Houthis launch missile, 4 drones in latest attack off Yemen

Houthis launch missile, 4 drones in latest attack off Yemen
Workers prepare foodstuff provided by the Iranian embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 13, 2024, to be distributed to Houthi fighters who were wounded in war. (Reuters)
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Updated 14 March 2024
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Houthis launch missile, 4 drones in latest attack off Yemen

Houthis launch missile, 4 drones in latest attack off Yemen
  • US and UK counter-attacks on Houthi positions have not stopped the Iran-backed militia from attacking ships passing through the Red Sea

RIYADH: Houthi forces fired one anti-ship ballistic missile and four drones in their latest attack on ships transiting the waterway off Yemen, but all were destroyed, the US military said on Thursday.

In a post on X, the US Central Command said the missile and drones were launched from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen into the Gulf of Aden between 2 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. (Sanaa time) on March 13, 2024.

Fortunately the attacks "did not impact any vessels and there were no injuries or damage reported," the CENTCOM said, adding that US naval forces in the area "successfully engaged and destroyed" the Houthi weapons.

"These actions are taken to protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for US Navy and merchant vessels," the post said.

On Wednesday, US and British forces carried out airstrikes on Houthi positions in the western Yemen city of Hodeidah, a day after the Iran-backed militia launched missile and drone attacks on ships in the Red Sea.

An earlier CENTCOM post said the Houthis fired a close-range ballistic missile at the US naval destroyer Laboon, but it did not strike the ship or cause any damage.

The US and UK, supported by other nations, had also launched dozens of attacks on military targets in Sanaa, Saada, Taiz, and other Houthi-controlled territories, hitting missile and drone launchers and depots, radar sites, and other military infrastructure.

The attacks, however, has not stopped the Houthis, whose leaders had promised to continue attacking ships suspected of transporting goods to Israel.

The Houthis have expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people amid an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, which was triggered by the massive Hamas attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7, 2023.


Houthis blame Israel for Yemen port strike

Houthis blame Israel for Yemen port strike
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Houthis blame Israel for Yemen port strike

Houthis blame Israel for Yemen port strike
HODEIDAH: The Houthis blamed Israel Saturday for a series of strikes on a fuel depot in the militia-held Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, adding that the strikes caused casualties.
“The Israeli enemy’s raids on oil storage facilities in the port of Hodeidah” have led to deaths and injuries, the militia’s health ministry said in a statement carried by Houthi-run media, without specifying a toll. Israel has yet to comment on the strikes.

UAE launches investigation into Bangladeshi expats arrested for alleged riots

UAE launches investigation into Bangladeshi expats arrested for alleged riots
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UAE launches investigation into Bangladeshi expats arrested for alleged riots

UAE launches investigation into Bangladeshi expats arrested for alleged riots

DUBAI: UAE Attorney-General Hamad Saif Al-Shamsi has ordered an investigation into the arrest of several Bangladeshi nationals who were apprehended for inciting riots across multiple streets in the UAE on Friday.

A dedicated team from the public prosecution has promptly begun investigating the arrested individuals, Emirates News Agency, WAM, reported on Saturday.

Preliminary findings suggest that the suspects engaged in criminal activities, including assembling in public spaces and protesting against their home government, WAM added.

These actions were allegedly intended to incite unrest, obstruct the enforcement of law, disrupt individual interests, endanger others and violate their rights, impede traffic, and cause damage to both public and private property.

It is alleged that the suspects deliberately disrupted transport networks, organized and promoted these demonstrations, and recorded and disseminated audiovisual footage of their actions online.

Such activities are considered offenses against state security and public order in the UAE.

The public prosecution has ordered the pre-trial detention of the suspects pending further investigations. Al-Shamsi has also directed that the suspects be referred to an expedited trial.

Massive protests have broken out in Bangladesh over student anger against quotas that set aside 30% of government jobs for the families of those who fought for independence from Pakistan.
Police have fired tear gas to scatter protesters in some areas while the government has banned public gatherings, imposed communications restrictions, deployed the army in some parts and imposed a curfew. Dozens have been killed in the past week.


Jordan sends 83 aid trucks to Gaza

Jordan sends 83 aid trucks to Gaza
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Jordan sends 83 aid trucks to Gaza

Jordan sends 83 aid trucks to Gaza
  • Contents of the trucks include food parcels, blankets, clothes and health care supplies

AMMAN: Jordan announced that a convoy of 83 trucks containing humanitarian aid was headed to Gaza on Saturday, Jordan News Agency reported.

The contents of the trucks, including food parcels, blankets, clothes and health care supplies, will be distributed to Palestinian civilians via partner associations and organization in the Strip.

The convoy was sent by the Jordanian Armed Forces-Arab Army and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization. It was sent in collaboration with the World Food Programme and funded by the Helping Hand Society and Human Appeal.

JHCO Secretary-General Hussein Shibli highlighted the scale of Jordan’s aid initiative to Gaza, noting that the substantial donations from local, regional and international bodies underscored the trust Jordan commands globally and its capability to deliver aid effectively to the region.

Shibli said that to date, the number of trucks to have entered Gaza had reached 2,694, in addition to 53 planes via El-Arish in Egypt.
 


Emirati market opens in Qingdao to celebrate 40 years of UAE-China relations

Emirati market opens in Qingdao to celebrate 40 years of UAE-China relations
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Emirati market opens in Qingdao to celebrate 40 years of UAE-China relations

Emirati market opens in Qingdao to celebrate 40 years of UAE-China relations
  • Market includes pavilions selling dates, traditional handicrafts, and popular Emirati cuisine

DUBAI: The UAE opened an Emirati market in Qingdao on Saturday as part of the UAE-China Friendship Festival, which ends Sunday.

The festival marks 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations, showcasing a diverse array of Emirati products and arts to the Chinese public, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

The market includes pavilions selling dates, traditional handicrafts, and popular Emirati cuisine. There is also an exhibition chronicling the development of relations between the UAE and China.

The festival also features a “comprehensive cultural program” that includes performances of traditional arts “celebrating the UAE's national identity,” as well as workshops.

This event is part of a broader series of activities in both countries aimed at “enhancing mutual understanding and fostering new opportunities for cooperation across various sectors,” according to WAM.
 


UAE, GCC welcome ICJ ruling on Israeli settlements in Palestine

UAE, GCC welcome ICJ ruling on Israeli settlements in Palestine
Updated 20 July 2024
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UAE, GCC welcome ICJ ruling on Israeli settlements in Palestine

UAE, GCC welcome ICJ ruling on Israeli settlements in Palestine
  • ICJ had reinforced the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights under international law, Albudaiwi says

DUBAI: The UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council have welcomed a ruling by the UN’s top court that Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory break international law.

The International Court of Justice issued the judgment, which is non-binding, on Friday.

The court ruled that “the transfer by Israel of settlers to the West Bank and Jerusalem as well as Israel’s maintenance of their presence, is contrary to article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country rejected all measures aimed at altering the historical and legal status of occupied Palestine.

The ministry condemned practices that contravene international resolutions, warning that such actions “threaten further escalation and instability in the region, and hinder efforts to achieve peace and stability.” It also emphasized the importance of supporting initiatives to advance the peace process in the Middle East as well as bringing an end to “Israel’s illegal practices that undermine an independent Palestinian state.”

GCC Secretary-General Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi said that the ICJ had reinforced the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights under international law and UN resolutions to reclaim territories occupied by Israel. He asserted that the settlement activities and geographic changes imposed by Israeli forces are “illegitimate and lack regional or international recognition.”

Albudaiwi reiterated that the Occupied Territories remain “the inherent right of the Palestinian people” and reaffirmed the GCC’s steadfast support for the Palestinian cause, advocating for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The ICJ’s ruling comes against the backdrop of Israel’s devastating bombardment on Gaza, following the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israeli settlements adjacent to the Palestinian enclave.

Israel captured the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem in 1967, but Palestinians consider those areas to be an integral part of any future independent state.

The ruling was also welcomed by Saudi Arabia and the Muslim World League.