Blog archive: Yemen

  • 7th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of southern Yemen yesterday, calling for independence and waving flags of the former southern state which merged with the north in 1990. (Reports: AP,  AFP, Reuters, dpa.) The protests were timed to coincide with a...
  • 6th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemeni government has taken the unusual step of publishing the names of several illegal arms dealers. Most prominent among them is Faris Mana’a, who headed the committee mediating with the Houthi rebels and is also brother of the governor of Saada. Others named are mostly well-known tribal...
  • 4th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A briefing note from the UN refugee agency highlights the extraordinary numbers of people who risk their lives crossing the sea from the Horn of Africa, hoping to find safety in Yemen: September and October are the height of the sailing season and the number of arrivals by sea is...
  • 3rd October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemeni military lost a MiG21 warplane over Saada province yesterday.  The Houthi rebels said they shot it down, and named the pilot as Lieutenant Shamsan Mohammed Abdo Mufleh (it is unclear if he survived). The government said the aircraft was flying at low altitude and...
  • 1st October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Anti-government and separatist protests continued in several cities of southern Yemen yesterday. Reuters talks of thousands of demonstrators and some idea of the scale can be gleaned from the pictures on News Yemen’s website (report in Arabic). The most serious trouble...
  • 29th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Violence flared in southern Yemen yesterday after a month of relative quiet.  Reuters reports that shelling and gunfire between security forces and southern separatists continued for over an hour in Zinjibar (Abyan province) around the house of a relative ofTariq al-Fadhli, the...
  • 28th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A headline at Almotamar, the Yemeni ruling party's website,  announces: "UK confirms its stand by Yemen in facing up the rebellion". Displaying the British and Yemeni flags side by side, it announces that Britain is "ready to increase its development aid to Yemen" and that "the United...
  • 27th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two Saudi al-Qaeda suspects have been killed in the fighting in northern Yemen, al-Hayat newspaper reported yesterday. One of the dead men, Fahd Saleh Sulaiman al-Jatili, aged 27, was No 62 (out of 85) on the kingdom's most-wanted list. The name of the other man has not been...
  • 24th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Food is running out for tens of thousands of civilians displaced by the conflict in northern Yemen, the UN warned yesterday. "The continuation of hostilities, the failure of the truce and the closure of roads has prevented humanitarian agencies from coming to the aid of the displaced,"...
  • 22nd September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Amnesty International has called on the Yemeni authorities to “clarify the whereabouts” of journalist Muhammad al-Maqalih, who was seized by plain-clothed men last Thursday. “Amnesty International suspects his apparent disappearance is the result of his strong opposition and criticism...
  • 21st September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemeni army says it killed more than 140 Houthi rebels in Saada city yesterday in "the fiercest" fighting since Operation Scorched Earth began on August 11. The rebels attacked at 3.00 am from three directions in an attempt to capture the government's regional headquarters, but the...
  • 19th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemeni government last night declared a temporary truce in its war with the Houthi rebels for the duration of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, according to the German Press Agency. Whether it will take hold remains to be seen. A similar unilateral ceasefire declared a couple of weeks ago...

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