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UAE denies Al Houthis’ missile launch claims

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority on Sunday denied Al Houthis’ allegations of launching a missile towards the UAE. In a statement issued to the official news agency WAM on Sunday, the authority said the UAE’s air defence system is capable of dealing with threat of any kind. The Barakah nuclear …

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Coalition rescues French journalists in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition rescued two French journalists on Thursday who had gone missing in an area of Yemen held by the Iran-aligned Al Houthi group, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported. The channel said the two women had been “kidnapped” by the Al Houthis on November 2 while travelling with a …

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Yemeni troops oust Al Qaida from southern town

Yemeni forces, trained and armed by the UAE, have booted Al Qaida militants out of a town in the southern province of Shabwa, local military officers said. A large convoy of military vehicles carrying at least two hundreds soldiers, locally known Shabwani Elite Forces, stormed the town of Houta, forcing …

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Aden security chief praises UAE support

Aden’s Security Department yesterday inaugurated ‘Section 1’ and correctional centre at the Mansoura Central Prison. Many human rights and civil society organisations attended the event. Brigadier General Shalal Shaya, Aden’s Security Director thanked the UAE for its support, which was involved in the rebuilding and maintenance of the prison. Aden …

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Saudi Arabia: Missile intercepted near Riyadh

Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport on Saturday evening. The missile was destroyed over the capital and fragments landed in the airport area, officials quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency said. A TV channel …

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Yemen army reports gains on Sana’a front

Dozens of Iran-backed Al Houthi militants have been killed over the last couple of days in fierce fighting with government forces in Nehim district, just outside of rebel-held Yemeni capital Sana’a, a Yemeni army spokesperson told Gulf News. Brigadier General Abdo Abdullah Majili said on Wednesday that government forces, backed …

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US takes aim at Daesh in Yemen for first time

The United States said it launched its first attack on Daesh’s deadly Yemen branch on Monday with a series of nighttime air strikes that residents said targeted two villages and killed several people. Unmanned US drones launched around 12 missiles at militant positions in Yakla and Al Abl in southern …

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Red Cross warns on mass hunger in Yemen, Somalia

GENEVA – There is a window of only three to four months to avert mass starvation in Yemen and Somalia, plagued by conflict and drought, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday in an appeal for funding. More than 20 million people in four countries – …

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Children in Yemen bear brunt of brutal war: UNICEF

THE LEVANT NEWS — Hundreds of thousands of children in Yemen face life-threatening malnutrition and millions lack access to health care or clean water due to the year-old war there, the U.N. Children’s Fund said on Tuesday. A UNICEF report also said all sides in the war had “exponentially increased” …

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Royal Pain

The setback in relations with Iran is just one of Saudi Arabia’s many problems. By Matthew Philips for BLOOMBERG — THE LEVANT NEWS — The collapse in Saudi relations with Iran after the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric marks a grim start to the new year for Saudi Arabia’s …

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ISIS commander killed in southern Yemen

THE LEVANT NEWS — A commander of the ISIS group has been killed in clashes with fighters of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and military units amid the ongoing Saudi military aggression against the Yemenis. Yemen’s al-Masirah news website Tuesday identified the ISIS chief as Hassan Hamoud Uqlan, a known field …

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Yemen war intensifies amid mounting regional tension

THE LEVANT NEWS — Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Iranian-allied Houthi forces intensified in Yemen Tuesday, residents said, an escalation of a nine-month-old war that follows a rise in tensions between the kingdom and Iran. After weeks of a relative lull, large airstrikes targeted military positions linked to Yemen’s ascendant Houthis in …

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Al-Qaeda, ISIS, And The Shia

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”(AQAP), based in Yemen, has significantly denied its involvement in Sanaa’s suicide bombs in the Shia Zaidi mosques, which are frequented by followers of the Houthi “Ansarullah” group, saying it is against its principles to target mosques. The organization announced in a …

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