24 killed in clashes in northern Yemen

Government troops captured more than 40 rebels. (File/AFP)
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Updated 07 September 2020

24 killed in clashes in northern Yemen

  • A government military source said 16 Houthis and eight loyalists were killed in clashes Sunday nigh
  • Yemen’s internationally recognized government has been fighting the Iran-allied insurgents since 2014

More than 20 people were killed in clashes in Yemen’s northern province of Al-Jawf late Sunday as government troops tried to reclaim positions lost months ago to the Houthi group.
Yemen’s internationally recognized government has been fighting the Iran-allied insurgents since 2014, when the Houthis seized much of the north including the capital Sanaa.
A government military source said 16 Houthis and eight loyalists were killed in clashes Sunday night.
Government troops captured more than 40 rebels, the source told AFP.
Meanwhile, the insurgents advanced in the neighbouring Marib governorate, in particular the Mahliya district, after heavy fighting that also resulted in casualties.
Houthis took control of the capital of Al-Jawf earlier this year in a strategic advance that means they now threaten oil-producing Marib province.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the Yemen conflict, which the United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Fighting has carried on despite repeated calls for a ceasefire to help combat coronavirus, which health agencies fear could be disastrous in impoverished Yemen.
More than 1,900 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the country, including 572 deaths.


UAE condemns killing of Iranian scientist, calls on all parties to exercise self-restraint

Updated 5 min 47 sec ago

UAE condemns killing of Iranian scientist, calls on all parties to exercise self-restraint

  • Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday
  • He has been described by Western intelligence services as the leader of a covert atomic bomb programme

LONDON: The UAE condemned the killing of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and called on all parties to exercise self-restraint on Sunday, Emirates News Agency reported. 

“The state of instability our region is currently going through, and the security challenges it faces, drives us all to work toward averting acts that could lead to escalation and eventually threaten the stability of the entire region,” the news agency quoted the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as saying. 

“Given the current situation in the region, the UAE calls upon all parties to exercise maximum degrees of self restraint to avoid dragging the region into new levels of instability,” the ministry added.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday.

He has been described by Western and Israeli intelligence services for years as the leader of a covert atomic bomb programme halted in 2003, which Israel and the United States accuse Tehran of trying to restore in secret.