Fighting in Yemen escalates as government army claims progress 

The west coast fronts also witnessed clashes with the Houthi militia, the spokesperson said. (File/AFP)
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Updated 11 October 2020

Fighting in Yemen escalates as government army claims progress 

  • Senior army officials loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi reported violent battles in Al-Jawf and Marib

Fighting in Yemen has intensified as the government’s army claimed progress on the ground against the Houthi militia, state news agency Saba new reported. 
Senior army officials loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi reported violent battles in Al-Jawf, which is north of Sanaa, in Marib east of the capital, as well as in the west coast.
Brigadier General Abdo Majali, the spokesman for the National Army, said that army forces supported by the Popular Resistance and the Saudi-led Arab coalition achieved strategic victories in Al-Jawf, although fighting continues at the outskirts of the provincial capital of Al-Hazm.
Al-Jawf Governor Major General Amin Al-Akimi said army forces managed to defend the city gate of Al-Hazm after bloody battles with Houthi fighters. 
Majali likewise confirmed that skirmishes continue in Marib and east of Sanaa, but coalition airstrikes were causing huge Houthis casualties. 
The west coast fronts also witnessed clashes with the Houthi militia, the spokesperson said. 
The Houthi militia continuously target civilians, the army official said, including farmers and fishermen in Hodeidah.


Hundreds of Syrians exit Lebanese town over tensions: UN

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Hundreds of Syrians exit Lebanese town over tensions: UN

  • UNHCR spokesperson: ‘Collective punishment... for a whole community for an incident involving one individual is unacceptable’
  • Those who fled, said they were chased out of Bsharre, a Christian-majority town, after a Syrian was accused of shooting dead a Lebanese resident

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: At least 270 Syrian families have left a north Lebanon town, as hostility toward them mounted over a murder allegedly committed by a Syrian national, the UN refugee agency said Friday.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees condemned “collective reprisals against Syrians in the town,” of Bsharre, saying many of the families fled in fear without taking their belongings.
“Collective punishment... for a whole community for an incident involving one individual is unacceptable,” a UNHCR spokesperson said in a statement.
Many of those who fled the Christian-majority town said they were chased out by Bsharre residents after a Syrian on Monday was accused of shooting dead a Lebanese resident, sparking widespread tension and hostility.
Lebanon’s official National News Agency reported forced evictions of Syrians in the wake of the murder, but Bsharre’s mayor denied that the Syrians had left out of fear.
An AFP correspondent in Tripoli saw dozens of Syrian families gathering outside a UNHCR building in the northern city.
A group of young men in Bsharre “assaulted us, threatened us and started a fire” in the house, Umm Khaled, a 31-year-old Syrian mother of five told AFP.
“We picked up our children and ran away to Tripoli,” located more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) east, she said.
Yassin Hassan, a 30-year-old Syrian who had lived in Bsharre for years, said he was beaten by a group of men.
“We ran away... without taking anything from our homes,” he told AFP.
Tripoli is among the most welcoming destinations in Lebanon for refugees.
Lebanon, which is grappling with an economic crisis, says it hosts some 1.5 million Syrians, including around one million registered as refugees with the United Nations.
UNHCR said it received “a large number of refugees from Bsharre” in its Tripoli reception center.
They were encouraged to find alternative housing but those with nowhere to stay were moved to shelters, a spokesperson told AFP.
The reasons behind the murder that fueled anti-Syrian sentiments in Bsharre remains shrouded in mystery.
The Syrian suspect in question has handed himself over to authorities, the army said.
A judicial source said investigations were still underway.
The mayor of Bsharre says the town is home to nearly a thousand Syrians.
Authorities have called on refugees to return to Syria even though rights groups warn that the war-torn country is not yet safe.