Sat, 15 May 2021

SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi militia said they fired an explosive-laden drone on Saturday toward King Khalid Air Base in the Saudi southwestern city of Khamis Mushait.

"The hit was accurate," Houthi military spokesman Yehya Sarea said in a statement reported by the rebel group's al-Masirah TV.

Saudi Arabia has made no comment on the alleged attack.

Cross-border missile and drone attacks by the Iran-backed Houthis have escalated since February when the group began a major offensive against the Saudi-backed Yemeni government army to capture the oil-rich province of Marib in central Yemen. (Yemen-Houthis-Conflicts)

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RAMALLAH -- The Israeli police on Saturday arrested three Palestinian electoral candidates attempting to hold a news briefing in East Jerusalem, Palestinian sources said.

Two of the candidates are on the list of the Fatah party led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and the third is on the list of the Palestinian Democratic Union, according to the sources.

The three candidates planned to hold a news conference to call on the international community to pressure Israel to allow the elections to be held in East Jerusalem which was occupied by Israel in 1967, the sources said. (Palestine-Israel-Elections)

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BAGHDAD -- The militants of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group on Saturday detonated two bombs near two oil wells in Iraq's Kirkuk Province, a security source said.

The attacks took place at dawn in Bai Hassan oil field in the al-Dibis area northwest of the namesake provincial capital Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Iraq's capital Baghdad, causing minor casualties in the oil wells, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

The Iraq North Oil Company confirmed in a brief statement that the attacks did not cause fires or stop oil production and pumping from the two wells. (Iraq-IS-Attacks)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his country's "all-out support" for the peace process in Afghanistan, official IRNA news agency reported Saturday.

Zarif made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Hanif Atmar.

The Iranian foreign minister highlighted Afghanistan's democratic achievements over the past two decades, announcing Tehran's "all-out support for the Afghan peace process." (Iran-Afghanistan-Ties)

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