Blog archive: Yemen

  • 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...
  • 4th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The body of a Yemeni army officer was found in the Khanfar district of Abyan province yesterday, "close to the site of the army unit in which he served," according to a local official. He had been shot. In a similar incident on Thursday, also in Abyan province, an intelligence officer...
  • 3rd July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Tension continues in northern Yemen, where a truce was called in February between the government and the Houthi rebels.  The interior ministry said yesterday that rebels attacked the home of Ibn Aziz, a tribal leader in Harf Sufyan, killing three people. Ibn Aziz, who survived the attack,...
  • 26th June 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Six Yemeni soldiers died in an attack on a military site in the southern province of Shabwa yesterday. Officials are blaming militants connected with al-Qaeda. Meanwhile, fighting involving the Houthi rebels resumed in northern Yemen after a ceasefire agreed less than 24...
  • 21st June 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Five people were killed, including three soldiers, and 11 people injured during clashes in Yemen's Amran province "between militants and military personnel", Shawa.Net reports. Shooting is said to have broken out when the "militants" set up road blocks in protest at non-payment of "...
  • 20th June 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Faris Mana'a, Yemen's top arms trafficker, was released from jail last week, according to tribal sources. The Sahwa.Net websitedescribes his release as "astonishing" and says his return home was welcomed by "masses" of sheikhs and citizens in Saada province. Mana'a served for some time as...
  • 8th June 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There have long been suspicions that the "Abyan massacre" - abotched airstrike in Yemen last December which killed 41 civilians, including 14 women and 21 children (plus 14 alleged al-Qaeda members), was carried out by the United States rather than the Yemen military. Photographs from the...
  • 2nd June 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Following last month's botched airstrike which accidentally killed Jaber al-Shabwani, the deputy governor of Marib province, along with four bodyguards, his tribe has now accepted compensationfrom the Yemeni government – in the form of five million riyals ($22,000) and 200 Kalshnikov...
  • 30th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An interesting variant on that hoary old tale of Muslims who cut open aubergines, tomatoes, etc, and find the word "Allah" miraculously inscribed in Arabic by the arrangement of the seeds. Now, the Yemen Observer reports a similar miracle of a more secular kind: a 32-year-old man who...
  • 26th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Another disastrous airstrike in Yemen aimed at al-Qaeda accidentally killed the deputy governor of Marib province along with his bodyguards yesterday. The deputy governor, Jaber al-Shabwani, was reportedly "on a mediation mission to persuade al-Qaeda elements to hand themselves over to...

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