17 Civilians Killed In 3rd Attack On Yemen Market

 

Seventeen civilians were killed in an attack in a market in Yemen’s northern Saada governorate, the United Nations said, the third deadly assault on the same location in just over a month.

The attacks come despite relative calm in Yemen, where large-scale combat between government troops — backed by a Saudi-led military coalition — and the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels has largely subsided.

The UN said 12 Ethiopian migrants were among the 17 civilians killed in the incident on Tuesday at the Al-Raqw market in Saada governorate, a Huthi rebel stronghold.

At least 12 people were wounded, it said, without saying who was responsible or what weaponry was used.

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The Saudi-led coalition acknowledged on Thursday it had carried out an operation in Monabbih, a Saada district where the market is located.

The Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) — which the coalition established but says operates independently — will investigate “the possibility of collateral damage”, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said in a statement.

The coalition did not provide further details.

An attack on Al-Raqw market on November 22 killed 10 civilians, again including Ethiopian nationals, and just days later, at least another 10 civilians were killed and 22 wounded in a second such incident.

“The attacks on Al-Raqw market raise deeply troubling questions about the commitment of the parties to the conflict to uphold international humanitarian law,” Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said Wednesday.

“Every attack of this kind is a gross violation,” she said in a statement.

The UN says 89 civilians have either been killed or wounded in the attacks on the market.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed and millions displaced since March 2015, when the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s conflict.

Over 20 Parties Distance Selves From PDP – Led Coalition

 

At least 20 political parties have distanced themselves from the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the National Chairman of one of the parties, the Peoples Democratic Movement, Alhaji Bashir Yusuf, insisted that his party is not part of any coalition of opposition political parties.

Yusuf explained that the PDM has never attended any meeting in which such a coalition was discussed.

Also, the Action Democratic Party and Young Progressive Party, among others, distanced themselves from the coalition.

The PDP on Monday announced that it had formed a coalition with 38 other political parties in the country.

The parties made the announcement when they met at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, that they would operate under the Coalition of United Political Party (CUPP).

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The announcement followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the leaders of the parties, in their bid to present a common presidential candidate to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general election.

Part of the agreement of the MoU was to mobilise support for consensus candidates at the centre, states, and the Legislative arm of government.

Leaders of political parties who attended the meeting include that of Former President Olusegun Obasanjo-backed African Democratic Congress (ADC), Social Democratic Party of Nigeria (SDP), National Conscience Party (NCP), Labour Party, and a host of other registered parties.

PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus, Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Former Senate President David Mark, and R-APC Chairman Buba Galadima, were present at the meeting.

Some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who broke out of the ruling party to form the Reformed APC, including the lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye, were also present.

Coalition Movement Open To All Nigerians Above 18 Years – Edogiawerie

Omoruyi Edogiawerie

A member of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement Steering Committee, Mr Omoruyi Edogiawerie, on Tuesday said that the association’s membership is open to all Nigerians above the age of 18.

He says the movement which was proposed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, will indeed salvage the nation from the numerous woes that have bewildered Africa’s most populous country.

 

“What resonates between you and I, is the fact that we want a better nation. Our nation needs to be shored up by we the people,” Edogiawerie said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Last week, the former President in a special statement to President Buhari, scored the Federal Government low in dealing with issues of killings in parts of the nation, poor handling of the economy, unemployment among several others.

He also advised the President not to take the patience of Nigerians for granted by seeking a second term in office but should rather, in a dignified way dismount from the horse (seat of power) and join the league of the country’s former leaders.

Subsequently, as a way forward, he proposed the Coalition for Nigeria movement which he believes will be a disruption from the norm.

While maintaining his position on practicing non-partisan politics, he encouraged well-meaning Nigerians with a desire to see genuine change to embrace the new movement, rather than put their hopes in political parties that eventually fail to deliver on promises.

The coalition eventually sprang forth at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, attracting former governors like Donald Duke of Cross River and Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun state.

 

While the former president insisted that the CN may not necessarily metamophorse into a political party, many observers believe that the reverse is the case and the movement will eventually seek to wrest power from the current government in 2019.

 

Israel Prepares For Election

israelVoters in Israel are preparing to go to the polls in what is expected to be a tightly-fought election, to elect a leader.

Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, faces a challenge from a Centre-left Alliance that has promised to restore ties with the Palestinians and the international community.

Candidates from both parties spent Monday making one last appeal to voters. Neither side is expected to get more than a quarter of the votes.

While results could be declared soon after the close of polls, a definitive conclusion appears likely to take some time.

A lengthy period of negotiations over the formation of the next coalition government could follow.

No party has ever won an outright majority in Israel’s election, meaning it has always been governed by a coalition.

Much of the focus of the campaign has been on international issues, from Israel’s relationship with the United States to concerns over Iran’s nuclear programme.

But many of the candidates have concentrated on socio-economic problems in Israel, including the high cost of living and slow economic growth.

The future of the city of Jerusalem has been a central election issue.

Mr Netanyahu has consistently accused his centre-left challengers of being willing to relinquish Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its indivisible capital in peace talks with the Palestinians.

Palestinians seek East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war – as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

But Zionist Union party co-leader, Yitzhak Herzog, has accused Mr Netanyahu of “panicking”.

Visiting the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, on Sunday, he pledged to “safeguard Jerusalem and its residents in actions, not just words, more than any other leader”.