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Notre Dame Cathedral fire ‘under control’: Paris firefighters

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SANA’A – After hours of battling a “significant fire” that broke out at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris at 7 pm local time, firefighters were able to bring it under control in the early hours of Tuesday.

“The fire is completely under control. It is partially extinct, only residual fires were still burning,” said the Paris spokesman Gabriel Plus.

Smoke could be seen billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, as flames leapt out beside its two bell towers.

NBC journalist Nancy Ing reported that gargoyles were falling off the roof.

Both the spire and roof of the cathedral collapsed, but the main structure was preserved, Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters at the scene.

“We now believe that the two towers of Notre-Dame have been saved,” he added.

Gallet said that the operation was focused on preserving the rear of the cathedral where the most valuable works are located.

There was still a risk that some of the interior structures could collapse, and firefighters would work overnight to cool them down, he said.

One firefighter was seriously injured in the blaze — the only reported casualty.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. The Paris Prosecutor has opened an official investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

An investigation was opened for accidental destruction by fire, said Paris prosecutors.

A group of 16 copper statues escaped the blaze as they were removed from the cathedral’s roof on April 11 for restoration work, as part of a €6 million renovation project.

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Yemeni army forces attack Saudi military positions in Najran (Video)

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NAJRAN – Military media of the Yemeni army on Tuesday released video footage shows the army forces launching an overnight attack on Saudi military positions in Najran region.

The video showed the army forces attacking the Saudi-hired mercenaries’ positions in west of Reshahah area.

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Yemen has met all concessions of prisoner exchange agreement

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SANA’A -Abdul Qadir al-Mortada, Chairman of the National Committee for Prisoners ‘ Affairs has confirmed that the national delegation has made all the concessions for the full implementation of the prisoner exchange agreement concluded in Sweden.

“We did not mind the implementation of a prisoner exchange agreement, but the other party is not ready for the implementation, and the United Nations knows it,” Murtada told reporters on Tuesday.

“We had hoped that the United Nations would be more transparent than we heard yesterday,” he added.

Last month, the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs presented an initiative that included an initial exchange in which a minimum of 1,000 prisoners from both sides are to be released on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, but the Saudi-led party ignored the initiative.

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SANA’A -The official spokesman for Ansurallah, Mohammed Abdel Salam, has accused international humanitarian organisations of working with foreign intelligence agencies for the benefit of the coalition countries.

He asserted that some of these organisations are being exposed all over Yemen.

Abdul Salam furthermore demanded that they prove their humanitarian motivation and adhered to “humanitarian works away from political, security and intelligence abuse”.

“Organizations and agencies working with international intelligence agencies are selling information, data and coordinates to the countries of aggression under the pretext of humanitarian action,” Abdel Salam said in a statement issued on Tuesday night.

“The Yemeni people are fully aware of the tricks of the suspicious organizations and no longer can be deceived by the crocodile tears and pretentions of being humane. These organisations have to realize that.”

“If you are keen to address the humanitarian situation, you have to accuse the one who imposes the blockade and cause this tragedy.”

“The alleged assistance of these organizations has not and will not cover the needs of nearly 30 million Yemeni people for food, medicine, essential and basic necessities,” he added.

“Your assistance, which you describe as humanity,is deprived of its true meaning of humanity if you employ intelligence, espionage and political manipulation.”

However, Mohamed Abdel Salam also said in return that he will welcome any impartial humanitarian action.

“We bless any impartial humanitarian work away from political abuse, security recruitment and the collection of information and data for the benefit of the countries of aggression,” he said.

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“Those who provide weapons to the countries of aggression and cover their crimes are not qualified to offer humanitarian assistance and if they do so, they do it for inhumane purposes,” he said.

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