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ADEN, August 18, 2018 (MENA) - Thirty-one Houthi militants were killed in clashes with the Yemeni army in Baqim district in Saada, Yemeni sources said on Saturday.

A whole family was killed in a shelling that was launched by the Houthi militias on a village in Hajjah province, Al Arabiya news channel reported, quoting the sources as saying

The sources said that the Houthi militias are targeting civilians in Hajjah province, a move that coincides with the heavy losses inflicted on them by the Yemeni army, backed by the Arab coalition.

Spokesperson of the coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al Malki announced that the Yemeni forces are advancing towards the center of Hiran town after destroying the Houthi fortifications.

 

ADEN, August 18, 2018 (MENA) - The Yemeni army conducted on Saturday a wide-scale military operation in Qanya and Fadha districts in al Bayda governorate, local sources said.

The army forces were backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighter jets, Al Arabiya news channel quoted the sources as saying.

The Arab alliance has also carried out more than eight air raids against Houthi sites in Qanya, they said, noting that Houthi vehicles and military equipment were destroyed as a result.

Meanwhile, Sky News channel said Yemeni resistance troops, backed by the Arab coalition air force, started a large offensive against Houthi militias in Hodeidah governorate.

 

 

 

 

 

GENEVA, August 17, 2018 (News Wires) - The United Nations has invited the Yemeni government and the Houthi movement that controls most of the north to peace talks in Geneva on Sept. 6, a UN spokeswoman said on Friday.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is trying to negotiate an end to the three- year conflict, which has killed more than 10,000 people and pushed Yemen to the verge of starvation.

"I can confirm the office of Special Envoy has sent invitations to the government of Yemen and to Ansarullah," UN spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci told a Geneva news briefing.

 

 

Regional commitments

By the Gazette Editorial Board

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi recently said very firmly that the security and stability of Yemen were of the utmost importance ‘not only to the national security of Egypt but also to that of the whole region’.

The President’s strong emphasis on this came during a joint press conference he had with Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who paid a two-day visit to Cairo earlier this week.

It was the third time for Hadi to visit Egypt since he came to power in March 2015. On that occasion, he visited Sharm El-Sheikh to take part in an Arab Summit and attend the Suez Canal inauguration in August 2015.

President Sisi said that Egypt would not tolerate by any means any attempt to reduce Yemen to a centre of influence for non-Arab forces [Iran-linked Houthis]. “[Egypt] categorically rejects Yemen as a centre of influence or a threat to the security and stability of the brotherly Arab states,” President Sisi said.

He emphasised that Egypt was always genuinely committed to supporting the stability of Yemen and its territorial integrity. “Egypt always highlights its commitments to supporting the legitimate Yemeni government to overcome the current challenges and attempts to violate the future of the brotherly Yemeni people,” El Sisi said.

On this occasion, President Sisi underlined Egypt's readiness to increase the volume of training and support provided to build the potentials of Yemeni cadres in various fields. Egypt would increase the number of scholarships and training programmes, as well as therapeutic grants to receive and treat injured Yemenis.

President Sisi’s statement during the press conference was a clear-cut message that Arab national security was an essential and inseparable part of Egypt’s national security. His re-emphasis in this regard came when he warned that Egypt would not allow any foreign powers to threaten or destabilise the freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and the Strait of Bab al-Mandab, which was one of the world’s most important tanker routes.

Saudi Arabia last month had to suspend oil shipments through the Red Sea’s Bab al- Mandeb strait after Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two ships in the waterway.

Egypt's commitment to Yemen and different Arab countries far and wide in the Middle East stems from the fundamentals of its foreign policy and decades of struggle and co- operation.

SANAA, August 15, 2018 (MENA) - Sixteen Houthis were killed on Wednesday during air raids launched by the Arab coalition on the Western Coast in Yemen.

The raids targeted Tahita and Durayhimi districts, according to local Yemeni sources.

The airstrikes were aimed at military vehicles of the Iranian-backed Houthi militants, they said.

 

CAIRO, Aug 13 , 2018(MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held Monday afternoon official talks with visiting Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi at Al Ittihadiya Presidential Palace. 

A press conference will be held after the talks which are expected to take up bilateral ties and latest Yemeni developments.

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