Yemenis protest Saudi bombing & ‘traitors supporting war of aggression’

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Yemenis protest Saudi bombing & ‘traitors supporting war of aggression’ (VIDEO)
Thousands of Yemenis have staged a mass rally in the capital Sanaa to protest against the Saudi bombing which recently entered its third year. They have also urged the Houthi rebel authorities to intensify the battle against the “5th column” and alleged Saudi spies.

Demonstrating against the ongoing military campaign of the Saudi-led coalition which began in March 2015, the protesters marched to mobilize more tribal fighters to oppose the coalition-backed Yemeni government forces which control parts of the country.

The crowd urged the Houthi government – the Supreme Political Council – to declare a state of emergency which will grant loyalists with more powers to implement internal security measures in areas under their control.

The emergency powers will also enable the Houthis to hunt down alleged Yemeni supporters of the so-called “fifth column” of the Saudi-led military coalition.

“We appeal to the political council and appeal to the government and the bishops to call for a state of emergency as soon as possible because we have been facing an unjust war of aggression for two years and we have now entered into the third year,” protester Amer al-Salmi, told RT’s Ruptly news agency.

The demonstrators chanted slogans against those who they believe are Saudi-paid Yemeni traitors.

“Men at the front of the army and the popular committees are facing aggression on foreign fronts. We also have a duty to confront those who work with this aggression from within,” said protester, Ibrahim Hamiduddin.

The massive event proceeded along the Airport Road. A number of key speakers urged unity and called for the creation of an internal front to face the Saudi war machine and the alleged traitors whom they accuse of working for the Saudi monarchy.

“The people of Yemen are fully prepared to confront aggression no matter what its size, whatever its potential. The Yemeni people depend on God Almighty and rely on God and depend on the self-development that develops day after day, one period after another,” Daifallah al-Shami, a member of the Political Council of Ansar Allah said.

The Yemeni Civil War began in 2015 between two factions now claiming to constitute the Yemeni government. The Houthi forces now control part of the country including the capital Sanaa and are allied with forces loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

On the ground, they now fight the forces loyal to the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, based in Aden. Hadi, who fled the country in 2015, has mainly relied on Saudi air power to fight the Houthis.

In over two years of relentless Saudi-led bombardment, more than 10,200 people have been killed. At least another 40,000 people have been wounded while more than three million Yemenis have been displaced.

As the fighting rages on, the US and the UK have been sharply criticized for their role in arming and supporting the Saudi-led coalition amid growing evidence of war crimes, mounting civilian casualties, and pressure from human rights groups.

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ISIS launches 2nd chemical attack in Mosul in 2 days, injures 6 Iraqi soldiers

ISIS launches 2nd chemical attack in Mosul in 2 days, injures 6 Iraqi soldiers
At least six Iraqi soldiers have suffered inhalation problems following a chemical attack launched by Islamic State on Sunday. This is the second time in two days that the terrorists have used chemical agents to push back government forces in Mosul.

The chemical attack on Sunday occurred in a recently-liberated area of Mosul, where the Federal Police and Rapid Response forces are advancing towards the old city which is still roaming with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) jihadists.

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The spokesman for the Joint Operation Command in Iraq, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told the Associated Press that six soldiers suffered “breathing problems” from the attack.

The victims are now being treated at a field clinic, the spokesman added. An investigation has been launched to determine what type of gas was used.

Meanwhile, security sources told the AhlulBayt News Agency that missiles were loaded with chlorine and were fired at the al-Abar neighborhood.

This is the second time in as much days that IS terrorists have used chemical weapons in an effort to stop government troops’ advance on the old city.

“The Daesh terrorist gangs tried to block the advance of our forces by using shells filled with toxic chemical material, but the effect was limited,” Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement, referring to Saturday’s incident on their Facebook page.

The statement added that the attack on Saturday did not cause any deaths, only “limited injuries” to an unspecified number of troops who were immediately treated after being evacuated from the area.

Officers in Iraq’s Federal Police told Reuters that the chemical weapons agents were fired from the Urouba and Bab Jadid districts on Saturday.

Some 400,000 people are trapped in the area controlled by extremists, as Iraqi forces make slow progress in liberating the rest of the city from the jihadists.

The initial operation to liberate Iraq’s second largest city began exactly six months ago on October 16.

After securing the eastern part of the megapolis earlier this year, fighting in heavily populated west Mosul was expected to turn into a tough challenge for Iraqi forces due to the city’s narrow alleyways and streets which does not allow for armored vehicles and tanks to go through.

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While coalition forces have been reporting on their military advances, civilian casualties have been piling up – both at the hands of terrorists and sometimes as a result of indiscriminate shelling by the US-led coalition.

International human rights groups, as well as the Russian Foreign Ministry have warned that the humanitarian plight in war-torn Mosul has “escalated to the limit.” Iraq’s president has described it as a “full-on catastrophe.”

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Serbia wants to buy S-300 missile systems, talking with Russia & Belarus – president

Serbia wants to buy S-300 missile systems, talking with Russia & Belarus – president
Serbia needs two divisions of Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile systems and a command post to protect its airspace, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said. A possible purchase is apparently being discussed with Russia and Belarus.

Vucic told reporters on Sunday that he has personally discussed buying S-300s with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko.

“There is no agreement concerning the S-300. I mentioned it during the talks with President Putin, and we talked about it. We discussed it with President Lukashenko as well,” he said.

In January, Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic also mentioned that Belgrade planned to open negotiations on the purchase of anti-missile systems with Belarus.

As for striking a deal with Moscow, there have been no official statements on the matter from either Serbian or Russian officials.

Vucic last visited Belarus’ capital, Minsk, in late-January, and Moscow in December, when he still was Serbia’s prime minister.

“For us it would be vital to have two (S-300) divisions and one regimental command post, which would be a solution for us for many years to come,” he said.

The Serbian president also commented on a recent report in the media claiming that Russia had sold S-300 systems to Croatia in the 1990s in violation of a UN embargo imposed due to the Yugoslavian civil war.

“We have no information that Croatia is in possession of the S-300. Generally, one can’t hide such a thing, it’s not a needle,” Vucic said.

The report in Croatia’s Vecernji List newspaper has been denied by Russia. Earlier this week, Moscow slammed the article as “provocative, twisting the facts, and aimed at smearing Russian politics in the Balkans.”

“Russia has always followed its international legal obligations, including those under the embargo regime on arms supply for the conflicting parties of the Yugoslavia crisis in 1991-1995,” Artem Kozhin, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Information and Press, said.

Vucic also said that Belgrade, which is Moscow’s closest ally in the Balkans, has sealed a deal to receive six Russian MiG-29 fighter jets for Serbia.

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The Serbian armed forces will receive the planes, as well as 30 T-72 tanks and 30 BRDM-2 personnel carriers, on extremely preferential terms, only needing to pay for repairs and upgrades.

In late March, Serbian military officials said the transfer would take place in the coming weeks.

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