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Houthis enter main al Qaeda stronghold in central Yemen

THE LEVANT – Houthi fighters backed by Yemeni government forces entered an al Qaeda stronghold in central Yemen on Sunday, local tribesmen said, one day after Sunni Islamist fighters pushed their Shi’ite rivals back. The Houthis moved into al-Manasseh area in al-Bayda province under cover from Katyusha rocket fire from …

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Houthi gains in Yemen: Regional and local dimensions

THE LEVANT – By Afro-Middle East Centre – The striking advances of Houthis in Yemen, having already taken de facto control of the capital Sana’a last month, has implications for Yemen as well as for the greater Middle East. Within Yemen, they signal the return to political prominence of the Zaidi-Shia, …

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Yemen’s Al-Qaeda urges worldwide Muslim support of IS

THE LEVANT – Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based franchise on Friday urged Muslims worldwide to support Islamic State group jihadists in Syria and Iraq in the face of attacks by a US-led military coalition. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, classified by the United States as the network’s deadliest franchise, “prohibits taking part in …

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20 die in Yemen Sunni tribe-Shiite rebel clashes

THE LEVANT – Shiite rebels sweeping across Yemen clashed with Sunni tribesmen on Friday in violence that left 20 people dead, officials said. Twelve Shiite rebels and eight tribesmen died in a battle for control of the predominantly-Sunni provincial capital Ibb which the rebels overran earlier this week, local government …

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The Houthis seize control of Hodeidah

THE LEVANT – Yemeni rebels have captured the Red Sea city of Hodeidah, home to the country’s second most important port, just weeks after seizing the capital, a security official said Tuesday. The Houthi Shiite rebels met little resistance as they swept into Hodeidah, located 226 kilometres (140 miles) west …

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Sectarian strife in Yemen reaching Danger Zone

By Nasser Sahah – The sectarian strife in Yemen we’re facing is not only a political crisis but a sectarian one. It has existed for years but now it’s out in the open; Sunni-Shiite tensions are rising in Yemen. Yemeni Zaidis, from the Shia school of thought, accounts for 40 …

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Yemen Al-Qaeda claims rocket attack near US embassy

THE LEVANT – Yemen’s Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility for a rocket that hit near the US embassy in Sanaa Saturday, shortly after the mission said it was unlikely the target. “Ansar al-Sharia have targeted the US embassy in Sanaa with a (shoulder-launched) LAW rocket,” the jihadist group posted on …

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Yemen cuts fuel prices under deal between Houthis, state

THE LEVANT – The Yemeni government has reduced fuel prices by around 15 percent following a deal with the Ansarullah revolutionaries. The country’s state oil company made the announcement on Wednesday, cutting back a price rise introduced back in July that triggered nationwide protests. The company said the price of petrol …

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Yemen: Provide Whereabouts of ‘Disappeared’ Activist

THE LEVANT –  Yemeni authorities should urgently provide information on the whereabouts of a forcibly disappeared southern movement activist, Human Rights Watch said today, following a letter to the interior minister on September 17, 2014, which received no response. The authorities should provide Khaled al-Junaidi, 42, immediate access to his …

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Iran welcomes ‘political reconciliation’ in Yemen

THE LEVANT – A senior Iranian diplomat says the Islamic Republic welcomes any political reconciliation that would end the ongoing deadlock in Yemen. “The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes any political reconciliation in Yemen, which would guarantee the rights of people and all domestic parties in this country,” Iranian Deputy Foreign …

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Yemenis align with army after al-Qaeda attacks

THE LEVANT – By Abu Bakr Al Yamany – The Yemeni street is rallying around the army in its fight against al-Qaeda in the wake of the group’s brutal attacks which are affecting both lives and livelihoods, officials said. Horrified and panicked by al-Qaeda’s crimes, organisations and individuals in all echelons …

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Can legal changes stop trafficking in Yemen?

THE LEVANT –  A Yemeni draft law envisaging strict penalties for those involved in trafficking migrants, including kidnapping them and demanding ransom, may finally bring an end to decades of exploitation. To give the process a push, the International Labour Organization (ILO) co-hosted a three-day workshop from 6-8 September with …

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Violent clashes in Al Jawf claim lives

THE LEVANT – At least 50 people were killed in clashes between Yemeni soldiers affiliated to Al Islah – Yemen’ Sunni radical faction – and Houthi militants in the northern province of Al Jawf, after Houthi positions were challenged in the area. While the Houthis have worked to cut off …

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Yemeni journalists become shooting targets

THE LEVANT –  A string of attacks on journalists in Yemen have prompted local and international human right organisations to urge the government and warring factions to protect journalists. The latest victims of these attacks were two journalists said to be affiliated to the Houthis group in the capital. The first …

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Houthi leader calls for civil disobedience

THE LEVANT – Defying calls by the U.N. Security Council to end hostilities against the Yemeni government, a Houthi tribal leader on Sunday urged supporters to wage a campaign of civil disobedience until their demands are met. The Houthis have massed tens of thousands of supporters on the outskirts of …

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Yemen – Al Qaeda execute alleged collaborators

THE LEVANT – Al-Qaeda militants have executed three men they accuse of planting electronic chips in the network’s vehicles to help US drones target them, a security official said Monday. Scores of Al-Qaeda suspects, including some of the network’s leaders, have been killed in drone strikes in Yemen. . “Al-Qaeda militants executed …

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Yemen President wants to negotiate with Al Qaeda

THE LEVANT –  Yemen’s President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi said on Saturday that his government was ready to negotiate with Al-Qaeda, provided that the militant organization gets foreign nationals fighting within its ranks outside Yemen. “We are ready to negotiate with Al-Qaeda in case it gets foreign nationals fighting within …

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Yemen fuel subsidy cuts hit poor hardest

THE LEVANT – A sharp increase in fuel prices threatens to plunge hundreds of thousands of Yemenis into poverty and food insecurity in the Arab world’s poorest country – particularly if regular welfare payments to Yemen’s poorest people continue to be dispersed erratically, aid organizations have warned. The government’s decision to …

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President Hadi warns the Houthis – video –

THE LEVANT – Yemen’s president Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi  has warned the Houthis, a faction organized under the leadership of Abdel-Malek Al Houthi leading mass protests in the country’s capital that the United States and other world powers oppose the “rebellion.” President  Hadi’s remarks Wednesday, carried by Yemen’s official SABA news agency, …

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Houthi demonstration in Sana’a

THE LEVANT – The Houthis of Yemen have vowed to force all Islamists out of government. While the group’s most fervent detractors insist the Houthis represent a threat to national security, militants and supporters of Abdel-Malel Al Houthi have warned no amount of propaganda or intimidation will make them abandon …

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Tensions rise in the Yemeni capital

THE LEVANT – A presidential negotiating team Sunday, August 24, abandoned talks with the Houthis, accusing them of seeking to ignite a war, as the tension-filled Yemeni capital braced for rival protests. President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s envoys had held talks with rebel commander Abdel-Malek al-Houthi since Thursday, August 21, …

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Al Qaeda Yemen gets behind ISIL

THE LEVANT – The most terrifying and brutal branch of Al Qaeda, the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), vows its solidarity with the ISIS against the American and Iranian conspiracy and their agents of the apostate Gulf rulers. The solidarity was announced after U.S. launched air strikes in Iraq against the …

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Benomar issues communique on Yemen situation

THE LEVANT –  The following is a copy of a communique issued by Jamal Benomar, UN Special Adviser to Yemen. Statement from the Office of the Special Adviser on ‪Yemen The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Yemen,‪ Jamal_Benomar‬, is doing his utmost to help address the roots of the current …

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Yemen’s waiting game

THE LEVANT – Thousands of supporters of Yemen’s powerful Shiite rebel group escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of a prime minister they depict as “manipulated” by their rival Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. In their fifth …

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The Houthis stage massive demonstrations across Yemen

[embedplusvideo height=”450″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1qxXR8T” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/dCggS7zNzPw?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=dCggS7zNzPw&width=450&height=450&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep8353″ /] THE LEVANT  – Abdel Malek Al Houthi’s call for mobilization has been answered by hundreds of thousands of Yemenis this Friday. As Houthi militants and supporters of the movement have flooded the streets of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, one cannot deny the …

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