Blog archive: Yemen

  • 17th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Attacks by warplanes reportedly killed as many as 87 displaced civilians in northern Yemen yesterday. Details are sketchy but the Associated Press report cites several witnesses to the large number of casualties. Human Rights Watch, which has called for an investigation, said in a...
  • 15th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Under the headline "Areas outside state control", the Yemen Post has published a round-up of the country's multiple security problems, noting that in most governorates, the state controls only the main cities. Some key points: Bani Dhabian, Sanaa: "Bani Dhabian is a tribal...
  • 13th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    "Operation Scorched Earth" against the Houthi rebels in Yemen has been going on for a month now, with no end in sight. The  government media continues with its vague reports of military successes and "heavy losses" inflicted on the rebels (the latter may well be true).  The...
  • 12th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Four men in two cars were stopped near the US embassy in Sanaa on Tuesday and found to have in their possession nine grenades, a machine gun, 296 bullets, five detonators, a siren device as used by ambulances and 20 fuel containers. According to a security source they were just...
  • 12th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Economist is the latest publication to raise serious questions about the future of Yemen.  It says (rightly, I think) that much of the reason for the Houthi rebels' success lies with the Yemeni army: "Its aerial bombing and artillery fire have proved better at enraging locals...
  • 8th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Socotra, Yemen’s exotic island outpost in the Indian Ocean, witnessed its first-ever riot on Sunday when hundreds of people took to the streets protesting about “an acute shortage of wheat and flour”. The Yemen Post says they hurled stones at one of the Economic Corporation's...
  • 7th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A letter from President Obama confirming US support "for the unity and security of Yemen" was delivered to President Salih on Saturday, according to the official news agency, Saba. The letter allegedly promised "an initiative to support Yemen to face all its development obstacles and...
  • 6th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    While the Houthi conflict dominates the news from Yemen there’s a risk of other issues being ignored. One that certainly should not be ignored is corruption, and last week Alistair Lyon wrote an excellent report about it for Reuters AlertNet. As Lyon notes, “Corruption is rampant in...
  • 5th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemeni government announced yesterday that it "does not view any objection" to suspending military operations against the Houthi rebels if the rebels will do the same. The rebels appear to have responded positively. The "suspension" offer came into effect at 9am on Friday,...
  • 4th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The war between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels, as regular readers will have gathered, has multiple dimensions: local grievances, tribal/religious conflicts and international rivalries among them. One further dimension – which I haven't mentioned so far – is a struggle to succeed...
  • 2nd September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The UN refugee agency issued a new warning yesterday about the situation around Saada city in northern Yemen where fighting between government forces and rebels has displaced more than 35,000 people during the last three weeks. "The situation is deteriorating by the day," UNHCR...
  • 31st August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemeni government appears to have succeeded in blocking – at least temporarily – the launch of a new satellite TV channel linked to the opposition. Suhail TV had been due to start broadcasts aimed at Yemenis from the beginning of Ramadan, but has not done so.According to the Yemen...

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