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What’s cooking in Yemen

THE LEVANT – Is A showdown brewing in Yemen? On August 17th the Houthis, a Shia rebel group based in northern Yemen, issued an ultimatum to the government in Sana’a. Yemen’s president, they said, had five days to cut fuel prices and dissolve the government—or face a rerun of the 2011 revolution that …

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WFP to aid Yemen destitutes

THE LEVANT – The World Food Program – WFP – announced on Sunday working to provide aid to six million impoverished Yemenis over the next two years. “We want to help [Yemeni] people help themselves,” Bishow Parajuli, WFP project director, said in a statement. He added that the WFP’s upcoming project …

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Yemen peace committee negotiates with the Houthis

THE LEVANT  -A committee appointed by Yemen’s presidency to mediate a ceasefire in the northern Al-Jawf province between the army and allied tribes on one hand and Zaidi Houthi militants (branch of Shia Islam) on the other was reassigned to try to restore calm in the volatile province, a tribal …

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Journalists under fire in Yemen

THE LEVANT – Militias and security forces targeting news providers as security crisis intensifies. Reporters Without Borders is gravely concerned about the security situation in Yemen, in which journalists are easy prey for both sides in the armed rebellion under way in the country’s northwest. A national dialogue, concluded in January …

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Yemen President vows to revenge his soldiers’ death

THE LEVANT – Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Monday (August 11th) vowed to track down the gunmen who killed 14 soldiers last week in Hadramaut province, the official Yemeni news agency Saba reported. Speaking at the first meeting of the national authority for monitoring the implementation of National Dialogue Conference outputs, …

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Killing Yemen former President

THE LEVANT – The Yemeni authorities are investigating a tunnel dug near ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s residence, the official news agency reported Tuesday, as his party charged it was an assassination plot. Former strongman Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years before being forced out in February 2012 and replaced by …

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Yemen soldiers are slaughtered by Al Qaeda

THE LEVANT -An al Qaeda-affiliated group in Yemen said it killed 14 soldiers in an eastern province as revenge for an army offensive against its members, while a U.S. drone attack killed three suspected militants in central Yemen on Saturday, an official said. The Yemeni army has sent extra troops …

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Al Qaeda Yemen increases its offensive against the state

THE LEVANT – Militants have killed at least nine soldiers in attacks in south and eastern Yemen over the past three days, local officials said on Monday, just as the government sent more troops to the east to confront a growing al Qaeda threat. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), exploiting …

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Yemen protests fuel prizes

THE LEVANT – Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen’s Shiite rebels took to Sanaa’s streets on Monday demanding the government’s ouster over its decision to hike fuel prices. “The people want to overthrow the corrupt government,” the demonstrators chanted as they marched to central Sanaa from Change Square, the epicentre …

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WFP shifts from relief toward resilience in Yemen

THE LEVANT –  By Eva Donelli – Yemen finds itself in the midst of a deteriorating humanitarian crisis, its people having to deal with rising poverty, a breakdown of social services, diminishing resources, internal conflict and political instability. According to Bishow Parajuli, World Food Program’s country director in Yemen, food and fuel prices …

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Yemen IDPs mull return to Amran after ceasefire

THE LEVANT – Thousands of people displaced by recent heavy fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces in the city of Amran in northern Yemen are looking to return to their homes following a recent Houthi withdrawal, but they face significant challenges. The conflict began over three months ago after clashes …

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The case of Sharif Mobley

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – 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. No confirmation was however given on Mobley’s …

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Those who pray together

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – 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. …

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More soldiers die by the hands of Al Qaeda

THE LEVANT –  At least five Yemeni policemen were killed Friday evening when suspected Al Qaeda gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in the southeastern province of al-Bayda, an interior ministry official said. “Heavily armed gunmen fired machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades on a checkpoint manned by police troops near the main entrance of …

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Traveling for peace, a Yemeni turns globe trotter

THE LEVANT – 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. Al Qassemi has said that by walking through towns and …

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Al Qaeda loses religious ground in Yemen

THE LEVANT  – 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 …

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Tribal dissidents blow up oil pipeline in Yemen

Tribesmen blew up Yemen s main oil pipeline Saturday, halting deliveries from oilfields in the interior to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red Sea, provincial and tribal sources said. The pipeline, which carries some 100,000 barrels of oil per day from fields in the restive eastern province of Marib, …

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Houthis hand back army camp to Yemeni government

The Houthi Yemeni group, “Ansarullah”,  handed back an army camp to the Yemeni government on Saturday, a spokesman for the group said, to try to defuse tensions caused by the capture of a provincial capital north of Sanaa this week. The fall of Omran, some 50 kms (31 miles) north …

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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 hemorrhage. While Yemen has benefited from exceptional financial and political support from both the GCC countries …

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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. Making mention of Sana’a central government’s new northern front against the Houthis, a group of armed tribal militants organized …

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McClatchy wants Yemen to restore US journalist visa

McClatchy has asked the president of Yemen to direct his government to issue a new visa to Adam Baron, McClatchy’s special correspondent in that country. Baron was expelled from the country in May without explanation. Anders Gyllenahaal, McClatchy vice president for news and the newspaper group’s Washington editor, said McClatchy …

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Yemen slams Houthis for alleged ‘atrocities’ near Sana’a

Yemeni authorities on Wednesday accused Shiite rebels of having carried out “atrocities” in the northern city of Amran, near the capital, that they seized after three days of fierce fighting.Houthi Shiite rebels, known as Ansarullah, “stormed the headquarters of the 310th Armoured Brigade, looted weapons and equipment there, and killed …

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The Houthis stand at Sana’a’s door

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 …

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