In Yemen, fierce clashes in the last major northern stronghold for the internationally recognized government could mark a turning point in the deadly six-year conflict. The oil-rich city of Marib is now at the center of a military escalation by Iran-backed Houthi rebels attempting to extend their control of the country further east with a devastating campaign of drone and missile attacks on both Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Saudi-backed government forces say US president Joe Biden’s decision to reverse Trump’s widely criticized designation of the Houthis as a terrorist group has only emboldened the rebel group. CNN’s Nic Robertson gained access to Marib’s frontline, where the battle for control in the ancient desert city is raging on.
People in Kashmir valley are purchasing dates in large quantities as the holy month of Ramzan began last week. Dates are mostly consumed during Iftar (breaking time of fast). Rich in protein, dates also have health benefits. Markets in Srinagar are flooded with different varieties imported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Israel. Shopkeepers are expecting good profits as they are selling varieties ranging from Rs 300/kg up to Rs 2000/kg. "Last year we sold nothing, everything was under lockdown, this year with god's grace things look good," said a shopkeeper Suhail Ahmad. The tropical fruit holds significance in Islamic culture.