The city of Hodeida in Yemen was declared a military zone by the Saudi-led coalition. Due to this decision civilians should stay in their home and avoid clashes until further notice. After the recapture of the city of al-Mokha, 20 rebels and government troops were killed overnight in clashes that erupted the day after government forces seized control of the area. A military source said the death tool stands at 14 rebels and 6 troops and 8 dead were confirmed by a source of Hodeida hospital.
President Michel Aoun on Monday started his first visit to Cairo since his election in October and held talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. “Hopes of the role that Egypt could play are high. An Egypt of moderation and openness… could launch an Arab rescue initiative based on a strategy to fight terrorism,” Aoun said at a joint press conference. The two sides “agreed on the need to stand together against the dangers of terrorism,” Sisi said, adding that Egypt was ready “to support the capabilities of Lebanon’s army and its various security bodies”. On Tuesday, Aoun will visit Jordan at the invitation of Jordanian King Abdullah II.