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LATEST UPDATES Yemen faces new sabotage attack in Marib :: Fuel prizes spike send Yemenis over the edge :: Yemen’s pipe dream: Reconciliation :: The ransom dilemma, to pay or not to pay :: An officer is slain in Lawdar :: Rising prices at the pump, Yemenis might be in for a rude awakening :: Failed assassination attempt against top military commander :: Those who pray together … :: US diplomat confirms they made contact with Sharif Mobley :: Mike Harvey’s long walk to freedom ::
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Yemen’s pipe dream: Reconciliation

While Yemen’s embattled President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi has been urging his countrymen to unite and rally around the state’s institutions in order for the nation to weather the mighty storm which has battered its shores and bruised its military, images of politicians’ public spat this Eid quickly reminded all, that when it comes to Yemen, solidarity is a word which often goes amiss.

 

The ransom dilemma, to pay or not to pay

News that Mike Harvey was released following several months in captivity (Harvey was kidnapped last February in the capital, Sana’a) brought back the difficult matter of ransom and whether foreign powers should ever allow themselves to be trapped into such blackmail.

 

An officer is slain in Lawdar

Officials in Abyan (southern province of Yemen) confirmed on Tuesday, that Colonel Abdullah Al-Maaraji, a commander in the infantry had been killed in what is believed to have been a terror attack.

 

Rising prices at the pump, Yemenis might be in for a rude awakening

According to Yemen Saeed, a local media outlet, Yemenis might be in for a rude awakening come the end of Eid as officials are getting ready to raise the price of all petroleum products.

 

Failed assassination attempt against top military commander

As Yemenis everywhere began to celebrate the first day of Eid, thus marking the official end of the holy month of Ramadan, officials in the southern province of Al Daleh confirmed that an unidentified group of armed men targeted Abdullah Dabaan, the commander of the 33rd Brigade as he travelled in his vehicle.

 

Those who pray together …

On the occasion of Eid prayer, Yemen’s incumbent and former presidents, President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and former President Ali Abdullah Saleh came together to kneel in prayer, shoulder to shoulder, side by side, in what has been understood as a clear sign a political détente.

 

US diplomat confirms they made contact with Sharif Mobley

Following calls from Sharif Mobley’s attorney (the disappeared US national who faces murder charges in Yemen) Cori Crider, that proof of life be given after her client was disappeared, US diplomats in Yemen have said to have made contact.

 

Mike Harvey’s long walk to freedom

Following the announcement on Saturday that Mike Harvey, a British national had successfully been freed following five months of captivity; a video featuring those who negotiated his release emerged online.

 

Al Qaeda strikes again, this time in Abyan

Following a brazen attack on Friday in the province of Al Baydha, officials in the southern province of Abyan have confirmed that elements believed to be affiliated to Al Qaeda have targeted soldiers in Mahfad.

 

British teacher is finally freed

Britain Foreign Office confirmed on Saturday that Mike Harvey, a British national who came to work in Yemen as an English teacher has been freed and safely released to the authorities by his captive.

 

Al Qaeda Yemen seeks to emulate ISIL

Even though al Qaeda has disavowed ISIL (Islamic State for the Levant and Iraq) back in February 2014, when Ayman Al Zawahiri, the grand leader of Al Qaeda clearly stated that his group had neither allegiance nor link to ISIL; the terror group appears nevertheless keen to emulate its victories by setting a caliphate of its own.

 

More soldiers die by the hands of Al Qaeda

Following a fragile lull in violence during the holy month of Ramadan, it seems that as Eid draws near, terror militants are intent on drawing government forces back into a whirlwind of violence and bloodshed.

 

The Houthis have withdrawn from Amran

As of Friday the Houthis (Zaidi group based in the northern province of Sa’ada organized under the leadership of Abdel-Malek Al Houthi) have officially handed back the control of Amran (northern province located some 50km away from the capital, Sana’a) back to the central government.

 

STATEMENT OF THE YEMEN HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR ON HIS VISIT TO AMRAN

I travelled to Amran Governorate yesterday to observe conditions following the recent conflict, to advocate for unrestricted access of humanitarian partners to all people in need, and to seek commitments from all parties to abide by the ground rules for humanitarian action in Yemen.

 

Clashes in Marib leave four soldiers dead

Violent clashes in the oil-rich province of Marib left seven people dead this Wednesday, among whom four soldiers confirmed local officials.

 

Violence plagues Yemen amid calls for reconciliation

Even though President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi has urged his countrymen to rally around his government, arguing that only through unity and collaboration Yemen as a nation would manage to extract itself from the quick sand it finds itself sinking into, violence remains the order of the day.

 

President Hadi advocates unity in Yemen

As Yemen embattled President Abdo Rabbo Masnour Hadi visisted the northern province of Amran this week he called on all Yemenis to prize and value unity before all else.

 

Al Qaeda wants to cut off officials’ hands

Just as the US State Department has issued a security warning, calling on all its nationals to leave Yemen due to an aggravated terror threat, Al Qaeda has announced it will cut off the hands of every single corrupt official it can find.

 

The United States calls on its nationals to leave Yemen

As tensions continue to rise in Yemen, the poorest and most populous country in the Arabian Peninsula, the United States renewed its security warnings, calling on all its nationals to leave Yemen if they can.

 

Iran wants its diplomat released now

Amid heightened diplomatic tensions and aggravated political tensions, Iran has expressly called on Sana’a central government to arrange for the immediate and unconditional release of its kidnapped diplomat, Nour Ahmad Nikbakht.

 

Press Release: GAZA STRIP: ISRAEL MUST STOP BOMBING TRAPPED CIVILIANS

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip, the majority of the dead and wounded in Gaza are civilians and medical workers are also coming under fire, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.

 

Yemen and Saudi Arabia’s prisoners’ agreement

Officials in Yemen have confirmed on Sunday that Saudi Arabia and Yemen have reached an agreement in regards to the extradition of prisoners, whereby Yemeni nationals will be given the opportunity to serve part of their prison term back home, and vice versa.

 

Traveling for peace, a Yemeni turns globe trotter

Al Hayat newspaper published a news report earlier this week in which it explains that a Yemeni national, Ahmed Al Qassemi, will endeavour to travel through Australia, South America and Europe on his camel to promote peace.

 

Top Salafi leader in Yemen calls on Al Qaeda to give allegiance to ISIL caliphate

Top Salafi cleric openly called on Al Qaeda militants to not only side with ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) but it urged Al Qaeda leadership to actually pledge its allegiance to its caliph, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.

 

Al Qaeda loses religious ground in Yemen

Even though Al Qaeda Yemen has often played on Yemenis’ attachment to tradition and their keenness to remain truly literal in their applications of the tenets of Islam, it appears terror militants are fast losing ground on the religious front as more and more clerics have felt compelled to rise in opposition and condemnation of the group’s unforgiving interpretation of Sharia law (Islamic law).

 

Al Qaeda attacks Al Baidha province

Following a lull in terror activists since President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi declared war on all Al Qaeda elements back in late April, it seems that the terror group has managed somehow to gather some of its strength back as militants have returned to the offensive over the past week.

 

Al Qaeda Yemen turns to banditry to survive

Security officials have confirmed on Wednesday that Al Qaeda militants targeted a post office in the south-eastern province of Hadhramawt and stole an estimated two million riyals (about $10,000).

 

After Amran al Jawf becomes a battleground

Yemeni security officials confirm on Wednesday that violent clashed opposing Houthi militants and tribesman affiliated to Al Islah have been ongoing since Tuesday in the northern province of Al Jawf.

 

Acclaimed journalist stands in critic of President Hadi

Speaking of recent developments in Yemen, mainly the fall of Amran to the Houthis and the loss of the 310th Armoured Brigade, Abdulrahman Al Rashed, the former Editor in chief of Asharq Al Awsat and serving general manager of Al Arabiya TV channel published an opinion piece earlier this month in which he argues President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s presidential mandate.

 

MSF supports IDPs in Sana’a and Amran

In response to the increasing needs of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) leaving Amran after the recent conflict, MSF has, in coordination with the Executive Unit for Managing IDPs’ Camps, supported 52 families located in Al-Najah School in Sana’a.

 

German Ambassador to Yemen Rejects Pressure to sanction Houthis

Two top Houthi officials told Yemen Post that in a meeting with the German Ambassador in Yemen they were informed that the pro Sunni Islah party insisted on the ambassador that Germany calls for the international sanctioning of the Houthis.

 

Armed forces protest pay shortfall

While Yemen northern region is still reeling from its last bout of violence, following the fall of Arman northern province to Houthi militants, yt another crisis threatens the region as troops have complained of a pay shortfall.

 

Houthi militants hand back military base

Following intense political wrangling and strong statements from the international community, the Houthis (Zaidi faction organized under the leadership og Abdel Malek Al Houthi) reluctantly agreed to hand back Amran 310 Armoured Brigade, in keeping with demands from the UN Security Council.

 

Houthis back down from Amran

On Saturday, the Houthis (Zaidi tribal faction turned mainstream politics under its political denomination, Ansar Allah) have confirmed that they will withdraw from the northern province of Amran in accordance with calls from the UN Security Council.

 

President Hadi appoints new military commanders

On the wake of the Houthis’ takeover of the northern province of Amran (located directly north of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a), President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi has decided to appoint new military commanders; a move which has been understood as a sign he’s changing political direction.

 

Yemen: Workers Unions Seeks more rights and involvement in the Constitution Drafting Committee

Union leaders asked for including constitutional articles of more prevention and well organization of the Workers Union in the New Constitution, pointing out to the need of responsibility for entities union publicity under the top framework of union work in the country, so that the general association, or the General Union of Yemen Workers (GUYW) to be responsible for entities union publicity newly created.

 

Demonstrators in Sana’a call for Defence Minister resignation

Hundreds of Sana’a residents took to the streets this Friday afternoon calling for the immediate resignation of Yemen Defence Minister, Major General Mohammed Nasser Ahmed over his inability to protect Amran.

 

Arab League condemns the Houthis’ campaign in north Yemen

As GCC countries and other regional powers in the region are waking up to the Houthis’ de facto take-over of the northern province of Amran, an area which thus far has remained under the tribal control of al-Ahmar, a powerful tribal faction affiliated to al-Islah (Yemen Sunni radical party), the Arab League officially denounced the Zaidi group’s attacks on the state, calling for its leadership to surrender all weapons.

 

No bread in the Yemeni capital?

As Yemen seems to be still falling further into chaos and instability, its people gripped by almost pandemic poverty and despicable hardship, misery erodes at the impoverished nation’s will, pushing an entire people closer to complete and utter despair.

 

President Hadi rolls out austerity measures

As Yemen, the poorest and yet most populous country in the Arabian Peninsula faces an unprecedented economic crisis, embattled President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi is calling in the cavalry to end his government’s cash haemorrhage.

 

Pan-Arab paper claims Saleh’s immunity lift is imminent

According to al-Quds al Arabi, a prominent pan-Arab newspaper, Yemen President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s latest visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this week will lead to key developments in the country.

 

Benomar voices concern over Amran

On the wake of Amran’s military debacle, the UN Speciaal Envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar expressed utmost dismay toward the Houthis (Zidi group hailing from the northern province of Sa’ada), warning that the UN Security Council would not stand idly as Sana’a’ state sovereignty is being challenged by armed dissidents.

 

Press Statement: Attribute statement to the Government of Yemen:

President Hadi has issued additional steps towards the economic roadmap to help cut government spending and implement urgent economic reforms and cut the deficit. Among the key reforms are:

 

Yemeni authorities slam Houthis for alleged atrocities

Soon after media confirmed that the northern province of Amran fell under the control of the Houthis, a Zaidi group organized under the leadership of Abdel Malek al-Houthi, state officials have accused the group of committing “atrocities.”

 

Yemen Shiite militants Seize control of strategic northern province; Hundreds Killed

Fighters from the pro Shiite Houthis militants group took control of a northwestern province after weeks of clashes against the military, on Tuesday.

 

Amran falls to the Houthis

Following days of the most intense fighting yet to take place in Amran, the regional capital city of the northern Yemeni province of Amran, Houthis fighters (Zaidi group organized under the political denomination: Ansar Allah) managed all odds to gain the upper hand, sending thousands of civilians to flee the war zone.

 

Cycle of violence in northern Amran continues

Despite endless calls for restraint and attempts to mediate a long-lasting truce, clashes in the northern province of Amran, which opposes Houthi militant to the armed forces has intensified since Friday, with as many as 35 death in the past 48 hours.

 

Soldier killed in attack in Hadramout

One soldier was killed on Saturday in a terrorist attack on a security building in Hadramout province, south Yemen.

 

AQ Kills 6 troops in South Yemen attack

Suspected Al Qaeda militants killed six troops when they ambushed their vehicle in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, three Interior Ministry said. The militants escaped unharmed in two pick up vehicles.

 

Yemen Military Bombards Houthi Fighters; 65 Killed

The Yemeni air force bombed Houthi fighters north of Sanaa on Sunday in fighting that killed at least 65 people from both sides including 11 civilians, local officials told Yemen Post.

 

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