Blog archive: Yemen

  • 31st July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Following the death threat to the head of al-Jazeera's bureau in Yemen, sahwa.net (the Islah party's website) reports that Naif al-Qanis, the spokesman of the Joint Meeting Parties (the opposition alliance) "was threatened on Thursday with killing by a caller who claimed that he...
  • 29th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    It’s a sobering thought that despite all the turmoil in Yemen there are people who look to it as a haven of safety. Almost a quarter of a million Somalis have fled their homes since May 7 to escape fighting in Mogadishu and up to 12,000 of them have gathered in the northern town of Bossasso,...
  • 25th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are conflicting reports of the latest attacks by Houthi rebels in northern Yemen.  The Yemen Post says seven soldiers were killed on Thursday and Friday in al-Khamees district of Saada province. AFPquotes a military source as saying: "Clashes broke out after Houthi...
  • 25th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Numerous violent incidents reported from southern Yemen on Saturday suggest the situation is deteriorating rapidly: The house of Abyan governor Ahmed Al-Miysari was attacked with light and medium-sized weapons; no casualties. The home of the director of political security in Abyan was also...
  • 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...

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