UK sanctions allies of Syrian President Assad, including foreign minister

Yemen national army cuts off Houthi supply route, gain more ground

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LONDON: Britain on Monday announced sanctions on six allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including his foreign minister and close advisers.

The Syrian civil war is 10 years old: In mid-March, 2011, peaceful pro-democracy protests developed into a multi-sided conflict that sucked in world powers, killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions more.

“The Assad regime has subjected the Syrian people to a decade of brutality for the temerity of demanding peaceful reform,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.

“We are holding six more individuals from the regime to account for their wholesale assault on the very citizens they should be protecting,” Raab said.

Those sanctioned include Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad, Assad adviser Luna al-Shibl, financier Yassar Ibrahim, businessman Muhammad Bara’ Al-Qatirji, Republican Guard commander Malik Aliaa and Army Major Zaid Salah.

The Yemeni army on Monday were able to cut off Houthi supply routes northwest of the capital Sanaa, Al Arabiya reported.

Saudi-led coalition warplanes supported the army by targeting a warehouse of weapons in Hajjah.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army gained more ground in Hajjah, pushing the Houthi militia back.

The media center of the Yemeni Armed Forces announced on Sunday the destruction of a Houthi armored vehicle that killed five Houthi fighters in Hajjah.

The army said they had liberated a number of sites that were under the control of the militia in Hajjah, while battles continue.

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