UAE jets pound Houthi strongholds in Yemen

The jets returned safely to their bases. (Wam)

UAE jet-fighters continued launching  air strikes against a number of strongholds of Houthis in line with Operation Decisive Storm being implemented by the Arab Coalition to protect the people of Yemen  and their legitimate government from the coup plotters and the Houthi armed group.

The airstrikes targeted weapons and radar depots as well as missile launchers of the air defence system Sam 2, 3 and 6.

In the north of Hodeidah, the jets targeted the Katyusha rockets depots in Aden.

The UAE fighters also bombed mountain tunnels meant for storing arms and ammunitions.

During the mission, the jetfighters conducted air refuelling from Airbus planes of the Air Force and Air Defence, allocated for this purpose.

The jets returned safely to their bases.

Since March 26, the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been bombarding a number of Houthi military sites in response to a call by the President of Yemen, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to intervene militarily to protect the people of Yemen and their legitimate government.

FNC supports UAE joining Operation Decisive Storm alliance

The Federal National Council (FNC) has voiced full support for UAE's stand on participating in Operation Decisive Storm alliance to restore stability and security in Yemen and to support the legitimate and internationally recognised government there.

In his opening speech at the 13th session of the 15th legislative chapter, held on Tuesday, FNC Speaker Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, said, the UAE's joining in Operation Decisive Storm emanated from its historic commitment and role in support of the brotherly Yemen.

"UAE hopes that Yemen and its people will emerge stronger from this plight and that all Yemeni parties will focus their efforts on development and stability," he added.

FNC members discussed six articles of a draft law on antiquities with Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of Federal National Council of Affairs.

The Council stressed the importance of the law in regulating antiquities' preservation,  registration and identification, as well as defining modes of excavation, restoration and strict prohibition against their export.

The Council also lauded the UAE ranking as the world's largest donor of official development aid relative to its GDP during 2014 for the second year in a row.

Housing grant

During the session, two letters to the government were read out, concerning FNC's recommendations on increasing the minimum housing grant from Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme from Dh500,000 to Dh800,000. The other recommendation was setting up a higher committee for Hajj affairs under the chairmanship of a cabinet minister.

The Council reviewed a letter by Dr. Gargash comprising remarks by the Cabinet's General Secretariat on the draft federal law amending some articles of the Federal Law Number 24 for 1999 on environment protection and development.

A question was asked to Dr. Gargash on the viability of a step taken by Etisalat to renew its sponsorship contract for Barcelona Football Club for three more years for a total amount of Dh10 million.

In a written response, Etisalat CEO Abdulkarim Julfar said the sponsorship was aimed at attracting a larger customer base in its markets, benefiting from the club's worldwide popularity.


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