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Saudi Arabia war on Yemen 

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement says the Yemenis will continue their resistance as long as the Saudi-led aggression persists. Abdul-Malik al-Houthi stressed Yemen wants peace but it will never surrender. He says if the enemies of his country want peace, they must end the war and blockade. Al-Houthi says Riyadh and its allies have failed to reach their objective of occupying Yemen during seven years of aggression. He described as barbaric the crimes committed by Saudi Arabia against the Yemenis, and condemned the silence of the international community in the face of those acts. The leader of Ansarullah also slammed the UAE for giving in to US pressure to normalize ties with Israel.

New COVID restriction in Holland 

Europe is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases amid the spread of the Omicron variant. Russia reported over 27,000 new infections and more than a thousand daily deaths from the coronavirus. It has imposed restrictions on travelers coming from South Africa where the Omicron variant was first detected. Germany announced nearly 43,000 cases of the disease. The country’s health officials have warned of a massive fifth wave due to the new COVID variant. Also, the Dutch government is planning to announce new measures including a complete lockdown of businesses with the exception of essential retailers. Omicron was first detected on November 24. It has spread to nearly 90 countries. A preliminary study by South African scientists suggests Omicron is highly transmissible and may evade some immunity to COVID-19.

Iran plummeting COVID rates

Iran continues to see a decline in COVID cases and deaths. The country has logged 41 new deaths, its lowest daily tally since May last year. The health ministry says 17 out of 31 provinces have reported no fatalities in the past day. Nearly 1,400 people have tested positive for the virus, the lowest in over a year. The downward trend in Iran's COVID cases and deaths is largely attributed to the mass vaccination launched in August. Nearly 113-million jabs have been administered nationwide. Over 50-million Iranians have received two doses of a COVID vaccine. Over 3.5 million people have also received booster shots.

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