Yemen Underlines Need for 'All Good Forces' to Confront Militias

Yemen’s President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi delivers a speech in the southern port city of Aden March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Yemen’s President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi delivers a speech in the southern port city of Aden March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Yemen Underlines Need for 'All Good Forces' to Confront Militias

Yemen’s President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi delivers a speech in the southern port city of Aden March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Yemen’s President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi delivers a speech in the southern port city of Aden March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi underlined the need to defeat militias in the country, while the legitimate government called for the “participation of all good forces” to confront the insurgents.

Hadi said that Houthi militias were determined to be used as an Iranian tool in the killing, displacement and destruction of the country.

“We have no choice but to triumph over the forces of darkness in the interest of the new federal Yemen, as we have two paths: the victory of legitimacy and the new federal Yemen, or dependence on the forces of darkness represented by the Iranian Houthi militias,” Hadi said, during his meeting with the European Union Ambassador to Yemen, Antonia Calvo.

The Yemeni official news agency (Saba) said that Hadi reviewed with the EU ambassador “recent developments in Yemen and the exclusion of the Houthis of those who were their partners.”

The Yemeni president also stressed the importance of the role assumed by the European Union in “standing up to the violations committed by Houthi militias against innocent people in Sanaa, including children and women.”

The EU ambassador, for her part, expressed her satisfaction with the meeting, as it provided additional information on the latest developments in the Yemeni arena. She also emphasized “the EU’s position in support of peace, security and stability in Yemen.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi said, during a separate meeting with the EU ambassador, that the government was keen to “preserve all good Yemeni political forces in the face of Houthi militias” and strengthen efforts to regain control over the state.

He also underlined the commitment of the Yemeni government to harness all land and maritime ports to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid and provide safe corridors to citizens.



Israel Pounds Central Gaza Camps, Deepens Invasion of Rafah

A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS
A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS
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Israel Pounds Central Gaza Camps, Deepens Invasion of Rafah

A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS
A view of a damaged building, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, at the Rafah Crossing, Gaza, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video released on June 19, 2024. Doron Kadosh, Glz/via REUTERS

Israeli forces pounded areas in the central Gaza Strip overnight, killing three people and wounding dozens of others, according to medics, while tanks deepened their invasion into Rafah in the south, residents said.
Israeli planes struck a house in Al-Nuseirat camp, killing two people and wounding 12 others, while tanks shelled areas in Al-Maghazi and Al-Bureij camps, wounding many other people, health officials said, according to Reuters. Nuseirat, Maghazi, and Bureij are three of Gaza's eight historic refugee camps.
In Deir al-Balah, a city packed with displaced people in the central Gaza Strip, an Israeli airstrike killed one Palestinian and wounded several others on Thursday, medics said.
The Israeli military said on Wednesday forces were continuing their operations across the enclave targeting militants and military infrastructure in what it described as "precise, intelligence-based" activities.
More than eight months into the war in Gaza, Israel's advance is now focused on the two last areas its forces had yet to storm: Rafah on Gaza's southern edge and the area surrounding Deir al-Balah in the center. The operations have forced more than a million people to flee since May, the vast majority already displaced from other parts of the enclave.
In Rafah, near the border with Egypt, Israeli tanks stationed deep in the western and central areas of the city stepped up bombardment, forcing more families living in the far coastal areas to flee northward. Some residents said the pace of the raid has been accelerated in the past two days.
"The tanks took control of most of the areas in Rafah. People living by the beach have also started to leave toward Khan Younis and central areas in fear because of the continued bombardment," said Abu Wasim, a resident from Rafah's Al-Shaboura neighborhood, who quit his home over a week ago before tanks rolled in reaching the heart of the city.
Rafah housed over half of Gaza's 2.3 million people until May 7 when Israeli forces began the ground offensive into the city. Fewer than 100,000 are now believed to be left behind.
There has been no sign of let-up in the fighting as efforts by international mediators, backed by the United States, have failed to persuade Israel and Hamas to agree to a ceasefire.
The armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad said fighters battled Israeli forces with anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs, and have in some areas detonated pre-planted explosive devices against army units.
On Thursday, Israeli authorities freed 33 Palestinians who had been detained during the past months by Israeli forces in different areas of the enclave. The freed detainees were admitted into Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip after they complained of torture and mistreatment by Israeli jailers.