Mauritania condemns missile attack on Saudi airport

Evrard Martin
Novembre 8, 2017

Iran's U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo also wrote to the Security Council and Guterres on Tuesday, rejecting the accusations by Saudi Arabia as "baseless and unfounded".

Such crackdowns have proven a reliable tool for governments from Brazil to Russia seeking to remove rivals and build legitimacy.

Since Sunday, the Central Bank has been expanding the list of accounts it is requiring lenders to freeze on an almost hourly basis, one regional banker said, declining to be named because he was not authorized to speak to media.

"The Saudis placed them under house arrest, and when Hadi asks to travel they tell him that his return is unsafe and that there are conspirators who want to kill him, and that the Saudis are afraid for his life", one of the sources said.

Oil steadied on Wednesday as Chinese crude imports fell to a one-year low, but losses were offset by investor caution over rising political tensions in the Middle East.

"The Saudis have one of the most expensive militaries in the world".

Another example is Qatar, one of six Gulf monarchies that have traditionally worked together. The government is allied with the coalition.

Still, the similarities abound.

European Union ambassadors issued a statement reiterating their support for Lebanon and urging all sides to "pursue constructive dialogue to build on" the government's work of the past year and prepare for next year's parliamentary elections. He responds to requests in 24 to 48 hours. And can the Crown Prince really stamp his authority on it?

The military coalition, which has been at war with Yemen's Houthi rebels for more than two years, has tightened an air, land and sea blockade in response to the missile, which was intercepted near Riyadh but marked the rebels' deepest strike yet into Saudi territory.

The ever-looming threat of prosecution has provided Xi a cudgel to push through policies. The Houthis control northern Yemen while the internationally recognized government's grip over the southern region has been weakened. He emerged from a twice-a-decade leadership reshuffle last month more powerful than any Chinese leader in decades.

The Saudis say Qatar supports radicals and is too cozy with Iran. Iran denied the allegation.

The Iran-backed Huthi rebels also threatened to attack ports and airports in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, escalating a crisis between Riyadh and Tehran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday dismissed the accusations of Iran's direct aggression made by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as "false and dangerous".

"What he is trying to do is to eliminate royal detractors and critics to consolidate power within his family", Ismail said.

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