Blog archive: Yemen

  • 21st October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In the continuing trials of suspected Houthi rebels, 10 more men were sentenced to death in Yemen yesterday, bringing the total of death sentences so far to 22. Six others were jailed yesterday for 15 years each. They are among 190 defendants in a series of trials connected...
  • 21st October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The field commander of the Houthi rebels, Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, has died in hospital after being captured, according to medical sources cited by the Yemen Post. On Sunday, several local websites reported that Houthi – regarded by the authorities as the most dangerous man in...
  • 20th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The question of Iranian involvement in the Yemeni war is often raised, though with scant evidence to support the various claims. The Houthi rebels who have been fighting the government off and on for the last five years. are Shia Muslims and, even though their Zaidi version of Shi'ism differs from...
  • 19th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The field commander of the Houthi rebels, Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, was arrested yesterday by the military after being injured in an air strike, according to unconfirmed reports from several local news sources (Yemen Observer, News Yemenand Yemen Online).  At the time of writing, the...
  • 16th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two views on the war in Yemen. President Salih says it will end very soon. "The army is achieving great, great progress in all frontlines, and over the coming few days the victory will be declared," he said on Wednesday. Well, it's Friday now and the war goes on. But let's give it...
  • 14th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's confusion in Yemen over the apparent forcible closureof an Iranian-funded hospital in the capital, Sana'a. The hospital, which employs 120 staff (eight of them Iranian) was sealed off by security forces yesterday amid claims that it had links with the Houthi (Shia) rebels. The...
  • 14th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    October 14 is Yemen's National Day – the anniversary of the day in 1963 when southerners launched their armed struggle against British occupation. As such, it provides an officially-approved excuse for people to take to the streets.  The video above, via YouTube, shows the scene earlier...
  • 13th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are further developments regarding Yahya al-Houthi, a relative of the Yemeni rebel leader, Abd al-Malik al-Houth, who is also an absentee member of the Yemeni parliament living in Germany. On Sunday, 
  • 11th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The leader of Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Abd al-Malik al-Houthi,said yesterday he is “ready for dialogue” to “save the country from corruption and injustice”. His statement seemed to suggest he is seeking to engage with the opposition Joint Meeting Parties, which has called for a ceasefire,...
  • 10th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The first UN aid convoy from Saudi Arabia to northern Yemen –delayed for several weeks – is expected to set off today carrying tents, mattresses, blankets and other items for about 2,000 people stranded in the border area as a result of the Houthi conflict. It had been due to...
  • 9th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Houthi rebels in northern Yemen claim to have captured Munabbih (Munabah), a district bordering Saudi Arabia. Reuters quotes a rebel statement saying local residents had turned against the authorities because of rights abuses and "citizens took full control of government buildings...
  • 8th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's parliament yesterday called on the government to bring the Houthi rebellion to a swift end (reports: Yemen Postand Almotamar). Although this can be interpreted as support for the government's policy (since ending the rebellion is the declared intention of Operation Scorched...

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