Yemeni government condemns Houthi sea lane violations

Ships are seen at Saleef port in the western Red Sea Hodeida province, on May 13, 2019. (File/AFP)
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Updated 10 July 2020

Yemeni government condemns Houthi sea lane violations

  • The Yemeni government called the Houthis’ endangerment of international sea lanes in the Red Sea is a terroristic act
  • The Saudi-led Arab coalition destroyed two explosive-laden Houthi boats near a Hodeidah port this week

DUBAI: The Houthi militia’s endangerment of international sea lanes in the Red Sea is a terroristic act, a Yemeni minister said.
This cowardly act shows the militia’s literal application of Iran’s orders to close off the Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandeb Strait to ships, Information Minister Muammar Al-Iryani said in a report from Saba New.
The Red Sea is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, and is connected to the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea through the Bab El-Mandeb Strait, a chokepoint between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East being only 18 miles wide at its narrowest point.
The Saudi-led Arab coalition destroyed two explosive-laden Houthi boats near a Hodeidah port on Wednesday, highlighting the Houthis increasing threat to global shipping in the Red Sea.
Al-Iryani urged the international community to condemn the Iran-led militia’s terroristic activities and to take a hard stance against Iran for its actions which threaten regional and international stability.
Meanwhile, a Houthi ballistic missile fired on civilian areas in Marib city on Wednesday injured three children and a woman.
“Firing ballistic missiles on civilians and into populated areas is a grave escalation and violation of the international resolutions and norms… it amounts to a war crime,” Yemen’s Ministry of Human Rights was quoted by Saba New in a report.


COVID-19 infection rates among UAE citizens increased by 30%

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COVID-19 infection rates among UAE citizens increased by 30%

  • The total number of recorded cases in the UAE is 61,845 and 354 deaths
  • Meanwhile, the UAE celebrated reaching 5000 vaccinated volunteers in its phase III trials of an inactivated vaccine

DUBAI: The UAE’s Minister of Health and Prevention announced a 30 percent rise in new COVID-19 cases among citizens on Thursday and warned of the dangers of gatherings that do not follow measures.

The minister called for those in the UAE to exercise caution and care in order to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

The official spokesman for the UAE Government, Omar Al-Hammadi, said that the total number of recorded cases in the UAE is 61,845 and 354 deaths, while the current number of patients receiving treatment has reached 5,752.

Meanwhile, the UAE celebrated reaching 5000 vaccinated volunteers in its phase III trials of an inactivated vaccine for COVID-19, state news agency WAM reported.

The trials began in Abu Dhabi last month after China’s Sinopharm CNBG, the world’s sixth-largest vaccine manufacturer, developed an inactivated vaccine that successfully completed phase I and II of testing.

Phase I and Phase II trials, which were conducted in China, resulted in 100 percent of the volunteers generating antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, after two doses in 28 days.

Over 80 nationalities in the UAE have volunteered to participate in the trails, according to WAM.

“This milestone marks a significant achievement for the ongoing clinical trials and is testament to the global commitment to humanity of everyone who calls the UAE home,” Chairperson of the National COVID-19 Clinical Management Committee, Nawal Ahmed Alkaabi, said.

"We reached the 5000 vaccinations faster than anticipated and believe that our trials of the inactivated vaccine are moving faster than comparable trials processes anywhere in the world,” he added.

Alkaabi said that the UAE aims to vaccinate 15,000 volunteers.

The thousands of volunteers who have been vaccinated come from a diverse background and are of all ages between 18 and 60.