Ansarullah, allies agree to form ruling body in Yemen

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, President of the Huthi Revolutionary Committee, resides a meeting with released prisoners in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on April 21, 2016. AFP

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

  • Syria has opened three humanitarian corridors for people and a fourth route for militants to leave Aleppo. Government forces have already cut off all supply routes into the northern city’s militant-held areas. President Bashar al-Assad has offered amnesty to militants who lay down arms in Aleppo.
  • US-led airstrikes have killed at least 15 civilians in the Syrian town of Ghandurah. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says dozens of people were also injured. Back on July 19, over 120 civilians were killed in the U-S-led coalition airstrikes near the city of Manbij.
  • U-S army commander General John Nickolson says five American soldiers have been injured in fighting with Daesh in Afghanistan. The U-S troops were helping Afghan Special Forces clear Daesh-controlled areas in the eastern Nangarhar province. There are currently 98-hundred American troops in Afghanistan.
  • Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party have agreed to form a Supreme Council to run the country. The 10-member council is made up of a rotating leadership that includes a president and a deputy from both sides.
  • Tens of thousands of Yemenis hold a rally in the capital Sana’a to condemn Saudi-backed militants’ atrocities in the country’s Sarari village. The village is in Ta’izz province, and has been besieged by Saudi mercenaries for over a year. Sarari’s residents have been subjected to violence and war crimes during the period.
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May says immigration control must be part of any future deal between the U-K and the E-U. She made the remark after meeting with her Slovak counterpart Robert Fico in Bratislava. May had earlier said that Britain needs to control immigration levels in order to maintain security.
  • Humanitarian agencies ask for one-point-two billion dollars in critical aid to help drought-stricken countries in Southern Africa. The El Nino phenomenon has put over 12 million people at risk in the region, limiting their access to food and water. Angola, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe are among the countries hardest hit by the drought.
  • Medical charity Doctors Without Borders has called on the United Nations to declare Northeast Nigeria a QUOTE top emergency, as hundreds of thousands are in urgent need of food and medical care. The M-S-F also said the region is close to famine due to Boko Haram terrorists’ insurgency.


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