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The world is about to get a whole lot more crowded, according to a new report by the United Nations, with the planet’s population expected to climb to nearly 10 billion by the middle of this century. The UN’s World Population Prospects 2019, published on Tuesday, estimated that the next three decades will see today’s figure of 7.7 billion […]

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The world is about to get a whole lot more crowded, according to a new report by the United Nations, with the planet’s population expected to climb to nearly 10 billion by the middle of this century.

The UN’s World Population Prospects 2019, published on Tuesday, estimated that the next three decades will see today’s figure of 7.7 billion people rise to 9.7 billion by 2050 despite a continued slowdown in the global birth rate.

More than half of the increase will be concentrated in just nine countries India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt, and the United States while the population of sub-Saharan Africa is projected to nearly double Aljazeera said.

“Many of the fastest-growing populations are in the poorest countries, where population growth brings additional challenges in the effort to eradicate poverty, achieve greater equality, combat hunger and malnutrition and strengthen the coverage and quality of health and education systems to ensure that no one is left behind,” said Liu Zhenmin, the UN’s undersecretary-general for economic and social affairs.

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The study concluded that the world’s population could reach a peak of nearly 11 billion around the end of the current century.

Amid the boom projected to take place in some parts of the world, the planet’s most populous country, China, is expected to see its population drop by more than two percent by 2050.

Such a decline would see India overtake it in the top spot by 2027, according to the UN report.

All told, 27 countries or territories have experienced a reduction of at least one percent in the size of their populations since 2010 due to falling birth rates, which declined from 3.2 births a woman in 1990 to 2.5 in 2019, and is expected to fall further to 2.2 in 2050.

The problem is particularly pressing in parts of Europe, according to the UN report, with deaths now already outpacing births in Belarus, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, as well as Japan.

The UN says a minimum of 2.1 births a woman is needed to ensure the replacement of generations and avoid long-term population decline in the absence of migration.

The report also projected people would survive longer in the future, with global average life expectancy expected to reach 77.1 years in 2050 against 72.6 years currently. In 1990, the average life expectancy worldwide was 64.2 years.

The UN, however, warned those in poorer countries – where life expectancy lags about seven years below the international average – would continue to live shorter lives compared with more affluent people.

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Nigerian tech innovator bags Most Promising Youth in Africa Award https://tribuneonlineng.com/219344/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:49:57 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=219344 Tribune Online
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One of the youngest tech innovators and entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Dr. Sowemimo Abiodun, 32, has bagged the Most Promising Youth Award at the recently held Arab and Youth Platform christened “World Youth Forum” in Aswan, Egypt. The award was bestowed by the Egyptian President and Chairperson of African Union, Abdel Fattah El-SiSi for Sowemimo’s laudable […]

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One of the youngest tech innovators and entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Dr. Sowemimo Abiodun, 32, has bagged the Most Promising Youth Award at the recently held Arab and Youth Platform christened “World Youth Forum” in Aswan, Egypt.

The award was bestowed by the Egyptian President and Chairperson of African Union, Abdel Fattah El-SiSi for Sowemimo’s laudable work and innovation in technology and entrepreneurship as well as his commitment to social work and youth development.

He is the Chairman/CEO InfoMetriQ Network, Jazaza Commerce, Vice Chairman Vapour Paint Plc, Founding Partner Infocus.

As an authority in Computer programming, Information Technology Management, Data Entry Processing, and Internet, Sowemimo invented the Internet Identity Number (IIN), a web application innovation for curbing online identity theft.

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He was conferred with an honorary Doctorate Degree (Dr.) in Information Technology Management, from the Prestigious ICON University of Management Science & Technology Republic of Benin in January 2O19.
Over the past years, he has led a company involved in the web design and development of public and private application design projects in many communities. In addition, he has formed and led companies in the development, building, auction and sales of premium web domains.

On the 17th of February 2018, he launched a book titled (The Future of Money) with Unachukwu Emeka. Sowemimo Abiodun has served as the Chief Executive Officer of PagePedia Global Data System of Information from January 2016 till July 2017.

And as the current President of Africa Emerging Generation of Innovators and ECOWAS Youth Council Anti-Corruption Ambassador, he represents over 200 million youths in 15 West Africa countries at all level of governance, conferences & inline with fighting corruption.

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Egypt’s former president, Mohammed Morsi, dies in court https://tribuneonlineng.com/219276/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 17:58:54 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=219276 Tribune Online
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Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the military in 2013, has died after fainting in a courtroom, state TV says. A former top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi was in court for a hearing on charges of espionage. He was 67 BBC reported. Morsi was ousted by the […]

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Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the military in 2013, has died after fainting in a courtroom, state TV says.

A former top figure in the now-banned Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi was in court for a hearing on charges of espionage. He was 67 BBC reported.

Morsi was ousted by the army in July 2013 following mass protests a year after he took office as the country’s first democratically elected leader.

He had remained in custody since then.

After his removal from power, Egyptian authorities launched a crackdown on his supporters and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The hearing in the capital, Cairo, was related to charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, according to state television.

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Morsi’s youngest son Abdullah has complained repeatedly about his father’s treatment.

He told AP news agency in October last year that his father was being held under constant solitary confinement and denied medical treatment for serious conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Five months earlier, Abdullah had warned in a Washington Post op-ed that the Egyptian authorities were “doing this on purpose since they want to see him dead ‘from natural causes’ as soon as possible”.

Morsi was born in the village of El-Adwah in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya in 1951. He studied Engineering at Cairo University in the 1970s before moving to the US to complete a PhD.

He was chosen as the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate for the 2012 election after the movement’s preferred choice was forced to pull out.

Critics complained that, as Egypt’s president, he had failed to deliver during his turbulent year in office, accusing him of allowing Islamists to monopolise the political scene and mishandling the economy.

Public opposition to his government grew and millions of anti-government protesters took to the streets across Egypt to mark the first anniversary of the day he took office, on 30 June 2013.

On the evening of 3 July, the army suspended the constitution and announced the formation of a technocratic interim government ahead of new presidential elections. Morsi, who denounced the announcement as a coup, was taken into custody by the army.

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Meridian launches new council of cultural diplomacy leaders https://tribuneonlineng.com/219219/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:31:01 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=219219 Tribune Online
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The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy has launched the Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council, a platform and network for leaders and institutions to strengthen the role of arts and culture in diplomacy around the world. The formation of the Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council, according to the Washington D. C.-based public diplomacy and global leadership institution, is to build on […]

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The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy has launched the Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council, a platform and network for leaders and institutions to strengthen the role of arts and culture in diplomacy around the world.

The formation of the Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council, according to the Washington D. C.-based public diplomacy and global leadership institution, is to build on Meridian’s 60-year legacy of advancing the arts and culture as tools of diplomacy to bridge divides and connect communities around the world.

“Culture is a universal language that articulates a country’s unique heritage and artistic expression.

“Cultural diplomacy builds bridges in a unique and powerful way, and I am pleased that Meridian is strengthening US cultural diplomacy abroad while serving as a window to the world for Americans through the development of the new Meridian Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council,” Meridian CEO Ambassador Stuart Holliday said.

The organisation, in a release said, “Although Meridian Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council members represent diverse fields, they are united with Meridian in a shared belief that culture has the transformative power to bridge divides, promote mutual understanding and shift misperceptions.”

According to the organisation, the Council will continue to expand in the months and years to come as a force multiplier to harness and amplify the impact of arts and culture in diplomacy and to reach new audiences around the world by:
“Catalyzing partnerships across borders and disciplines, including music, dance, design, film, theater, food and sports; expanding global networks and promoting connectivity with the diplomatic community; and building international capacity for cultural leaders and institutions through the exchange of ideas, best practices and resources.”

“The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy partners with the U.S. government, private sector, and the diplomatic community on cultural diplomacy programs such as photo and visual art exhibitions, performances, film screenings and exchanges.

“During a time of rising global tensions, these programs are important to bring cultures together through shared interests, create enduring connections and dispel common misperceptions,” the organisation said.

Meridian International Center is a public diplomacy and global leadership institution that strengthens U.S. engagement with the world through the exchange of leaders, culture and ideas.

Founded nearly 60 years ago as a non-partisan, non-profit organization, Meridian works with governments, the private sector and the diplomatic community to develop exchange, training, culture and convening programs to help leaders better address the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly globalized society.

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76 dead, villages evacuated amid record heat in India https://tribuneonlineng.com/219207/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:53:03 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=219207 Tribune Online
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India’s hot season has been particularly harsh this year, with temperatures rising above 50 degrees Celsius in the western state of Rajasthan. In Bihar, severe heat during the weekend killed at least 76 people, according to Aljazeera. Most deaths occurred in three districts of Bihar Aurangabad, Gaya, and Nawada where temperatures hovered around 45 degrees […]

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India’s hot season has been particularly harsh this year, with temperatures rising above 50 degrees Celsius in the western state of Rajasthan. In Bihar, severe heat during the weekend killed at least 76 people, according to Aljazeera.

Most deaths occurred in three districts of Bihar Aurangabad, Gaya, and Nawada where temperatures hovered around 45 degrees Celsius as India entered the third week of searing heat.

On Sunday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a compensation of 400,000 rupees ($5,700) for the family of each heatwave victim, while federal Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked people to not leave their homes until temperatures fell.

“Intense heat affects the brain and leads to various health issues,” he said.

A heatwave in 2015 left more than 3,500 dead in India and Pakistan.

In 2017, researchers said South Asia, home to one-fifth of the world’s population, could see heat levels rise to unsurvivable levels by the end of the century if no action is taken on global warming.

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Almost half of India an area home to more than 500 million people is facing drought-like conditions while a blistering heatwave has killed dozens of people in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar.

As the country suffers its lowest rainfall ahead of a monsoon season in more than six decades, the western state of Maharashtra witnesses its worst drought in 47 years, forcing many to leave their lands and take shelter in relief camps, as they wait for monsoon rains.

Falling groundwater levels and poor irrigation techniques mean farmers are overly reliant on India’s June-to-September southwest monsoon, which provides the country with most of its annual rainfall.

Three of the last five monsoons have been deficient and, while the Indian Meteorological Department is predicting a normal monsoon this year, it is already nearly two weeks late and that worries the farmers.

Experts blame the severe drought on the lack of rain, along with rising demand for water, mismanaged resources, and climate change.

Environmentalist Vandana Shiva, who has been warning about India’s water crisis for decades, says bad policy decisions are to blame.

“The water famine we are facing is a result of over 30 to 40 years of ill advice by financial institutions, and that ill advice, on the one hand, mined the groundwater, diverted river waters, destroyed the soil moisture, but is also the single biggest reason for climate change,” she told Al Jazeera.

On Saturday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on the water crisis and promised to pipe drinking water to every household by 2024.

But for those who don’t know how they will survive if the monsoon rains don’t come, that’s a very long way off.

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Eight dead as migrant boat sinks in Turkey https://tribuneonlineng.com/219184/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:10:30 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=219184 Tribune Online
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Eight people were killed on Monday after a dinghy carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s western coast, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, adding that 31 others had been rescued. Search and rescue operations were launched by the coast guard to reach the passengers of the boat, which sunk off the coast of the Bodrum district […]

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Eight people were killed on Monday after a dinghy carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s western coast, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, adding that 31 others had been rescued.

Search and rescue operations were launched by the coast guard to reach the passengers of the boat, which sunk off the coast of the Bodrum district in the Mugla province, Anadolu said.

ALSO READ: Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hits Indonesia 

It said the operations, carried out with two boats, a diving team and a helicopter from the coast guard, had found the bodies of eight people from the boat, which was carrying 40 migrants in total Reuters said.

In an earlier statement, the coast guard had said efforts were underway to reach nine missing migrants from the dinghy.

Turkey became one of the main launch points for migrants taking the sea route to European Union territory in 2015, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. The movement was drastically curtailed by a 2016 accord between Ankara and the EU.

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Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hits Indonesia https://tribuneonlineng.com/219158/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:30:14 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=219158 Tribune Online
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An earthquake of 6.2 magnitudes struck in eastern Indonesia on Monday, the European monitoring agency said, but there was no immediate report of any casualties or damage. ALSO READ: Guatemala election headed for runoff, former first lady leads The epicenter was 133 km (83 miles) northwest of the city of Kupang on Timor island, the European-Mediterranean […]

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An earthquake of 6.2 magnitudes struck in eastern Indonesia on Monday, the European monitoring agency said, but there was no immediate report of any casualties or damage.

ALSO READ: Guatemala election headed for runoff, former first lady leads

The epicenter was 133 km (83 miles) northwest of the city of Kupang on Timor island, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said. REUTERS

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19-year-old Eniola Aluko shot dead in London https://tribuneonlineng.com/219070/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:09:50 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=219070 Tribune Online
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A man shot dead in a south-east London car park on Friday, has been identified to be Eniola Aluko. Eniola Aluko was shot in Plumstead The Telegraph in its report said Mr Aluko, from Thamesmead, died of a gunshot wound to the neck and chest, according to a port-mortem examination held on Saturday. Three teenage boys and […]

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A man shot dead in a south-east London car park on Friday, has been identified to be Eniola Aluko.

Eniola Aluko was shot in Plumstead
Eniola Aluko was shot in Plumstead

The Telegraph in its report said Mr Aluko, from Thamesmead, died of a gunshot wound to the neck and chest, according to a port-mortem examination held on Saturday.

Three teenage boys and a 17-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of murder and subsequently bailed until early July.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on Saturday and remains in police custody.

Mr Aluko was shot in Plumstead, southeast London, on Friday afternoon just minutes after another teenager was stabbed 15 miles (24km) away in Wandsworth.

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Two teenagers – a 17-year-old boy from Merton, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and Mohammed Nadir Dafallah, 18, from Wandsworth – were charged after a man was stabbed in Deeside Road on Friday afternoon.

They will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The victim has not yet been named by police.

Officers were called to Tooting at 4.42pm on Friday and found the 18-year-old in a critical condition. He died at the scene shortly afterwards.

Four other people, aged between 16 and 19, who were arrested after the murder have been released under investigation.

Police are continuing their inquiries.

Donald Trump branded London mayor Sadiq Khan a “disaster” and a “national disgrace” following two fatal stabbings and a shooting in London in the space of 24 hours.

Mr Trump tweeted on Saturday evening: “LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse!”

Mr Trump’s latest swipe at Mr Khan came hours after a man was found stabbed to death in Tower Hamlets, east London.

The victim, aged in his 30s, was found injured on Alton Street just before 2pm.

The stabbing followed the arrests of 10 people after two teenagers were killed in a stabbing and shooting which happened 12 minutes apart in different parts of London on Friday.

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Israel PM’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, convicted of misusing public funds https://tribuneonlineng.com/219021/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 15:23:08 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=219021 Tribune Online
Israel PM’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, convicted of misusing public funds

The wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was convicted by an Israeli court on Sunday of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges. While the ruling cut short a high-profile trial, the Netanyahu family’s legal woes are far from over: the veteran premier himself faces possible indictment […]

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The wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was convicted by an Israeli court on Sunday of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges.

While the ruling cut short a high-profile trial, the Netanyahu family’s legal woes are far from over: the veteran premier himself faces possible indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in the coming months.

In a deal approved by judge Avital Chen at Jerusalem magistrates’ court, Sara Netanyahu was found guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person.

She was also fined 10,000 shekels (£2,200) and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels (£9,925) .

“The deal reached between the sides is worthy and appropriately reflects the deeds and their severity on the criminal level,” Judge Chen said in his ruling.

The 60-year-old, a high-profile presence at her husband’s side throughout his long tenure in office, was initially charged in June 2018 with fraud and breach of trust for buying catered meals despite the presence of a cook at the PM’s official residence.

The amended indictment, approved on Sunday, dropped the graft charges.

In a small room at the Jerusalem magistrates’ court, packed with journalists, Mrs Netanyahu told the judge she was aware of the charges. Her lawyer and a prosecutor then requested that the court accept the deal.

“As in every plea bargain, each side makes concessions, sometimes hard concessions,” prosecutor Erez Padan said. “It is right and proper for the public interest to bring this case to an end.”

Mrs Netanyahu’s attorney, Yossi Cohen, told the court his client had already been heavily punished by the media.

The original charges accused her of paying $100,000 (£80,000) for hundreds of meals from a variety of well-known Jerusalem businesses while falsely declaring there were no cooks available at the residence.

The caterers included an Italian restaurant, a Middle Eastern grill joint and a Sushi house.

Sara Netanyahu is also being sued by a former cleaner who claims the premier’s wife mistreated her.

In 2016 a court awarded some $47,000 (£37,300) in damages to a former housekeeper who accused her of repeated workplace abuse in a similar case.

Separately, Benjamin Netanyahu is facing possible indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in the months ahead. He is reportedly seeking legislation that would result in him being granted immunity.

However, he was unable to form a coalition following an April general election, and Israel is now gearing up for fresh elections in September.

In a Facebook post late on Saturday Mr Netanyahu declared his wife a “real heroine” who was “a punching bag for the media.”

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Yemeni rebel missile attack on Saudi airport injures 26 https://tribuneonlineng.com/218051/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 12:02:55 +0000 https://tribuneonlineng.com/?p=218051 Tribune Online
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At least 26 civilians have been injured in a missile attack by Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement on an airport in south-western Saudi Arabia, state media say. Three women and two children were among those hurt when the missile struck Abha airport early on Wednesday, a military spokesman was quoted as saying. A rebel source had […]

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At least 26 civilians have been injured in a missile attack by Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement on an airport in south-western Saudi Arabia, state media say.

Three women and two children were among those hurt when the missile struck Abha airport early on Wednesday, a military spokesman was quoted as saying.

A rebel source had earlier claimed that the facility was hit “with precision”.

Saudi Arabia leads a coalition of Arab states backing Yemen’s government in its four-year war with the Houthis.

Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in March 2015, when the rebels seized control of much of the west of the country and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad.

Alarmed by the rise of a group they believed to be backed militarily by regional Shia power Iran, Saudi Arabia, and eight other mostly Sunni Arab states began an air campaign aimed at restoring Mr Hadi’s government.

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Coalition military spokesman Col Turki al-Maliki said the missile fired by the Houthis hit the arrival hall at Abha International Airport at 02:21 on Wednesday (23:21 GMT on Tuesday), the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Three women – one Yemeni, one Indian and one Saudi – and two Saudi children are among those hurt.

Eight people were taken to hospital after suffering moderate injuries, while 18 others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Col Maliki said the attack on a civilian airport, which is about 200km (125 miles) north of the border with Yemen, was a serious violation of international humanitarian law and that it might constitute a war crime.

The coalition would “take urgent and timely measures to deter this terrorist militia, and to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian objects”, he added.

Col Maliki said work was underway to identify the type of missile involved, but Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV cited a rebel source as saying it was a cruise missile.

“The latest US systems were unable to stop the missile. This strike hit the enemy with panic and fear and caused great confusion in their ranks,” the source added.

Al-Masirah said it was the second time the Houthis had fired a cruise missile. The first reportedly targeted a nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, in December 2017.

Earlier this week, a Houthi military spokesman said it would target every airport in Saudi Arabia and that the coming days would reveal “big surprises”.

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