases in areas under its control rose to 122, including 18 deaths after 37 new cases were detected in Aden, Hadramout and Lahj during the past two days.


Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

Updated 09 August 2020

Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

  • Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses
  • “Rebuilding Lebanon is like rebuilding UAE,” a message attached to the roses read

DUBAI: Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses on Sunday in a heartfelt gesture of support following last week’s deadly blast. 
The 163 passengers boarding an Emirates airline flight who arrived at Dubai International Airport were gifted the roses from Dubai Customs workers. The flowers came with a message that quoted the founder of the UAE, the late President Sheikh Zayed Al-Nahyan.
The message reads: “Rebuilding Lebanon is like rebuilding UAE.”
Dubai Airport CEO Paul Griffiths said the act reflects the “spirit of kindness at the heart of the aviation community.”  
“I’m sure it has provided some measure of comfort for the Lebanese passengers during these very difficult times,” he said.
Like many other countries, the UAE has sent large shipments of aid to Lebanon since the explosion. 
The massive blasts at the Beirut port killed 158 people and injured 6,000.