UN accuses Al Houthis of derailing aid efforts in Yemen

United Nations: UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator, Jaime McGoldrick, has accused Al Houthi insurgents and troops loyal to deposed president Ali Saleh of derailing relief work in Yemen in the areas they are still controlling, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA.

According to the agency, McGoldrick said that, for months, humanitarian agencies have had to put up with delays on the part of Al Houthi rebels in facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid workers into Yemen, leading to serious hurdles in the delivery of assistance and the hijacking of aid vehicles.

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Barcelona attack: Man shot dead in hunt for suspect

Police hunting the chief suspect in last Thursday’s Barcelona van attack have shot dead a man to the west of the city who appeared to be wearing an explosive belt, Spanish media say.

The shooting is said to have happened on a road in the Subirats area.

Earlier, police confirmed they were hunting for Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, suspected of driving a van into dozens of people on Las Ramblas.

Some Spanish media are reporting Abouyaaqoub is the man killed.

But Spanish police have yet to officially confirm this.

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US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore

Ten US Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after a US destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, the Navy says.

The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain was sailing east of Singapore and preparing to stop in the port when the collision with the Liberian-flagged vessel occurred.

A wide-ranging search and rescue operation is under way.

It is the second collision involving a US Navy ship in recent months.

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Saudi Arabia installing cranes at Yemen ports to boost aid delivery

Saudi Arabia has stated it is installing four cranes at three ports in Yemen to help boost humanitarian aid deliveries and are ready to assist with installing cranes at the key port of Hodeidah once it was under control of a neutral party.

The Saudi mission to the United Nations said in a statement that the cranes were being installed at the ports of Aden, Mukalla and Al-Mokha – which are all under the control of a Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen.

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Spanish police kill suspects in second attack after 13 die in Barcelona

Spanish police say they have killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, after an earlier one in Barcelona.

The men, wearing explosive belts, were linked to the first attack, police say.

Thirteen people died and dozens were hurt when a van hit crowds on Las Ramblas, Barcelona on Thursday. The driver fled and is still at large.

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Barcelona crash: Several injured as van ploughs into crowd

Several people have been injured after a van crashed on a pavement in a popular tourist area of Barcelona, authorities have said.

The vehicle hit pedestrians in Las Ramblas, a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city, the Ministry of the Interior said.

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Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in busiest day

Spain’s coastguard says it has rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24-hour period amid a spike in the number of migrant arrivals.

The rescued migrants were in 15 vessels including toy paddleboats and a jet ski and included 35 children and a baby.

The UN says more than 9,000 people have arrived in Spain so far this year – three times as many as the previous year.

More than 120 people are believed to have drowned attempting the crossing.

The increase in crossings means Spain could overtake Greece this year in terms of the number of migrants arriving by sea, the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) said earlier this month.

Most are sailing across the 12km (seven-mile) Strait of Gibraltar and many are choosing cheap, child-sized paddle boats without motors that allow them to bypass people-smuggling networks and their fees.

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Somali refugee arrested over pirate attack on Italian oil tanker in 2011

Italian police have arrested a 24-year-old Somali asylum seeker on charges of being one of a gang of jihadist pirates who seized an Italian oil tanker in the Persian Gulf in 2011.

The tanker and its crew were held hostage for 10 months until a reported $11 million ransom was paid.

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Houthis Threaten International Navigation in the Red Sea Twice in 10 Days

For the second time in ten days, international maritime navigation in the Red Sea came under direct threat from Yemen’s Houthi militias.

Official reports stated that the militias launched a ballistic missile towards south of Red Sea near al-Mandeb Strait through which a third of the world’s oil carriers pass.

Sources said the missile most likely fell in international waters in the Red Sea.

The missile, launched from Hajjah governorate, is the second threat to the navigation in the Red Sea following the attack on al-Mokha port with a bomb-laden boat.

Full Story Here: Asharq Al-Awsat

Yemen migrants killed in ‘second deliberate drowning’

At least 19 migrants have died after being deliberately drowned close to Shabwa, Yemen. Many of the drowned were thought to be teenagers originating from Somalia and Ethiopia. Hundreds of migrants were forced from a boat off the coast of Yemen for the second time in two days. A spokeswoman for the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) said the incidents “may be the start of a new trend”.”Smugglers know the situation is dangerous for them and they could be shot at, so they drop them near the shore.”

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