Yemen Military Chief of Staff Hurt by Houthi Mine Explosion

 Yemen's military chief of staff was hit by a landmine explosion while conducting an inspection to the northern province of al-Jouf. In the province there is a fierce battle between government forces against the Houthi rebels.

Senior Yemeni government official said as quoted by news agency Reuters, Saturday (6/1/2018), Brigadier General Taher al-Aqeeli suffered minor injuries from a mine blast that occurred on Friday (5/1) local time. The explosion occurred while he was inspecting government bases in Khub wa al-Sha'af, the largest district of al-Jouf province.

Forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government succeeded in retaking most of the district fighting with Houthi rebels last month.

The Houthis claimed that Aqeeli and some of his assistants were wounded by the rebel group's mine blasts. According to the Houthi, Aqeeli's injuries are serious.

President Hadi appointed Aqeeli in September 2017 to replace Major General Mohammed al-Maqdeshi, who was appointed presidential advisor.

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Rebels in Yemen slam US accusations that Iran is arming Houthi

A spokesman for a rebel group in Yemen strongly denounced US allegations that Iran supplied missiles to Shiite rebel groups in Yemen, known as Houthi.

Muhammad Abdul Salam said Friday night, via Twitter, Washington created a lie to avoid the consequences of his decision acknowledged the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that sparked protests in the Arab and Muslim world, including war-torn Yemen.

The United States said on Thursday it has undeniable proof that Tehran has violated international law. Washington filed evidence of missile fragments found in Saudi Arabia and is thought to have been fired from a Houthi-controlled area in Yemen. The fragments, said US officials, have signs that show originated from Iran.

Iran denies having arming the Houthis in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting the Houthi rebels since 2015, believes that Iran is backing the group.

The Yemeni civil war has killed 10,000 people, displaced 3 million people and pushed the country to the brink of poverty.

Tensions are on the rise after Houthi kills their former ally President Ali Abdullah Saleh. [ab]

Saudi air raid kills 10 Houthi rebels in Yemen

Saudi air raids and coalitions killed 10 members of the Houthi rebel group in Yemen. The attack was launched in Al-Hudeidah province, western Yemen.

According to the Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency, Friday (15/12/2017) citing local sources, Saudi coalition forces launched an attack on Houthi locations in Hays district, Al-Hudeidah on Thursday (14/12) local time. No details are given on bombed locations.

Separately, five civilians were killed in a Saudi coalition air strike in Mawzi district of Taiz province in southwestern Yemen. Not mentioned in detail about the identity of the five dead and the target of the attack

Yemen has been plagued by turmoil and violence since 2014 when Houthi rebels control much of the country, including the capital of Sanaa.

Conflict in Yemen increases in year 2015, when the Saudis and their Arab allies launched air strikes against Houthi rebels, in support of the Yemeni government.

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