Blog archive: Yemen

  • 8th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    One serious question that arises from last week’s fighting between Saudi forces and the Yemeni-based Houthi rebels is whether the “infiltrators” have any support inside the kingdom. The Saudi authorities certainly seem to be taking no chances. Under the reassuring headline “Situation under total...
  • 7th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia continued its air strikes against Yemen’s Houthi rebels yesterday but insisted all the attacks were confined to Saudi territory. Similar air strikes on Thursday were widely reported to have included targets inside Yemen. Two videos posted on the internet (here ...
  • 5th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi forces hit back relentlessly at Yemen's Houthi rebels earlier today with fighter jets and artillery. The attack followed a border incident on Tuesday when rebels crossed into Saudi territory, killing at least one soldier, and apparently seized an area known as Jabal al-Dukhan. Saudi forces...
  • 5th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    President Salih has ordered Yemen's military to "put an end to the battles with the Houthi insurgents within 10 days",according to the Yemen Post.  Whether this is a realistic prospect, or whether it will simply open an even more bloody phase in the conflict, remains to be seen. In a...
  • 4th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Suspected al-Qaeda militants ambushed and killed three senior security officials along with several guards yesterday near the Saudi border in Yemen's south-eastern Hadramawt province. The dead included the chief of political security for Hadramawt, the regional security chief and the head of the...
  • 1st November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A journalist who described President Salih as a "weapon of mass destruction" has been given a two-year jail sentence and banned from writing for two years by Yemen's special press court.  Munir al-Mawri, who now lives in the US and was tried in his absence, also questioned the...
  • 30th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Iranian embassy in Yemen has now given its own versionof the "arms ship" affair (see previous post). It says the vessel (there is still no disclosure of its size, type or name) normally operates in the Caspian Sea and had gone to Sharjah in the UAE for maintenance. It was...
  • 28th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are numerous reports today about the "Iranian arms ship" seized on Sunday off the Red Sea coast of Yemen but facts are still scarce. It could be a very significant find or the government – not for the first time – may be making a mountain out of a molehill. Until more is known, it is unwise...
  • 26th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    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...
  • 25th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are fresh claims from Yemen that the Yemenia Airbus which crashed into the sea off the Comoros islands last June was accidentally shot down by a French missile.  Speculation that this was the cause first surfaced in Yemen and the Comoros a few days after the crash, but now...
  • 24th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A senior Yemeni army commander died in an ambush yesterday (presumably at the hands of Houthi rebels), according to an Associated Press report which cites unnamed official sources: "The officials say Brig Gen Omar Ali al-Issa, who headed an infantry division engaged in the fighting in...
  • 23rd October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's Houthi rebels have reportedly clashed with Saudi forces involved in the construction of a border fence. Reutersand the BBC have the story. Reuters quotes a statement on a rebel website which says: "Residents of the area reject any fence which would have a negative economic...

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