Here is a brief look at Press TV Newsroom's headlines from 0900 GMT to 1700 GMT, December 29, 2018.


Hudaydah ceasefire deal

UN sources say Ansarullah fighters have started to redeploy in the Yemeni city of Hudaydah as part of the UN-sponsored ceasefire. Houthi’s spokesman says the redeployment is to implement the first phase of the Stockholm agreement. He also urged the UN monitoring committee in Yemen to force the Saudi-led coalition into carrying out their mutual obligations. The two warring sides signed a peace agreement earlier this month, agreeing on a ceasefire in the port city and the withdrawal of their armed forces. Hudaydah is the main port for food supplies and humanitarian aid delivery to Yemenis, which has turned into a battleground since the launch of the Saudi war on Yemen in 2015.

UK migration crisis

The British home secretary has expressed concern over the rising number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel. Sajid Javid called the trend “major incident”, and appointed a gold commander to deal with the issue. He also asked for an urgent call with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss the matter. Meanwhile, British lawmakers have called for more patrols along the coast. That’s a day after two more inflatable boats carrying 12 men were intercepted, adding to 82 the number of migrants detained while trying to cross the channel since Christmas Day. At least 250 migrants were reportedly intercepted in the channel between January and November 2018.

Indonesia tsunami fears

Indonesian authorities have ordered over 40,000 people to evacuate the coast along Sunda Strait amid fears of a second tsunami. The order follows the eruption of a volcano that has led officials to upgrade the alert level. The Indonesian disaster agency ordered the massive evacuation which stood at 20,000 people the day before. Last Saturday, a volcano-triggered tsunami in the same region caused widespread deaths and destruction. So far, 400 people have died and 7,200 injured. Some 1,500 buildings were also damaged. Search and rescue operations are ongoing.

Egypt police kill 40 militants

Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected terrorists in three separate operations a day after deadly bombing on a bus packed with Vietnamese tourists. The interior ministry says 30 militants were killed during two raids in Giza province and 10 others in the restive North Sinai. According to the ministry statement, the militants in Giza were planning a series of attacks on state institutions and the tourism industry. The Friday’s roadside blast left three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian guide dead and eleven others wounded. The incident happened near the Egypt's world famous Giza pyramids outside the capital Cairo. Terrorist attacks on foreigners in Egypt in recent years have caused tourist numbers to plunge.

Gaza funeral

Another victim of Israel’s increasing brutality has been laid to rest in the Gaza Strip. Israeli snipers shot the mentally challenged man during Friday’s peaceful rallies.

France protests

French police have clashed with yellow vest protesters in the capital, Paris, as demonstrators take to the streets for the seventh consecutive Saturday to express their anger at the government’s economic policies. The clashes broke out as the demonstrators gathered outside the headquarters of the French public broadcaster, France Televisions. Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Several demonstrators were injured. Police say a number of protesters have been arrested. The rallies started in mid-November as a simple protest against planned fuel hikes, but soon morphed into mass demonstrations against the government and President Emanuel Macron’s policies. The movement has vowed to continue the protests into 2019.

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