Yemen Presidential Council Stresses Need to Take Deterrent Measures against Houthi Terror

Dr. Rashad al-Alimi chairs the Presidential Leadership Council meeting on Sunday. (Saba)
Dr. Rashad al-Alimi chairs the Presidential Leadership Council meeting on Sunday. (Saba)
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Yemen Presidential Council Stresses Need to Take Deterrent Measures against Houthi Terror

Dr. Rashad al-Alimi chairs the Presidential Leadership Council meeting on Sunday. (Saba)
Dr. Rashad al-Alimi chairs the Presidential Leadership Council meeting on Sunday. (Saba)

Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council said on Sunday it will implement deterrent punitive measures against the Iran-backed Houthi militias in response to its terrorist escalation.

It held the militias fully responsible for the consequences of their attacks on life-saving humanitarian supplies.

PLC Chairman Dr. Rashad al-Alimi convened the virtual council meeting that tackled ongoing efforts to take measures to stop Houthi terrorism and attacks against oil export ports.

Yemeni sources said the meeting discussed local developments and structural reforms at “sovereign agencies.”

It also tackled “government measures to implement National Defense Council Resolution No. (1) of 2022 related to the classification of the Houthi militias as terrorist,” the sources added.

The council discussed proposals to strengthen the role of agencies concerned with combating terrorism, deterring Houthi attacks on infrastructure and economic facilities and threats to international peace and security.

The Presidential Leadership Council stressed its commitment to defending national sovereign interests and facilities, securing basic services and livelihoods, and limiting the repercussions of the systematic terrorist targeting of the oil sector and civilian facilities.

Meanwhile, Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak discussed with US Ambassador to Yemen Steven Fagin on Sunday the developments in Yemen and the repercussions of the continued terrorist Houthi attacks on ships and economic and oil installations, reported the state news agency Saba.

They discussed the difficulties impeding peace efforts in Yemen in wake of the Houthi escalation and their threat to international navigation and international peace and security.

Bin Mubarak said the government is proceeding with the procedures to implement the decision to designate the militias as a terrorist organization.

He highlighted the importance of the international community's support for the decision to help contain the Houthi threat.

For his part, the US ambassador renewed his country's condemnation of the Houthi terrorist attacks on oil facilities, stressing his country's support for the security, stability and unity of Yemen.



Israeli Tanks at Edge of Rafah's Mawasi Refuge Zone

A man walks across  fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024.  (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
A man walks across fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
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Israeli Tanks at Edge of Rafah's Mawasi Refuge Zone

A man walks across  fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024.  (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
A man walks across fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)

Israeli tanks advanced to the edge of the Mawasi displaced persons' camp in the northwest of the southern Gaza city of Rafah on Sunday in fierce fighting with Hamas-led fighters, residents said.
Images of two Israeli tanks stationed on a hilltop overlooking the coastal area went viral on social media, but Reuters could not independently verify them.

"The fighting with the resistance has been intense. The occupation forces are overlooking the Mawasi area now, which forced families there to head for Khan Younis," said one resident, who asked not to be named, on a chat app.

More than eight months into Israel's war in the Hamas-administered Palestinian enclave, its advance is focused on the two areas its forces have yet to seize: Rafah on Gaza's southern tip and the area surrounding Deir al-Balah in the center.

Residents said Israeli tanks had pushed deeper into western and northern Rafah in recent days, blowing up dozens of houses.

The Israeli military said it was continuing "intelligence-based, targeted operations" in the Rafah area and had located weapons stores and tunnel shafts, and killed Palestinian gunmen.

The armed wings of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement said their fighters had attacked Israeli forces in Rafah with anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs and pre-planted explosive devices.

Elsewhere, an Israeli airstrike killed eight Palestinians in Sabra, a suburb of Gaza City in the north, and another strike killed two people in Nuseirat in central Gaza.

The military said it had struck dozens of targets throughout the Strip.

On Saturday, Palestinian health officials said at least 40 Palestinians had been killed in separate Israeli strikes in some northern Gaza districts, where the Israeli army said it had attacked Hamas's military infrastructure. Hamas said the targets were the civilian population.

In Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, health officials at Kamal Adwan Hospital said a baby had died of malnutrition, taking the number of children dead of malnutrition or dehydration since Oct. 7 to at least 30, a number that health officials say reflects under-recording.