Yemen government agrees to U.N. Hodeidah plan, Houthis sceptical

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government said on Saturday it agreed to a two-point plan advanced by the United Nations to ease suffering in the country’s civil war, but the Iran-aligned Houthi movement remained sceptical.

On Thursday the U.N. Security Council urged the warring parties to agree on a U.N.-brokered plan to keep the Houthi-held port of Hodeidah out of the fighting and to resume government salary payments.

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Source: https://uk.reuters.com/

UK ports address terror threat

In the wake of the recent terror attacks which have taken place in the UK, British ports need to remain vigilant.

Currently, the threat risk to UK ports is to remain at its lowest possible level, despite the fact that the UK national security level is set to critical.

Dave Galt, chief officer at Port of Liverpool Police, told Port Strategy: “At this moment there is no specific intelligence of a threat against maritime security and the ISPS security level remains at level 1, however there will be some impact on our lives through an increased security presence focused on public spaces.”

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Customs C-G promises adequate cargo scanners at ports

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali, retired has assured stakeholders of adequate scanners at the ports as part of Federal Government’s effort to ensure conducive business environment.

Ali gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lagos at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on the implementation of the Executive Orders issued by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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Source: http://www.vanguardngr.com/

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Saudi Ports Authority Urges Operators to Deny Entry for Qatari Ships

Saudi Arabia’s Ports Authority has demanded from ports’ operator companies to implement the directive to deny entry for ships flying the flag of Qatar to Saudi ports, the Ports Authority said Monday.

“All shipping agents must comply with the order to deny entry for ships under the flag of Qatar or vessels belonging to Qatari citizens and companies,” the Ports Authority said in a statement.

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Source: https://sputniknews.com/

As Yemen faces famine, U.N. works to avert attack on food port

By Michelle Nichols

A quarter of Yemen’s people are on the brink of famine, parents are marrying off young daughters so someone else can care for them and cholera cases are escalating, U.N. officials warned on Tuesday as they work to avert a Saudi-led attack on a key port.

The United Nations has warned the Arab alliance fighting Iran-aligned Houthis against any attempt to extend the war to Hodeidah, a vital Red Sea aid delivery point where some 80 percent of Yemen’s food imports arrive.

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Alarm grows in Washington as Saudi coalition attack on Yemen port appears imminent

By Max Bearak

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers urged Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday to reconsider his support for a seemingly imminent assault by a Saudi-led coalition on the crucial Yemeni port city of Hodeida.

“In the face of Yemen’s senseless humanitarian tragedy, where 19 million people need emergency support, we are committed to using our Constitutional authority to assert greater oversight over U.S. involvement in the conflict and promote greater public debate regarding U.S. military participation in Yemen’s civil war, which has never been authorized by Congress,” the legislators said in a letter.

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Coalition drops leaflets on Hodeida promising liberation

Yemen government appeals to residents to join forces ahead of looming offensive

Saeed Al Batati

Al Mukalla: The Saudi-led coalition and the internationally-recognised government of Yemen have collectively appealed to residents of the western Hodeida city to support government forces as the countdown has begun for a long-awaited offensive to push Al Houthi militia from the important Red Sea city.

Residents said on Wednesday fighter jets from the coalition dropped thousands of leaflets alerting them about the impending offensive and urging them to join government forces when they arrive in the city.

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Yemen police foil suicide attack on Aden checkpoint

ADEN // Yemeni authorities released footage on Sunday of the killing of a would-be suicide bomber moments before he detonated his explosives at a checkpoint in the southern city of Aden.

In the video posted online, Aden’s anti-terrorism squad documented its surveillance of the assailant as he approached his target on Saturday in the Tawahi district of the port city.

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Source: http://www.thenational.ae/

P&O Ports to develop in Puntland

Dubai government-owned P&O Ports said yesterday that it has signed a deal to develop the port at Bosaso, which is located in the Gulf of Aden on Somalia’s northern border in the semi-auto­nomous state of Puntland.

The deal follows months of shuttle diplomacy by Puntland president Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, who has been lobbying potential international partners to agree several infrastructure projects in the state, including the port.

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Source: http://www.thenational.ae/

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Russian Foreign Ministry investigates Russian sailors arrested in Libya’s capital

Russia’s Embassy in Libya, which is temporarily based in Tunisia, initiated investigation for the circumstances for the detaining of the cargo ship Merle in Libyan territorial waters off Tripoli.

The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation expressed the hope that the relevant companies will draw appropriate conclusions and will resolve the problem with the several Russian sailors.

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Source: http://www.libyanexpress.com/

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