Blog archive: Yemen

  • 29th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two hundred Yemeni soldiers who were reportedly captured by Houthi rebels in the north of the country on Monday are now said to have been freed. AFP quotes a mediator and "tribal sources close to the rebels" as confirming the release. Meanwhile, the Yemeni defence ministry...
  • 28th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In the renewed conflict in northern Yemen, the Houthi rebels have taken 200 soldiers prisoner, according to a military official cited by AFP. The troops are said to belong to a regiment of the Republican Guard. The capture of the soldiers has not been confirmed by the rebels. A Houthi...
  • 27th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Gunmen attacked the British embassy in Sana'a from a fast-moving vehicle late yesterday. Splinters from a rocket-propelled grenade were also found inside the embassy, according to Xinhua. No casualties were reported and al-Qaeda is being blamed. Meanwhile, a few more details have ...
  • 22nd July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Fighting between the Houthi rebels, government forces and pro-government tribesmen continued in northern Yemen yesterday despite a short-lived ceasefire and the death toll over the last few days of conflct may now be as high as 50. The Yemen Observer reports: Local sources...
  • 21st July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It looks as if the on-off Houthi war in northern Yemen may be on again following two days of clashes that have left at least 22 people dead and more than 50 injured. The German news agency, citing tribal sources, reports that seven pro-government tribesmen and five Houthi...
  • 19th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    After months of delay, Yemen's ruling party, the General People's Congress, has signed an agreement on national dialogue with the opposition alliance, the Joint Meeting Parties. The goal is to hammer out electoral and constitutional reforms ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for April...
  • 16th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Houthi rebels in northern Yemen ambushed a convoy of police and pro-government tribesmen on Wednesday, killing three officers and eight tribesmen. The convoy was reportedly carrying food supplies in the Majaz district of Saada province. The attack came came amid growing tensions...
  • 15th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    More than 20 armed men attacked two adjacent security/intelligence buildings in southern Yemen yesterday. As many as five people may have been killed. The attack occurred in Zinjibar (Abyan province). The Yemen Observer says:  The attackers who were masked and riding...
  • 13th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The ceasefire agreement that halted the all-out conflict between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels last February seems to be gradually breaking down. A headline in the Yemen Observer predicts that a seventh round in the war is "imminent". The paper quotes Houthi...
  • 11th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Five Yemeni oil workers were kidnapped in the sparsely-populated northern province of al-Jawf late on Thursday, and the interior ministry is blaming the Houthi rebels. "The Houthis captured five staff from an oil company in Marib along with their car when they were inspecting fuel...
  • 7th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Yemeni security officer named as Ali Khanbash survived an assassination attempt at his home in Zinjibar yesterday, al-Sahwa reports. Another person was injured. It was the fourth such attack in the southern Abyan province in the space of a month. On July 3, an army officer was...
  • 6th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A remarkable investigation by a Yemeni newspaper, al-Masdar, has discovered that slavery persists in Yemen, long after if was officially abolished. Five hundred or more people are said to be living in servitude in parts of Hajja and Hodeida provinces. Sheikhs and members of the local...

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