Italy unions refuse to load Saudi ship over Yemen war May 21, 2019 0 2175 12345 ReutersGENOA, ItalyItalian unions refused on Monday to load electricity generators onto a Saudi Arabian ship with weapons on board in a protest against the war in Yemen.The Bahri-Yanbu vessel loaded arms in the Belgian city of Antwerp earlier this month, but was prevented from picking up another consignment of weapons in the French port of Le Havre following protests by humanitarian groups.Rights campaigners say the weapons contravene a UN treaty because they might be used against civilians in Yemen, where a Saudi-led military coalition is battling the Iran-backed Houthis in a war that has killed thousands.Unions in Genoa had tried to have the boat banned from Italy, but the ship docked just after dawn, met by a handful of protesters who gathered on the quay. “No to war” read one of their banners.Union workers refused to load two generators aboard the boat, saying that although they were registered for civilian use, they could be instead directed to the Yemen war effort. “We will not be complicit in what is happening in Yemen,” union leaders said in a statement. Port officials confirmed the generators were blocked on the quay, but said non-critical goods would be loaded. The four-year conflict in Yemen has devastated the country, leaving much of the population on the brink of famine. RELATED ARTICLES Trump’s ‘genocidal taunts won’t end Iran’, says Zarif May 21, 2019 0 422 Palestinians to shun US-led economic peace plan, say they weren’t consulted May 21, 2019 0 417 ‘Dispute over top job main sticking point in Sudan talks’ May 21, 2019 0 371 Houthis deny targeting Makkah with missiles Reuters DUBAI Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement denied Saudi media reports on Monday that it had fired a ballistic missile towards Makkah, Islam’s holiest site, at a time of heightened tensions between Tehran and .. Iraqi Shiite leaders warn against US-Iran war Baghdad: Iraqi Shiite leaders warned on Monday against dragging their country into a possible war between the United States and Iran, a day after a rocket fell near the US embassy in Baghdad. Prominent Shiite Muslim .. Oman’s top diplomat visits Tehran, talks on regional issues LONDON: The foreign minister of Oman, which in the past helped pave the way for negotiations between Iran and the United States, visited Tehran on Monday as tensions rise between the Islamic Republic and the United States .. Russia air strikes kill 10 civilians in northwest Syria Kafranbe: Air strikes by Syrian regime ally Russia have killed 10 civilians including five children in a northwestern militant bastion, a monitor said Monday, hours after Moscow announced a ceasefire there. The .. 18 people killed as Al Shabaab attacks army base in Somalia dpa Mogadishu Eighteen people were killed when terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked an army base in southern Somalia, a local official said Monday. Among the dead were 14 militants and four soldiers, who had been manning .. Tajikistan blames Islamic State for prison riot, 32 killed DUSHANBE: Three prison guards and 29 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan that the government blamed on Islamic State militants. Tajikistan’s Justice Ministry said the riot broke out late on Sunday in the .. Congo militias used schoolgirls as human shields believing their ‘magical powers’ NAIROBI: Schoolgirls in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped, forced into marriage and used as human shields by militias who believed they had “magical powers” during violence over a year ago, an investigation by .. DR Congo political heavyweight Moise Katumbi returns Lubumbashi: Thousands of people welcomed Moise Katumbi, a prominent foe of DR Congo’s former president Joseph Kabila, as he landed at Lubumbashi airport on Monday after three years in self-imposed exile. The .. Beijing denounces US warship sail-by in South China Sea Beijing: China on Monday denounced a US warship sail-by near disputed islands in the South China Sea as a violation of its sovereignty, amid mounting tensions over trade between the two countries. The People’s ..