Soldiers die in Yemen ambush

Five Yemeni soldiers were killed and three wounded yesterday in an ambush in the southern province of ad-Dhali'. They were escorting an abulance that carried the body of another soldier who had been killed in the Houthi conflict in northern Yemen.  Reports: Yemen Post and Xinhua.

Yahya al-Houthi, a member of rebel leader’s family who is also an MP, is due to be put on trial in his absence today, charged with rebellion, terrorism and sabotage in Saada province. 

Since 2005 he has been living in Germany, where the authorities have have warned him he will lose his political asylum status “if he undertakes any activities hostile to any state”. The Yemeni parliament recently lifted his parliamentary immunity, opening the way for a trial to take place.

Posted by Brian Whitaker, 26 October 2009.