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Seven Yemeni soldiers were killed

Posted by FREE ADEN on September 14, 2009

Taken from video issued by Hothies leader Abdel Malik al-Howthi Media office.

Taken from video issued by Hothies leader Abdel Malik al-Howthi Media office.

Seven Yemeni soldiers, including a colonel, were killed in an ambush in the northern mountains as they pressed a month-old offensive against Shiite rebels, the army confirmed on Monday.

Earlier witnesses told AFP the ambush took place late on Sunday on the road linking Saada province — a rebel stronghold on the Saudi border — with Jawf province further east.

Four rebels were later killed in the same area as they clashed with troops, the witnesses added.

A military source said air strikes targeted rebel positions after the ambush, and added that the dead officer, Colonel Saleh al-Malawi, was given a full military funeral in Sanaa attended by President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

On Sunday, the army said that it killed 22 rebels and captured seven more in different operations over the weekend, as it intensified efforts to reopen key routes in Saada province and Amran province to its south.

By: AFP

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Zeidi Fighters Seize Military Base

Posted by FREE ADEN on September 13, 2009

Hothi’s are capturing more territories and war machineries

Hothi’s are capturing more territories and war machineries

As clashes intensify, Yemeni Zeidi fighters say they have seized a military base, army weapons and arrested 85 soldiers.

The fighters led by Abdolmalek al-Houthi took control of the military base in Harf Sufian district of Amran province in northern Yemen, a website for Houthi fighters said in a statement.

The statement also rejected reports that the Yemeni army was advancing in the region despite increased military attacks.

The attack comes as the clashes continue to rise between the army and the fighters, with the army bombarding different northern areas. Houthi fighters say the army uses forbidden weapons including phosphorus bombs against them.

Apart from clashes in Harf Sufian district the army extended attacks in al-Mulahit but the fighters could repel them and destroyed a tank and a military vehicle.

Fighting between Yemeni troops backed by fighter aircraft and Zeidi fighters has killed dozens, mostly fighters, since the government launched a wide offensive against Shia tribes earlier in the month.

The Zeidi fighters have been engaged in on and off fighting with government forces since 2004.

The government accuses the fighters of seeking to reinstate the imamate rule, which ended in a 1962 coup. The Houthis, however, say they are defending themselves against religious oppression.

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The Yemen child bride dies while giving birth

Posted by FREE ADEN on September 13, 2009

Nojud Ali became the first Yemeni child bride to break tribal tradition and demand a divorce

Nojud Ali became the first Yemeni child bride to break tribal tradition and demand a divorce

A 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage, has died during a difficult delivery in which her baby also died, a children’s rights organisation said on Sunday, demanding action to stop Yemeni men taking child brides.

“The child, Fawziya Abdullah Youssef, died on Friday September 11 in western Yemen at the age of 12 due to a complicated delivery,” the Yemeni Organisation for Childhood Protection (Seyaj) said.

The organisation said its volunteers had confirmed that doctors had been unable to save Fawziya’s life after she suffered complications from the delivery.

Raised in an impoverished family with a father suffering from kidney failure, Fawziya was forced to drop out of school and married off at the age of 11. She got pregnant a year later, the group said.

“The lack of a statutory minimum age for marriage makes it impossible for local officials to ban child marriages, especially among girls, or to punish their parents or spouses for the disastrous consequences of such marriages,” Seyaj said, adding that such marriages are widespread on Yemen’s Red Sea coast.

“The case of Fawziya illustrates the tragedy of those whom we call ‘the brides of death’, who are little girls, less than 15 years old, forced into marriage, mostly due to financial reasons,” Seyaj director Ahmed al-Qorashi told AFP.

“The proportion of little girls and teenage females married before 15 is nearly 50 percent” in rural parts of Yemen, one of the world’s poorest countries despite its proximity to oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

“These marriages are the result of poverty, ignorance and illiteracy, and lead to the destruction of the lives of these young girls, whose opinion is not taken in consideration,” Qorashi added.

 Last year, a Yemeni court granted a divorce to an eight-year-old girl whose unemployed father forced her into an arranged marriage with a man 20 years her senior, saying he feared she might otherwise be kidnapped by the would-be spouse.

The case of Nojud Mohammed Ali shed light on the suffering of the many adolescent girls forced into marriage.

“This is a real tragedy in which the government is the top responsible party, because the president (Ali Abdullah Saleh) has until now not promulgated the law (on a minimum age for marriage) adopted by parliament in February,” said the lawyer who obtained Nojud’s divorce, Shaza Nasser.

 She said the government “should launch awareness campaigns in rural areas and prevent clerics from concluding marriage contracts” for girls under the age of 17.

She said authorities also had the duty to make sure girls received schooling in a country where illiteracy rates are estimated at 33.4 percent among men and reach 76 percent among women.

 Since she won Nojud’s case, Nasser has been contacted by many girls in similar situations who were encouraged to speak out by her success in the courts. She has already helped a 10-year-old girl, Arwa, to get a divorce.

She said she was currently working on the case of a teenager who had been married off by her father at the age of two because he needed the money. The marriage contract allowed her to remain with her parents until the age of 13 when she was expected to consummate the union.

 

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Yemen Faces Specter of Anarchy

Posted by FREE ADEN on September 11, 2009

President of Arab Republic of Yemen - Ali Abduallah Saleh Al Ahmer

President of Arab Republic of Yemen - Ali Abduallah Saleh Al Ahmer

By Patrick Seale…

In power for more than 30 years, Field Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen‘s veteran president, is battling for his political life. He has ruled the north since 1978, and the whole country since 1990, but the problems now assailing him from all sides are the worst he has ever had to deal with.

Many of the problems he faces have roots in the key events of Yemen’s often violent past – in particular, the overthrow of the theocratic Zaidi Imamate by a republican coup in 1962, and the union in 1990 of North Yemen, ruled by Saleh’s People’s Conference Party, with South Yemen, then ruled by the Socialist Party. The union has not been altogether successful.

One might say that history has caught up with the embattled Saleh. The South is once again clamouring to secede from the union and establish its own independent state, under the leadership of Ali Salem Al Beid, a former president of the southern region.

Heading the pressure for secession is the so-called Peaceful Southern Mobilisation Movement, which is clearly not as peaceful as its name suggests. Indeed, the south appears to be arming itself in preparation for a new confrontation. This summer has seen a spate of violent demonstrations against the government in Sana’a – and, in response, a violent crackdown by authorities.

An enemy of the central government who is at least as dangerous is Abd Al Malik Al Huthi, leader of a rebel movement in the north of the country, which has been battling the government on and off since 2004. Al Malik’s relative, Hussain Al Huthi, the first leader of the movement, was killed in the early months of the rebellion. Saleh has vowed to crush the rebels, accusing the Al Huthis of wanting to destroy the Republic and restore the Zaidi Imamate.

This month, he sent his army on a punitive expedition against the northern rebels – Operation Scorched Earth – which, according to Aboudou Karimou Adjibade, the Unicef’s representative in Yemen, has led to the flight, in great distress, of more than 100,000 people, many of them children. The UNHCR in Geneva says that, in the rebel stronghold of Sa’ada, capital of Yemen‘s northernmost province on the Saudi border, 35,000 people have fled their homes in the past two weeks alone. The UN World Food Programme airlifted 40 tonnes of high-energy biscuits to Yemen last week to feed the refugees. But access to them is difficult because of the fighting.

Government troops, backed by aircraft and artillery, have tried to open the roads to Sa’ada, which the rebels had managed to block. But the rebels still control the mountains overlooking the town. This is the worst outbreak of violence in Yemen since the 1994 war of secession. Casualties are said to be very great.

Although the Al Huthis are Zaidis – a branch of Shiite Islam – it is not clear whether they really aspire to restore the Imamate or are simply rebelling against what they consider unfair treatment and economic discrimination by Sana’a. They are certainly demanding a degree of autonomy.

In any event, the conflict is threatening to draw in outside powers. Yemen’s Information Minister Ahmad Al Lawzi has indirectly accused Iran of supporting the Al Huthi rebels, while the Yemeni army has claimed to have captured Iranian-made weapons – including machine-guns, short-range rockets and ammunition.

These uprisings in the north and south have caught Saleh and his government at a difficult moment. Oil production at about 320,000 barrels daily is dwindling. The fall in oil prices has hit the country hard. A population growth rate of well over three per cent – the highest in the Middle East – is expected to boost the population from 18 million at present to 35 million in 2029, exacerbating social and economic problems.

A perennial Yemeni problem is the production of qat, a drug to which many Yemenis are addicted. It is a major source of tax revenue, but also a source of great corruption. It also contributes to Yemen‘s grave water shortage.

If this were not enough, Yemen appears to have attracted Al Qaida cells, including the one responsible for the bombing of USS Cole in the port of Aden in October 2000, which killed 17 US sailors. Many suspected Al Qaida operatives were rounded up and jailed, but in February 2006, 23 of them – including those believed responsible for the bombing of the USS Cole – managed to escape by tunnelling out of prison. Among those who escaped was Nasser Al Wahayshi, a former secretary of Osama Bin Laden, who is thought to be the leader of the Al Qaida in Yemen.

Reports suggest that cells in Yemen and Saudi Arabia have united to form Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula raising fears of Yemen being a terrorist haven.

Yemen may need the mediation of neighbouring countries – including the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia and even Iran – to help it resolve its internal conflicts. Above all, it urgently needs help for health, education, economic development and job creation.

USAID is this year providing Yemen with the paltry sum of $24 million (Dh88.08 million), in scandalous contrast to the billions being wasted by the US on unwinnable and unnecessary wars.

 

Patrick Seale is a commentator and author of several books on Middle East affairs.

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Banned Bombs Used by Yemeni Army on Saada.

Posted by FREE ADEN on September 11, 2009

This clip proves that the Yemeni army is using an internationally banned bombs, and this kind of bombs is part of the other ones the Arab Republic of Yemen’s army is using the current war on Saada.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxuUY4Qq5hE

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Iraqi Official: Yemen harbors Ba’athists and al-Qaeda

Posted by FREE ADEN on September 11, 2009

MP Izzat Shabandar accuses the Yemeni Regime of harboring Ba'athists and al-Qaeda

MP Izzat Shabandar accuses the Yemeni Regime of harboring Ba’athists and al-Qaeda

A number of Iraqi lawmakers have rejected claims that Baghdad is supporting Yemeni rebels and in turn accused San’a of harboring Ba’athist and al-Qaeda leaders.

Responding to the recent accusations, several parliamentarians said the claims were an attempt to cover up Yemen’s role in hiding Ba’athist and al-Qaeda leaders and supporting their violent activities in Iraq, the local Awan daily reported.

“The claims that Yemen has fabricated are amusing because everyone knows that Iraq does not currently have the ability to support third-party opposition in some Arab country,” Independent MP Izzat Shabandar told the paper.

“Even if Yemen’s accusations about Baghdad’s support for the opposition were true, Yemen would measure far worse than Iraq on this scale, because it is still home to the Ba’athists, elements of the former regime, al Qaeda and other extremist groups,” he added.

Yemeni officials have been throwing around accusations at Iraq, Iran and several other regional countries, accusing them of aiding the Houthi rebels that are fighting back government troops in the north.

 

The Yemeni military launched an offensive against the Shia Zaidis in Sa’dah and Amran provinces three weeks ago, accusing the Zaidis of trying to restore a Zaidi imamate system, overthrown in a 1962 coup.

Zaidi Shias – also known as Houthis – say they are defending themselves against religious oppression and they have vowed to fight until their rights are achieved if the attacks continue.

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Mosque attack Part of the War on Saadah

Posted by FREE ADEN on September 11, 2009

Taken from video issued by Hothies leader Abdel Malik al-Howthi Media office.

Taken from video issued by Hothies leader Abdel Malik al-Howthi Media office.

As clashes between fighters and the Yemeni army continue in northern provinces, tensions arise after the army targets a mosque that it claims was being used as a ‘rebel hideout.’

Residents of Sa’dah, a city which witnesses intensified clashes, believe that by targeting the Imam Hadi mosque, the government is cracking down on the Shia Zaidi community, a Yemeni website reported on Thursday.

The government, which has called for the arrest of Zaidi clerics such as Sheikh Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi, Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saleh Hadi Qasemi and Judge Abdulraham Mashham Sa’di, says Houthi fighters were using the mosque as a refuge.

The mosque is not the first one to be targeted, as tens of other religious centers have already been attacked in the government crackdown on Houthi fighters, according to the report.

 

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Torturing Increased of South Arabian’s Political Prisoners

Posted by FREE ADEN on September 11, 2009

Mr. Naser Mahfooz Baqzqooz

Mr. Naser Mahfooz Baqzqooz

Some South Arabian news agencies have mentioned incessantly that occupation forces of the Arab Republic of Yemen are torturing south Arabian detainees who are arrested while demonstrating against the Yemeni occupation. The torturing have been reported many times in the government of Hadramoot with a supervision of highly ranked security officials from Sana’a, especially Central Security and Political Security.

Most of the torturing has been carried out for prisoners in Mukalla at the central jail, then captives sent to separate cells and can not meet anyone. A family of one of the detainee, of Mr. Naser Mahfooz Baqzqooz,  was able to meet with him and witnessed his body full of torturing marks.

We at Free Aden call all local, regional and international human rights and humanitarian organizations to interfere into this matter and release the prisoners who are being kept for months without any clear charges or fair prosecutions.

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Extreme Humanitarian Crisis in Saada

Posted by FREE ADEN on August 27, 2009

Hothi’s are capturing more territories and war machineries

Hothi’s are capturing more territories and war machineries

Fighting between government forces and rebels in Yemen’s northwest area has displaced hundereds of thousands of people, creating humanitarian crisis, aid agencies said.

 “The humanitarian situation in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps in war-ravaged Saada and neighbouring governorates in northern Yemen is worsening due to a lack of basic services – water, sanitation and food” (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman said. She added “The ongoing conflict in Saada has forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes at great risks to their lives and well-being. Children and women represent the majority of the displaced”. She aslo added “Thousands more families remain trapped inside the conflict zone, unable to reach safer areas”.

 

The United Nations Children’s Fund said it has been working to remove refugees from battle zones and provide critically needed supplies such as safe drinking water and medicine. According to UN agencies, there are some 120,000 IDPs (internally displaced persons) in Saada and the neighbouring governorates of al-Jawf, Hajjah and Amran as a result of intermittent fighting between government forces and Houthi rebels since June 2004. The latest clashes broke out officially on 12 August 2009, killing and injuring hundreds of government troops, rebels and civilians. adding that its team on the ground said there had been no water or electricity in Saada city since 10 August, and No telecommunication for almost a month.

“Thousands of people have fled the fighting to seek refuge in Saada city and surrounding areas. They probably could not take much with them, and many are now left stranded without even a roof to protect them from the rain,” Jean-Nicolas Marti, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, said.

 

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Water Blockage Demonstrations in the Capital Aden

Posted by FREE ADEN on August 26, 2009

Many Demonstrations in South Arabia demanding liberation

Many Demonstrations in South Arabia demanding liberation

The Capital of South Arabia witnessed many demonstrations in the past 6 days due to the water cut off in all districts in Aden. This water cut off started weeks ago in some distracts in Aden starting with Sheik Othamn district and others which hold many activists from the South Arabian Peaceful Movement.

 

The “Central Security” forces fired tear gas on protesters and used batons to disperse the angry protesters. Some of the protesters were hit and injured badly and a youngster called “Hamdan Murmish” was killed in these demonstrations on 23/8/2009.

 

The occupation authority said that some bombed the water pipe just to pass over their negligence to other people as they always do. However, some source in Aden said that the water infrastructure in Aden is too old and not capable of serving the local community.

 

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