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World in Brief July 11 2018

YEMEN: Saudi-led coalition forces bombed their own troops yesterday during a botched mission against Houthi forces.

The Houthis destroyed vehicles belonging to the pro-government troops inside the Tahtiyah area of western Yemen with short range missiles.

However video footage emerged of a Saudi-led coalition helicopter opening fire on troops as they fled from the area mistaking them for enemy combatants.

 

GERMANY: Spooks have been spying on Turkish left-wing organisations, issuing a 38-page report on their operations in the country.

Domestic intelligence suggested that 2,550 people are members of groups including the communist DHKP-C, TKP/ML and MLKP.

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution report says that the groups are operating peacefully in Germany, but are supporting groups in Rojava, northern Syria and Turkey.

 

GREECE: Hidir Gonik was released from prison yesterday after he was arrested in February on charges of “human trafficking” for supporting revolutionary Turgut Kaya who faces extradition to Turkey.

Mr Kaya has been on hunger strike since his arrest claiming he faces torture if the Syriza government hand him over to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian regime.

Mr Gonik was accused of helping Mr Kaya enter the country illegally and denies the charges against him.

 

US: Eleven Guantanamo Bay detainees will have their cases heard in Washington today.

Two of the men, Towfiq Bihani and Abdul Latif Nasser, remain locked up despite having been cleared for release by the US defence and security agencies after exhaustive investigations.

The prisoners will not be able to hear the case after their appeal for live audio access was rejected by the presiding judge.

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