Yemen condemns Houthi militia’s targeting of civilians in Hodeidah

Yemen condemns Houthi militia’s targeting of civilians in Hodeidah
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Updated 30 November 2020

Yemen condemns Houthi militia’s targeting of civilians in Hodeidah

Yemen condemns Houthi militia’s targeting of civilians in Hodeidah
  • The ‘massacre’ struck a village south of Hodeidah

RIYADH: Yemen’s human rights ministry on Sunday condemned in the strongest terms the Iranian-backed Houthi attack, which killed 11 civilians, including five children and three women, and wounded six others, all of them in critical condition.
The “massacre” struck the village of Al-Qaza in Al-Durayhimi district, south of Hodeidah, the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) said, adding that “the terrorist Houthi militia bombed the homes of (these) citizens in the village.”
The ministry said: “These crimes come in light of suspicious silence from the international community, which is satisfied with only expressions of condemnation and regret without standing in front of the crimes committed by the Houthi militia against civilians.”
The ministry also stressed that this massacre should not go unpunished, as it comes within a continuous approach through which the Houthi militia “punishes the regions that reject its sectarian ideology based on killing, forced displacement and the spread of sectarianism and racism.”


Lebanon patriarch tells feuding president and PM-designate to reconcile

Lebanon patriarch tells feuding president and PM-designate to reconcile
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Lebanon patriarch tells feuding president and PM-designate to reconcile

Lebanon patriarch tells feuding president and PM-designate to reconcile
BEIRUT: Lebanon’s top Christian cleric has urged President Michel Aoun to set up a reconciliation meeting with Prime Minister-designate Saad Al-Hariri to form a cabinet and end the country’s political deadlock.
The country’s fractious politicians have been unable to agree on a new administration since the last one quit in the aftermath of the Aug. 4 Beirut port explosion, leaving Lebanon rudderless as it sinks deeper into economic crisis.
Tensions between Aoun and Hariri, who publicly traded blame in December after failing to agree a cabinet, came to a head last week when a leaked video showed Aoun apparently calling Hariri a liar.
Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai said at his Sunday sermon that the situation in Lebanon was now “tragic” and there was no excuse to further delay forming a government.
“We wish that his excellency the president take the initiative and invite the prime minister-designate to a meeting.”
Veteran Sunni politician Hariri was named premier for a fourth time in October, promising to form a cabinet of specialists to enact reforms necessary to unlock foreign aid, but political wrangling has delayed the process since.
The leaked video that circulated on social media last week showed Aoun talking to caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab about Hariri.
“There is no government formation, he (Hariri) is saying he gave me a paper, he is lying,” Aoun is heard saying.
Sources in the president’s office said the dialogue had been taken out of context and was not complete.
After the video circulated, Hariri tweeted biblical verses referring to wisdom not residing in bodies that were amenable to sin.
The souring of the relationship between Aoun and Hariri comes as the country continues to struggle with an acute financial crisis that has seen the currency sink by about 80%.
Lebanon’s health care system is also buckling under the pressure of a severe spike in COVID-19 infections. Medical supplies have dwindled as dollars have grown scarce.