Yémen - Yemen
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ALERTE - Yémen: trois otages finlandais et autrichien libérés SANAA - Deux ressortissants finlandais et un autrichien, enlevés en décembre au Yémen, ont été libérés par des hommes d'une tribu sur la frontière avec Oman et remis aux autorités de ce pays, a-t-on appris jeudi auprès d'un haut responsable yéménite. Les trois ex-otages, libérés dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi, sont actuellement aux mains des autorités omanaises, a ajouté ce responsable qui a requis l'anonymat. Leur libération a été annoncée dans un premier temps par une source tribale <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
I am in the Yemen International Hospital in Taiz, the Yemeni city in the central highlands that is suffering from such an acute water shortage that people get to run their taps for only 36 hours every 30 days or so. They have to fill up as much as they can and then rely on water trucks that come through neighborhoods and sell water like a precious commodity. I am visiting Mohamed Qaid, a 25-year-old laborer from the nearby village of Qaradh who was struck the night before in the hand and chest by three bullets fired by a sniper from Marzouh, the village next door. The two villages have been fighting over the rapidly dwindling water supply from their shared mountain springs. Six people have been killed and many more wounded in clashes since 2000 that have heated up of late. One was killed a night ago.
Thousands of supporters of separtists in southern Yemen have rallied to protest against a national dialogue starting on Monday, demanding that their region be allowed to secede from the north. Protesters carrying placards saying "No dialogue under occupation!, Independence is our choice!" demonstrated in the port city of Aden on Sunday evening, waving flags of the formerly independent South Yemen which was united with the north in 1990. "We are here by the thousands to reject the dialogue as it is an issue of northerners and those southerners who are involved in it do not represent the people," Khaled Junaidi, an activist, told the AFP news agency. Yemeni authorities deployed police to protect government buildings and foreign consulates in the city.
A suicide bomber struck at a wake in Yemen 's southern city of Jaar overnight, killing at least 45 people and wounding dozens more, the defense ministry said, in the deadliest attack since the army declared victory over Islamist militants in June. Skip to next paragraph Subscribe Today to the Monitor Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition The bomber appeared to have been targeting the head of a group of tribal fighters that sided with the Yemeni army during an offensive that drove Al Qaeda -linked militants from their strongholds in the southern province of Abyan. "This is a cowardly, criminal, terrorist attack," said Abyan governor Jamal al-Aqel, adding that an investigation was underway to determine the bomber's identity.
Samuel Aranda for The New York Times Crowds in Sana, Yemen, stopped to pray in Change Square on Friday during a protest against President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his agreement to transfer power. Its shifting alliances, reflecting different currents within the movement, helped keep Islah ahead of its opposition rivals in Yemen. That strategy also kept Islah out of power, unable to credibly offer an alternative to a government it was seen to be in league with.
Philip Eliason is a former diplomat who has worked on Libyan issues and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Macquarie University Centre for Middle East and North African Studies. Yemen is a state of dynamic stasis. It has now had about seven months of political turmoil, many deaths, economic stagnation and rising internal security problems. Its national leadership — made up of political office holders, custodians of traditional authority, religious leaders and the pro-change youth movement — is divided and without a centre of gravity powerful enough to commence consolidation. Its president may soon return from his extended post-assassination-attempt hospitalisation in Saudi Arabia.
SANA'A: It was Mohamed Ahmad's first day to Tahrir Square to join the anti-government protesters. And the 28-year-old tailor outdid himself. He stuck a number of small Yemeni flags on his head and wore a protest bandana as a tie.
SANAA, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Youth-led street protesters flared out at reform initiatives announced by the Yemeni president on Sunday, vowing to escalate their peaceful demonstration into a full-scale strife. They said they will not leave the "Change Square" outside Sanaa University in the capital unless President Ali Abdullah Saleh leaves. "We will not go away from this protest square unless this tyrant leaves along with his corrupted regime which devastates the crops and nation," a protester named Mohamed Haidar told Xinhua. It came after Sunday's broadcasting on state TV of the latest decisions of Saleh's ruling party that the president will stay in office until 2013 and form a new government to draft a new constitution and an election law. Om Mohamed, a mother attending the protest near Sanaa University, said "We swear to never return home until Saleh is deported and we will prosecute him for murdering our sons and husbands in the shooting on March 18."
Rien ne semble adoucir le vent de contestation anti-gouvernemental qui souffle sur le Yémen. Le président Ali Abdallah Saleh, au pouvoir depuis trente-deux ans, a promis des réformes et juré de ne pas briguer de nouveau mandat en 2013. Il s'est aussi engagé à défendre le pays, a limogé une partie de son gouvernement et a même proposé des élections anticipées.
With Yemen looking like it could be the Middle East ’s next domino, the United States faces one of the bigger challenges of the region’s ongoing revolution. Skip to next paragraph Subscribe Today to the Monitor Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition President Obama has come down on the side of protesting populations more or less quickly as uprisings have mushroomed from Tunisia to Egypt and beyond.
Yemen: six 'facts' to question - 'If President Ali Abdullah Saleh falls, radical anti-American jihadists will take over in Yemen.'Yemeni anti-government protesters shout slogans demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a protest in central Sanaa on March 22, 2011 as Yemen's parliamentary opposition rejected an offer from Saleh to step down by January 2012. (MOHAMMAD HUWEISS/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom) President Saleh has reigned over, cultivated, and reveled in increasing chaos. The tide of public opinion is now clearly against his rule.
Ali Abdullah Saleh As U.S. missiles slam into Libya, Saudi troops put down demonstrations in Bahrain , and Egypt holds its first free referendum , the dramatic, perhaps cataclysmic, change another Arab country—Yemen—is undergoing is lost in the mix. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled—in the loosest sense of that word—unruly Yemen since 1978, may soon go the way of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak and Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Should he fall, however, Yemen may become even more unstable, plunging the country into strife, perhaps even civil war, and increasing the risk of terrorism. Before the latest wave of revolutions swept the Arab world, three civil conflicts plagued Yemen. First, in northern Yemen near the Saudi border, Houthi rebels have long battled the regime, claiming discrimination and government abuses.
Dans un communiqué, le Forum commun, une alliance de l'opposition parlementaire, invite les autorités yéménites à «retenir la leçon de ce qui se passe en Tunisie et en Egypte», où la grogne populaire a conduit à la chute des chefs d'Etat de ces pays. Il met en garde contre «un soulèvement populaire» au Yémen, pays frappé par «la corruption, la pauvreté, le chômage, la répression, l'injustice et la tyrannie», selon le communiqué. Le Forum commun se dit «prêt à signer dès cette semaine un accord- cadre sur (la reprise du) dialogue national» au point où il s'était arrêté le 31 octobre dans le cadre du comité du dialogue, et accepter les réformes annoncées récemment par le président Ali Abdallah Saleh. Mais en gage de bonne foi, le Forum demande au président de limoger tous les membres de sa famille et ses proches parents des fonctions de responsabilité qu'ils occuperaient dans l'armée, la police, le gouvernement ou dans les conseils régionaux.
At least five people were reported killed in Yemen today as security forces and government supporters attacked protesters gathered for the largest of eight consecutive days of demonstrations. President Ali Abdullah Saleh appeared to have defused an earlier round of protests by promising a dialogue on reform with opposition parties. But the ousting of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt saw the parties eclipsed by civil society groups and ordinary students which from events in Cairo. Tawakkol Karman, the leader of Women Journalists Without Chains, has been in the forefront of the protests, despite receiving several threats to her life.
Des manifestants ont fait état de 80 blessés à Taïz, dans le sud du Yémen, tandis que quatre autres personnes ont été touchées à Sanaa, la capitale, lorsque la police a ouvert le feu et lancé des grenades lacrymogènes. Mercredi, 150 personnes ont déjà été blessées à Houdaïda, sur la mer Rouge, lors d'une intervention similaire des forces de sécurité contre un rassemblement anti-Saleh. Le président yéménite, au pouvoir depuis 32 ans, est confronté depuis des semaines à un mouvement de contestation inspiré des soulèvements populaires tunisien et égyptien.
"Protesters said they had caught at least seven snipers carrying government identity cards who they said had been involved in the shooting, but Saleh denied this, blaming gunmen among the protesters for the violence. " by Mar 20
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