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LATEST UPDATES Joint Press Release: The Embassy of Japan andUNHCR distribute UNIQLO clothes to people in need in Yemen :: Dealing with insolvency in Yemen :: Four security officers have been killed in the past 24 hours :: Identifying al-Qaeda’s dead :: Yemen crude oil export on free fall for February :: Prison breakout averted in al-Baydha :: Dozens of al-Qaeda militants are killed in broad air offensive :: Second drone strike against al-Qaeda positions in 48 hours :: The kidnapping of children in Yemen :: Technological breakthrough is attributed to Yemeni national ::
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Joint Press Release: The Embassy of Japan andUNHCR distribute UNIQLO clothes to people in need in Yemen

The Embassy of Japan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have distributed today in Sana’a the clothes donated by Japanese citizens to Yemeni families in need. Over 200,000 clothes arriving from Japan through UNIQLO, a famed Japanese garment retailer, are to be distributed to over 63,000 individuals in Yemen, in collaboration with the Yemeni Government and UNHCR.

 

Four security officers have been killed in the past 24 hours

Security sources have confirmed on Tuesday that over the past 24 hours four high ranking security officers have been killed in a string of attacks by armed militants, in what has been perceived as retaliation for the bombing of al-Qaeda position in southern and central Yemen.

 

Identifying al-Qaeda’s dead

Following a massive two-day airstrike against al-Qaeda positions in Yemen, government officials have confirmed they are now trying to identify all the terror militants who were taken out during the attack.
It was reported in Tuesday that an estimated 55 Islamists were killed, among whom several key al-Qaeda leaders.

 

Dealing with insolvency in Yemen

Looking in to Yemen’s penitentiary system, Human Rights Watch said to have discovered a troubling trend whereby a great many people have been sent to jail for long period of time over insolvency issues.

 

Prison breakout averted in al-Baydha

Security sources confirmed on Monday that Yemen security services managed to foil an attempted break-out at al-Baydha Central Prison this Sunday. The Interior Ministry confirmed that elements within the prison staged a riot, hoping to create enough of a distraction to allow inmates to escape unnoticed.

 

Dozens of al-Qaeda militants are killed in broad air offensive

The Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement made to the press late on Monday that an estimated 55 alleged al-Qaeda operatives have been killed in a major air offensive across several southern and central Yemeni provinces.

 

Second drone strike against al-Qaeda positions in 48 hours

With the Friends of Yemen set to begin on April 29th in London, Yemeni officials have intensified their campaign against al-Qaeda, keen to prove how committed they are to defeat the region’s enemy number one.

 

The kidnapping of children in Yemen

According to a report published by Seyaj Organization for Childhood Protection, Yemeni-based human rights organizations, there have been an estimated 124 children have been kidnapped over the past year. This new data was made public at a press conference in Sana’a earlier last week.

 

Yemen moves toward social inclusion, UNICEF campaign

Amid calls for better social integration and inclusion, government officials have announced that UNICEF in partnership with the Social Welfare Fund (SWF) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour will launch a program in Taiz (Yemen’ second most populous metropolis) which aims to map out Yemen’s Akhdam community, aka, the Muhamasheen (the marginalized ones).

 

Yemen FM warns - security is one of the main challenges facing Yemen

Following the death of yet another Yemeni soldier in the capital, Sana’a and the publication of an al-Qaeda video, featuring the infamous terror commander, Nasser al-Wuhaishi addressing hundreds of Islamic militants, Yemen Foreign Minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi told Asharq al-Awsat (pan-Arab newspaper), “security is one of the main challenges facing Yemen.”

 

Death of New Zealander in drone strike generates controversy

Since it emerged that two New Zealanders were killed in a US-led drone strike last November in Yemen, rights organizations and other NGOs once again called for an immediate review of Washington’s extra-territorial counter-terror strategy, arguing that such targeted killings cannot be justifies within the parameters of the law.

 

Al Qaeda sends clear warning to US and its allies

If anyone was ever in doubt of al-Qaeda’s pull and reach in Yemen, a recent video dated March 2014 uploaded online should suffice to convince any sceptic of the tangible and very real threat posed by the terror group.

 

Yemen porous borders with Saudi Arabia

According to Saudi security officials over 15,000 illegal migrants, among whom traffickers and hardened criminals were stopped while attempting to cross over onto Saudi Arabia through Yemen porous northern region in the past 45 days.

 

Security campaign kicks off in Hajjah

Spurred on by the Interior Ministry, officials in Hajjah, a northern province of Yemen, kicked off a security campaign on Sunday which aimed to address the issue of weapons-carrying in the region.

 

Al-Qaeda assassinate high ranking official in al-Baydha

Security officials confirmed on Tuesday morning that al-Qaeda operatives assassinated al-Baydha deputy governor, Hussein Dayan, in yet another targeted attack.

 

Yemen’s first constitutional draft to be ready within four months

Dr. Ulfat al-Duba’I, a member of Yemen constitution drafting committee confirmed on Monday that according to projections, Yemenis could expect the first draft of their new constitution to be completed within the next four months. The drafting of a new constitution will mark the country’s last transfer of power stage and close the book on Yemen’s institutional overall, a process which has been painstakingly slow, notwithstanding the many hurdles and political roadblocks it had to overcome.

 

Saudi border guard is gunned down near Yemeni border

For the second time in less than a week Saudi border guards were targeted by unidentified armed men as they patrolled near the Yemeni border.

 

Foreign doctor is kidnapped in Yemen

Officials at the Interior Ministry confirmed on Monday that a foreign doctor from Uzbekistan (a country located directly north of Afghanistan and south of Russia) had been kidnapped by armed tribesmen in what appear to be a tribal spat with the government.

 

Wanted Suspect Farook Abdulhak Illegally Issued 2nd Identity in Yemen

According to several reports published in Norway, Farook Abdulhak, a suspect in a London killing in 2008, was issued a false identity in 2011, at the height of Yemen uprising, in view of a potential forced-exit from the country.

 

Fresh protests hit the Yemeni capital

Amid more reports of al-Qaeda-related activities in Yemen’ southern region, hundreds of anti-government protesters once again took to the streets on Sunday to express their disappointment toward the coalition government.

 

Soldier dies in Hadhramawt

Local official in the south-eastern province of Hadhramawt confirmed reports which alleged that a soldier perished by the hands of armed militant, in a raid against an outpost near Tarim, the regional capital.

 

Women rights activist calls for change in Yemen

Three years into the Arab Spring and many activists have said to be disappointing. Many feel the social reforms they were so set on bringing about have failed to materialized, swallowed whole by the system. With a myriad of issues and over-lapping crises to deal with, state officials have tend to procrastinate when it comes to human and social rights issues, especially when relating to the status of women.

 

Press Statement: Humanitarian Coordinator concerned over situation in Amran

Sana’a, 10 April 2014 – The Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen has called on parties to the situation in Amran Governorate to avoid further escalation of the conflict and allow humanitarian partners full and unfettered access to people affected, to ensure the delivery of assistance and effective protection of civilians.

 

The disappearance of Sharif Mobley

Reprieve, a UK-based NGO which works range from providing legal services, to investigating human rights violations and campaigning against unlawful detention as well as arrest, has called earlier this week on the Yemeni government to make the location of US national Sharif Mobley known.

 

Two Saudi soldiers gunned down at Yemeni border

Officials at the Interior Ministry in Sana’a confirmed reports that two Saudi border-guards had been killed while patrolling in the southern Saudi province of Asir which lies directly north of Yemen northern territories.

 

Roadside bomb in Lahj explodes near public market

Local officials in the southern province of Lahj confirmed on Thursday that a roadside bomb severely injured at least six civilians earlier in the day. AFP quoted an official as saying under cover of anonymity, "A small bus touched off an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near a crowded public market in Yafea region in Lahj province.

 

Yemen and United States discuss military cooperation

Yemen Army's Chief of General Staff, Gen. Ahmed Ali al-Ashwal met on Tuesday evening with his US counterpart, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey in Washington DC to discuss military cooperation.

 

Human Rights Watch wants to speed up Yemen’s Gitmo prisoners return home

Determined to let out on its efforts to see all Yemenis Gitmo detainees returned back home, Human Rights Watch once again called on the US President Barack Obama to make good on his promise to speed procedures.

 

Prime Minister denies plan to lift oil subsidies, the debate continues

Keen to put to rest rumours and media reports warning of an imminent lift of oil subsidies, Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa issued a statement on Monday in which he categorically refuted Yemen central government would announce an end to petroleum subsidies in a bid to shore up liquidities.

 

Armed militants seek to derail Yemen’s power transfer

If ever anyone was in doubt that powerful forces have been bent on derailing Yemen’s transfer of power and transition from an autocracy to a vibrant civil state,

 

Al-Qaeda returns to the offensive

Terror militants disguised as policemen targeted a military-manned checkpoint near Mukalla, in the south-eastern province of Hadhramawt on Tuesday, killing four soldiers. Completely caught off guard by the militants, soldiers could not have predicted such an attack, especially given the fact that their attackers all appeared to be genuine policemen and thus friendly.

 

Plotting against President Hadi

According to several media reports, al-Qaeda Yemen would be plotting to assassinate President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi in order to foil the impoverished nation’s institutional progress and revert the country to a state of utter chaos.

 

Police arrest UN workers’ kidnappers

Yemen Security Forces announced on Monday its men had managed to identify and apprehend a gang of kidnappers, all thirteen of them after it was established they were responsible for kidnapping two UN aid workers earlier in March. Keen to crackdown on such criminal trend security officials vowed last month to address Sana’a growing insecurity crisis.

 

International site: Al Qaeda announces campaign against the Houthis

The Long War Journal which monitors terror groups such al-Qaeda activities in the Middle East and beyond, warned in a report published earlier this week that al-Qaeda Yemen had splintered yet again, as to form a faction which sole purpose would be to fight Houthi rebels in Yemen northern region.

 

Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar’s office manager injured

On Saturday, Fawaz al-Dhibri, the director of the office of General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar was wounded by a roadside bomb explosion in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a in what is believed to have a botched assassination attempt.

 

Trading weapons in Yemen

When reporters came across a Facebook page which advertises weapons to Yemenis, at a time when the impoverished nation has been described as free falling into chaos, the media immediately jumped the gun – no pun intended, slamming Yemen officials for not cracking down on such a dangerous trend, especially given the fact that al-Qaeda militants could be lurking around.

 

Al Qaeda attacks soldiers in Hadhramawt

A day after al-Qaeda militants targeted the military in Aden, officials in the south-eastern province of Hadhramawt confirmed that terror militants had attacked yet another military outpost near al-Qatn.

 

Former South Yemen President admits to Iran ties

Less than a week after Iran strongly denied having tried to influence or meddle within Yemen internal affairs, former South Yemen President, Ali Salem al-Baidh defiantly admitted to have politically leaned on Tehran to further his secession bid.

 

Yemen launches new Polio vaccination campaign

Even though Yemen has battled Polio for several decades, the disease has resurfaced on account of Yemen’s ongoing influx of refugee from the Horn of Africa, mainly Somalia where many migrants have been found to have contracted the virus.

 

Yemen Interior Ministry deplores security situation, calls for reforms

As soon as Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Abdo al-Tarab was appointed at his new post he wasted no time in running a quick assessment of the ministry, keen to determine the level of professionalism of his men and their readiness should an emergency arise.

 

Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Aden’s attack

Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility on Thursday for Wednesday’s attack against the Fourth Brigade, which headquarters is located in Aden. The terror attack which took place early on Wednesday and claimed the lives of a reported 20 people, among whom civilians, aimed to disable Aden’s first line of defence as terror militants seek to set up roots in the seaport city, keen on replicating 2011 scenario, when the group seized large swathes of lands.

 

Fighting Yemen drone program

On April 1st, a group of activists and families of drone victims came together to announce the establishment of the first Yemeni anti-drone organization. The National Organization for Drone Victims aims to criminalize drone strikes as to abolish them and thus prevent the military and any other governmental agency form using such technology against Islamic radicalism.

 

Terror attack in Aden leaves six soldiers dead

State officials confirm on Wednesday that Islamic militants linked to al-Qaeda targeted earlier today a major military headquarters in the southern seaport of Aden, an area which carries much importance geo-strategically as it sits directly on Bab al-Mandeb and offers an opening onto both the Africa and Asia, a crossroad of sorts in between continents.

 

Iran denies any meddling in Yemen internal affairs

A day after President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s comments to al-Hayat regarding Iran’s alleged meddling within Yemen internal affairs, Tehran was keen to respond to the such scathing remark, reiterating that it inherently support any country’s right to self-determination.

 

Al Qaeda Yemen slams Saudi Arabia for selling out to Washington

Earlier this week Reuters reported that al-Qaeda Yemen releases an audio tape in which senior AQAP official Ibrahim al-Rubayash openly criticised Saudi Arabia’s new set of counter-terror measures, warning that no matter the deterrent Islamists will never shy away from their holy duty. Al-Rubayash then slammed the KSA for allegedly having sold out to the United States of America, having become but Washington’s mere pawns in the region.

 

US-led drone strike in Abyan takes down al-Qaeda operatives

Less than a week after President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi expressed his unconditional support of drone strikes as a valuable tool against terror, officials confirmed that a US-led drone strike targeted on Tuesday a vehicle believed to be linked to well-known terror militants.

 

President Hadi defends use of drone in war against terror

As rights activists both in and out of Yemen continue to debate the legality of drones as counter-terror weapons, President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi clearly positioned himself in favour, stressing to al-Hayat (pan-Arab newspaper) that regardless of the controversy, unmanned planes remained Yemen’s best line of defence, somewhat paraphrasing US President Barak Obama.

 

MPs erupt in anger over perceived lack of political resolve

When parliamentarians met on Sunday to discuss recent developments in Yemen, they did so with fury, determined to voice their deep anger toward President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’ seemingly lack of political consistency.

 

Former President Saleh strikes back at Revolutionary youth

In comments made to al-Hayat newspaper, President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi called on Iran to end its incessant meddling within Yemen’s internal affairs, decrying the instability such political interventionism had had on the impoverished nation at such a particular juncture in its history.

 

Media claim the Houthis seek to further challenge central government authority

Several local media have claimed over the past few days that the Houthis (a Shiite group organized under the leadership of Abdel-Malek al-Houthi) plan to further challenge the government authority, only this time further south, in Aden, the former capital of South Yemen.
 

 

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