Blog archive: Yemen

  • 16th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The international dimension of Yemen’s Houthi rebellion came to the fore yesterday when Iranian media reported claims of Saudi military involvement. Yahya al-Houthi (a brother of the rebels’ dead leader) told Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency that Saudi Arabia “has gone so far as...
  • 14th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For a second consecutive day, Yemeni warplanes continued their bombardment of Saada province on Thursday. Various reports speak of “dozens” of casualties.  The Houthi rebels issued a video said to have been recorded in Haidan on Wednesday. One scene shows smoke rising...
  • 14th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An update on events in Yemen. The governor of Saada province says Houthi rebels have kidnapped 15 Red Crescent workers – doctors, nurses and administrators – at a camp for displaced people in al-Anad district. Speaking on state-run television, he said they were blindfolded, beaten and...
  • 13th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemeni authorities have declared a state of emergency throughout Saada province and imposed an evening curfew on Saada city and surrounding towns, the German Press Agency (dpa) reports. Casualties in the government’s new “iron fist” offensive are unclear but dpa and ...
  • 12th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    “Broad offensive”, “iron fist”, “all-out onslaught” … the news agencies are reporting a large-scale government attack on the Houthi rebels (Reuters and dpa) in northern Yemen.  The army launched “aerial, artillery and missile strikes on the strategic heights of Matra and Dhahian,...
  • 11th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Despite mediation efforts, the Houthi rebellion in northern Yemen shows no sign of abating. President Salih, speaking at a meeting of Yemen’s Supreme Security Committee, warned the rebels “that the continuation of their assaults and attempts to disturb public security and tranquillity...
  • 7th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A five-sentence news item on the Islah party’s website, under the rather inconsequential headline “MP urges Yemeni president to step down”, says that the opposition member of parliament Hamid al-Ahmar has called on President Salih to hand over power to Vice-President Abdu Rabo Mansour...
  • 6th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Official sources in Yemen said yesterday that “outlaws” planted two bombs outside government buildings in Abyan province. One exploded near a police building, blowing a hole in a fence. A larger device consisting of a mine and a timer was defused near the Central Organisation for Control and...
  • 5th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    NewsYemen says three soldiers died when Houthi rebels attacked a hospital in Sakain area on Monday and 13 rebels were killed in al-Hesama district close to the Saudi border yesterday. NewsYemen adds that farmers are suffering from the conflict. Roadblocks set up by the army and the...
  • 4th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Mediation by a tribal leader from the Socialist Party has secured a truce between Houthi rebels and armed supporters of the Islah Party in al-Jawf province (north-eastern Yemen), according to the Yemen Observer. The Shi’a and Sunni rivals had been fighting for a couple of weeks with...
  • 3rd August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    You will be pleased to hear that even if Yemen is on the brink of  turning into a failed state, its banking sector is in fine fettle and unaffected by the global financial crisis. The central bank’s governor, Ahmad al-Samawi, delivered the good news on Saturday and also “reviewed...
  • 1st August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Not to be sidelined amid Yemen’s growing mayhem (the Houthi rebellion alone has cost 338 civilian lives during the last 12 months according to government figures), al-Qaeda elements attacked a military vehicle in the eastern province of Marib on Thursday. AFP says three soldiers...

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