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Friday, December 08, 2017

Israel expands ties

JERUSALEM - Israel is expanding ties throughout the Middle East but not with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, accusing his country's arch-foe of trying to dominate the region.

Addressing a Jerusalem diplomatic conference, Mr Netanyahu said Israel had relations "with nearly every single one" of nations that do not formally recognise it, due to their growing need for its economic and security expertise.

Houthis take cover

ADEN/DUBAI - A Saudi-led coalition stepped up air strikes on Yemen's Houthis on Wednesday as the Iran-allied armed movement tightened its grip on Sanaa a day after the son of slain former president Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed revenge for his father's death.

Former president Saleh plunged the country deeper into turmoil last week by switching allegiances after years helping the Houthis win control of much of the country's north including the capital. He was killed in an attack on his convoy on Monday.

Air strikes kill 21

BEIRUT - Russian air strikes killed 21 people in a village on the eastern side of the Euphrates River in east Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

The strikes in Deir al-Zor province were to support the Kurdish-led U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting Islamic State, which had attempted to launch an attack on the town earlier this week, the war monitor said.

Russia has been carrying out air strikes in the province mainly in support of the Syrian army which, alongside allied Shi'ite militias, has been waging its own assault against Islamic State on the western side of the Euphrates.








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