Blog archive: Yemen

  • 23rd July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At least 10 people have died in a two-day battle between Shias and Sunnis for control of a mosque in northern Yemen. Although tribal fighting in the country is common, the sectarian dimension in this case is new and alarming. It appears to have started with both sides insisting on their...
  • 23rd July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Agence France Presse is reporting that at least 16 people were killed today and 30 injured by shelling and gunfire in Zinjibar on the southern coast of Yemen. Earlier reports (including theofficial news agency and the BBC put the death toll at eight). AFP says the...
  • 21st July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I’ve been talking rather a lot about Yemen since this blog started – partly because the situation there is worrying and partly because it’s getting so little attention from outside. Put simply, the fear is that Yemen could turn into another Somalia or Afghanistan. An article in the Yemen...
  • 18th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Recriminations continue over the Yemenia Airbus that crashed off the Comoros islands at the end of June, and it’s becoming reminiscent of the row between Egypt and Boeing after Egyptair flight 990 plunged into the Atlantic in 1999. In that case, investigators claimed...
  • 15th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two men have been arrested in connection with thetriple killing in Lahj province last Friday. They are said to be a son and brother of the main suspect, Ali Saif Mohammed. It is not clear if they are actually suspected of involvement in the killing: the Yemeni authorities often...
  • 14th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Yemeni politician has demanded the closure of al-Jazeera’s office in Sana’a, accusing the TV channel of damaging the country’s security and stability, the Yemen Post reports. Ali Jusaed al-Lahbi, a member of parliament for the ruling General People Congress, said: “It runs stories which...
  • 13th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemeni forces yesterday dispersed a rally of 200 people in Aden who were demonstrating against the suspension of al-Ayyam newspaper, Reuters reports. About 15 of the paper’s employees were arrested during the rally. Established in the 1950s, al-Ayyam is Yemen’s oldest independent daily...
  • 11th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Four members of the same family in a pick-up truck – a father, two sons and a son-in-law – were ambushed by gunmen in Radfan, southern Yemen, in the early hours of Friday while apparently on the way to open up their sweet shop. Three died immediately, the fourth was seriously wounded and...
  • 10th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A report from Saba, the official Yemeni news agency, on the 15th anniversary of the north’s victory in the 1994 war: Subversives attacked Tuesday security forces and people in Yemen's eastern province of Hadramout killing a citizen and injuring two soldiers, the state-run 26sep.net ...
  • 9th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Here we go again. While Egyptian protesters chant that “Germans are the enemies of God”, Yemenis are venting their wrath against France over the Yemenia plane crash. A headline in the Yemen Observer claims the Airbus was “possibly” hit by a French missile (scroll down...
  • 8th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I’ve been reading some very gloomy reports from Yemen recently. With unrest in both the far north (the long-runningHouthi rebellion) and the south (revival of separatism), and complaints about the economy almost everywhere, it sounds very bad. But … People have been making dire predictions about...
  • 25th November 2000
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A series of failed prosecutions for qat possession has cast doubt on whether Yemen’s favourite pastime is illegal throughout the United States. Although qat (or "khat") is not specifically mentioned in federal drugs law, and in only a few state laws, it is regarded by police as an illicit drug....

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