Wed, 29 Nov 2023

BAGHDAD -- A soldier and two Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Sunday in clashes in a rugged area in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, the Iraqi military said.

An army force clashed with IS militants during an operation to hunt down the extremist militants near Himreen Lake, some 80 km northeast of the provincial capital Baquba, killing a soldier and two IS militants while injuring another two soldiers, Captain Mohammed al-Timimi from the Iraqi army told Xinhua.

The clashes ended after the Iraqi helicopter gunships were called in to carry out airstrikes on IS positions, al-Timimi added. (Iraq-IS-Operations)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi rebel group has rejected the accusation that its recent military parade in the Yemeni Red Sea port city of Hodeidah has threatened the truce in Yemen, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported Sunday.

The Houthi group reiterated that it would remain in support of a "just and honorable peace."

On September 20, ministers and representatives of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, and the United States held a meeting to discuss the situation in Yemen, after which they issued a joint statement to condemn the recent Houthi military parade. (Yemen-Houthis-Truce)

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ADEN, Yemen -- At least two people were killed and 11 others injured when an explosion struck a civilian bus in Yemen's southwestern province of Taiz on Sunday, a security official told Xinhua.

"An explosion caused by an Improvised Explosive Device targeted a civilian bus while it was passing through a main entrance leading to the besieged city of Taiz," the local security source said on condition of anonymity.

The source confirmed that the explosion partially destroyed the bus and left at least two civilian passengers killed at the scene and 11 others wounded. (Yemen-Bus-Explosion)

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DAMASCUS -- A total of 102 bodies have so far been found after a boat carrying illegal migrants capsized off the Syrian shore, while 40 others were still missing, a war monitor reported on Sunday.

Twenty people have been rescued by the Syrian authorities, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The boat, which was carrying up to 150 immigrants, set off from Lebanon on Tuesday and was heading toward Europe. It sank near the shore of the Syrian coastal city of Tartous on Thursday, according to Syrian official statements. (Syria-Shipwreck-Casualities)

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