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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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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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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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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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