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Saudi-led aggression: 5000 families displaced in Hudaidah

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Saudi-led aggression: 5000 families displaced in Hudaidah

Yemen witnessed unprecedented war

The ongoing Saudi-led fresh aggression against Yemen’s Hudaidah port city has caused major internal displacement of war stricken citizens in the most impoverished country in the region. The UN says that nearly 5,000 families have been displaced due to unprecedented attacks by Saudi-led coalition and militia loyal to the former President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi since June 13.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said, in a statement on Sunday that 4,458 households have been displaced from their homes in Hudaidah since June 1. At least 36 displaced families had already lost their entire livelihood as their crops were damaged in airstrikes.

After nearly a month of sporadic clashes with Houthi Ansarullah fighters, the Saudi-led coalition along with the militia loyal to former President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is currently based in Riyadh in Hudaidah, launched a major assault on Wednesday to take the Houthi-held port, a densely-populated and the most vital city.

The Houthi movement has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective administration during the past three years. Their administration also lack recognition by UN and other world bodies. The Houthis have been supporting Yemeni army having allegiance with them in defending the country against Saudi led coalition forces.

The terminology used by Houthi administration and Saudi-led coalition generally creates confusion among the readers outside the region. Saudi media call ousted President Hadi as the head of Yemen government having no practical control on most of the country’s territory.

Saudi-led aggression: 5000 families displaced in Hudaidah

Meanwhile UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, while briefing members of international diplomatic corps based in Abu Dhabi, has said on Sunday that the efforts to “liberate” Hudaidah is aimed at forcing Houthi militias to the negotiating table.

He wrote on his twitter on Sunday, “This operation is intentionally calibrated to help UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths in his difficult task to persuade the Houthis to unconditionally withdraw from Hodeida.We are at a turning point, because as long as the Houthis hold Hodeida, they will continue to impede the political process. We firmly believe that the liberation of Hodeida will pull the Houthis back to the negotiating table.”

However, on Monday, Gargash said, “It was just a matter of time” before the complete liberation of Yemen’s port city of Hudaidah. “The Arab coalition is militarily advancing with caution, to avoid civilians in Hudaidah. All routes leading to the port are planted with Houthi mines. We appreciates France’s announcement that it will help de-mining efforts in the city, he said.

He was also quoted saying, “The liberation of Hudaidah  is key to liberating Sanaa. We have opened the road from Hudaidah to Sanaa (the capital) for Houthi militias to exit without resistance.”

Saudi-led aggression: 5000 families displaced in Hudaidah

Meanwhile, Beirut based Al-Manar, quoting a Houthi Ansarullah official Mohammad Al-Bakhiti has reported that the Saudi and Emirati aggression on Hudaidah is resulting only in failure. He dismissed all reports claiming that the Saudi led forces have taken control of the Hudaidah airport and claimed that the aggression powers sustain heavy losses. He said, “Aggression forces have never secured any achievement in Hudaidah, morale of Yemeni Army, popular committees high.”

Al-Manar further said that the forces loyal to Houthi were reportedly still in control of the airport of Hudaidah, noting that Saudi-led media reports on capturing airport aimed at diverting attention from the huge losses inflicted upon Saudi-led ground troops and mercenaries in several fronts across the port city. Media in Iran and its ally countries call forces loyal to Hadi as “mercenaries” while Saudi lead coalition call them Yemeni army.

The invasion of Hudaydah has already triggered fears of a fresh humanitarian crisis in a country where more than 22 million people are in need of aid, including 8.4 million who are at risk of starvation, according to UN figures.

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Bigg Boss 14 contestant Rahul Vaidya struggles walking in knee deep water, compares Dubai rains with Mumbai floods

Singer and TV personality Rahul Vaidya was recently stranded in the Dubai rains.

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Rahul Vaidya, who was in Dubai ahead of his show which was scheduled to take place today, left the country due to heavy rains and reached Kolkata. The artist shared on social media his encounters in the UAE city, including challenges like walking through knee-deep water. Rahul provided an update regarding the heavy rainfall in Dubai on his Instagram profile.

The Bigg Boss 14 contestant revealed that he was in Kolkata and prepared to do an evening performance. Recalling the terrifying period he went through, Vaidya said there was a lot of confusion and panic in Dubai. The situation was similar to that when heavy floods hit Mumbai in 2005.

Vaiday also posted seval other images and videos of cars that were underwater and flooded roadways. The Bigg Boss 14 contestant, who shared his ordeal, claimed that even though it had just rained for two hours, the situation was dire.

In one of the video, which went viral he can be seen struggling in walking in knee-deep water. He can be also seen holding his sneakers in one hand and with other hand he was seen managing other things.

This is the result of the two hours of rain that it had, he can be heard saying in the video. Vidya also said he dosen’t believe Dubai is accustomed to a lot of rain. Everything had stopped working, he remarked.

After taking part in the first season of the singing reality show Indian Idol, Rahul Vaidya gained widespread recognition. In addition to Bigg Boss, he took part in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.

Meanwhile, heavy rains that triggered flooding in the UAE and Bahrain, which left 18 people dead in Oman on Sunday and Monday, have paralyzed the financial hub of the Middle East, Dubai.

A lot of incoming flights were diverted from Dubai’s international airport because of the rain. At 7:26 p.m., the busiest airport in the world for foreign visitors stopped accepting new arrivals; a gradual resumption was announced for more than two hours later.

Images of planes navigating flooded tarmacs are making the rounds on social media.

According to pictures shared on social media, the flagship malls Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates both experienced heavy floods, while at least one Dubai Metro station had water up to the ankles.

There were several road collapses, severe flooding in residential areas, and numerous reports of leaks from windows, doors, and roofs.

Due to the unfavourable weather, schools around the United Arab Emirates were forced to close, and as more storms are predicted, the closures are anticipated to last until Wednesday. The government of Dubai allowed its staff to work remotely till this Wednesday.

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Dubai sky turns green during storm in UAE, video goes viral

The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain.

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1 person was killed in UAE as it witnessed heavy rainfall on Tuesday, stranding commuters, flooding roads, disrupting trains and flights and resulting in water leakage from mall ceilings. The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain. It is being said that the rainfall was the highest documented since the start of data collection in 1949.

The heavy rainfall in UAE came days after a similar situation in neighbouring Oman, where 13 people were killed in flash floods. Many parts of Oman saw torrential rains, which caused students to be trapped in buses and swept away motorists and trapped people in their homes.

Videos from Dubai circulating on social media showed widespread waterlogging on roads in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other important cities. This left daily commuters in cars and other vehicles struggling to get back home. Dubai metro station too was seen flooded and closed.

One such video circulating on social media shows the aerial view of the city of Dubai from the top of a building. In the video the stormy winds are seen blowing over the city of Dubai. As the storm intensifies the Dubai sky turns green and ultimately gets covered by heavy rainfall. The video has gone viral on social media with more than 1.1 million views.

Another video showed water leakage from the ceilings of shopping malls, flooding the floors and destroying goods. A video which was shot in the famous Mall of the Emirates, showed pieces of ceiling falling as the rainwater gushed inside. Videos from many outlets of the Deira City Centre mall chain showed escalators being rendered unusable. Majid Al Futtaim, the company which owns the Mall of Emirates, said that the shopping complexes have been kept open and the customers are being sent away from the flooded areas. 

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda says statements on reclaiming Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka have no ground

Devananda told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about Katchatheevu as elections are taking place in India.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda has said the statements from some political leaders in India on reclaiming Katchatheevu from the island nation have no ground. He told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about the strategic island as elections are taking place in India.

The Sri Lankan Minister said he thought India is acting on its interests to secure this place to ensure Sri Lankan fishermen would not have any access to that area and that Sri Lanka should not claim any rights in that resourceful area. According to the 1974 agreement, Devananda said Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can go fishing in the territorial waters of both countries until the pact was reviewed and amended in 1976.

The amended agreement resulted in fishermen from both countries being barred from fishing in neighboring waters. India’s ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday steered clear of the row surrounding Katchatheevu island. To a volley of questions on the Katchatheevu issue, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reffered to External affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments on the matter.

He said he would like to talk about the issue that has been raised. He added the External Affairs minister has spoken to the press here in Delhi and also in Gujarat and has clarified all the issues. He said everyone should look into the press engagements and they would find the answers to their questions there.

The remarks from Devananda, a Sri Lankan Tamil, came days after the Narendra Modi government accused the Congress and its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu of overlooking national interests by handing over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. The BJP has also been slamming the 2 parties for not ensuring the rights of the fishermen wanting to fish in waters around the island.

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