Armies of Liberation

Jane Novak's blog about Yemen

HRW: “The (Yemeni) Central Security Forces’ failure to stop the shooting suggests either gross negligence or complicity with the gunmen”

Filed under: Mahweet, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Security Forces, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:03 am on Thursday, September 27, 2012

This is a thorough summary of the March 18, 2011 massacre in Yemen including the literal firewall that kept protesters in the square after the snipers opened fire and the role of Yahya Saleh, head of one of the US supported CT units. The US desire to retain Yahya and Ahmed Ali in their roles as heads of the CT forces is one of the main obstacles to a peaceful transition of power so maybe Obama should sanction himself.

The March 18 massacre was so egregious and barbaric that half the corrupted regime defected to the side of the protesters. The US however withheld from calling for Saleh’s removal. In fact, US Def Sec Gates announced days later that the US had done no post-Saleh planning and, “We’ve had a good working relationship with President Saleh. He’s been an important ally in the counter-terrorism arena.”

BTW the son of the governor of Mahweet from post, Yemen: Son of governor escapes justice after massacre:


And yes, the US/SA/UN granted immunity for the Saleh regime does tend to complicate matters.

Yemen: Massacre Investigation Badly Flawed
Conduct New Probe Into 2011 Killings of 45 Protesters

(Sanaa, September 27, 2012) – The previous Yemeni government’s investigation into the so-called Friday of Dignity massacre on March 18, 2011, in Yemen’s capital is marred throughout by flaws and political interference, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Yemeni authorities should order a new inquiry into the attack, the deadliest by pro-government gunmen on protesters during the 2011 uprising, Human Rights Watch said. The attack in Sanaa killed 45 people and wounded up to 200 others, and became a symbol of resistance to then-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The criminal trial of 78 defendants in the case is scheduled to begin on September 29, 2012.

“The previous government’s investigation of the Friday of Dignity killings was deeply flawed and may have been a brazen attempt to shield government officials from prosecution,” said Letta Tayler, senior Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Yemen’s new government should demonstrate its commitment to justice for serious rights abuses by carrying out a new inquiry.” (Read on …)

Arrested Yemeni protesters electrocuted, whipped

Filed under: Civil Rights, Judicial, Protest Fatalities, Yemen, prisons — by Jane Novak at 4:18 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

At least 184 protesters are confirmed as “disappeared” and assumed to be under torture by security forces. My concern about the missing protesters since February 2011 has been the mass graves.

Yemen Post: A Yemeni human rights group, HOOD, revealed that 184 protesters enforcedly disappeared, emphasizing that no official authority has stated about their fate.

A senior officer of Hood, Abdul-Rahman Barman, said that the organization handed over a list of the disappeared names to the Interior Minister, pointing out that their families look for them everywhere and they become more worried every day.

Hood expressed deep concern about this case, demanding the newly-formed military commission to disclose the fate of these people enforcedly disappeared, stressing that the enforced disappearance is a crime against humanity.

One family had found out its relative in the morgue of Alshorta hospital six months after he was arrested by armed men loyal to the outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Yemen protesters had alleged that security and army services arbitrarily detained hundreds of peaceful protesters across the country, subjecting them to torture and ill-treatment, since anti-government demonstrations began in February 2011.

Some released prisoners affirmed that huge numbers of protesters and soldiers of the defected First Armored Division were being held in custodies belonging to military camps loyal to Saleh.

During several conferences held in Sana’a with some of freed prisoners, they made clear that they were subject to brutal forms of tortures, including electro-shock devices and beating with cables and whips after being blindfolded and handcuffed.

Yemenis have been demonstrating across the country demanding the release of detainees held by Security services which are still controlled by people loyal to Saleh.

The exact number of detainees being held by the authorities is unknown, but activists say that it could be as high as 1,400.

561 citizens killed in South Yemen protests 8/2007-2/2011 named

Filed under: Abyan, Lahj, Protest Fatalities, South Yemen, Yemen, al Dhalie — by Jane Novak at 5:31 pm on Friday, February 10, 2012

Victims of the Human Rights violations in South Yemen

The people of the South Yemen have on 13 of February each year day of the anniversary of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives and their blood for their country. We pray to God to accept them and admit them to be in peace and inspire and for their families’ patience and fortitude. The revival of that day is known by the people of the south and fulfillment and gratitude the sacrifices of martyr’s heroes. We are pledging them for liberalization, which they are ordained and martyred for it, sacrifice and redemption approach to achieve their goals in the return of their independent state.

For the documentation of the martyrs of the South, we are as Southern Observatory issued a list of the killed people with some information beginning on since the start of the peaceful southern movement on the seventh of July, 2007 this day approved February 11, 2012. Based on what was able to documentation these since its inception in February 2010, in addition to what motivated by documented sources. The number of killed in the South Yemen are five hundred and sixty one, and the Observatory calls to add the names of the killed people which they were not covered in this list.

Names of killed in South Yemen (2007-2012)

No. Name Date Province
1. Salah Saeed Alkahoom 01.09.2007 Hadramout
2. Walid Saleh Abadi 10.09.2007 Lahj
3. Mohamed Kaid Hamadi 10.09.2007 Lahj
4. Abdulnasse Hamada (Kiran) 13.10.2007 Lahj
5. Shaafik Haitham Hassan 13.10.2007 Lahj
6. Mohamed Naser Alamri 13.10.2007 Lahj
7. Fahmi Mohamed Algafari 13.10.2007 Lahj
8. Saeed Ali Almatas 21.10.2007 Shabwa
9. Saleh Abubaker Algafari 13.01.2008 Aden
10. Ahmed Ali Mohamed 13.01.2008 Aden (Read on …)

Yemen’s parliament’s term expired in 2011, so how did they grant Saleh immunity in 2012?

Filed under: GCC, Parliament, Post Saleh, Protest Fatalities, Trials, USA — by Jane Novak at 11:14 am on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

There are many moves afoot within Yemen and internationally that dispute the unprecedented immunity deal for 33 years of Saleh’s crimes as well as that of his cohorts. However, the Yemeni parliament, that has been sitting since 2003, when it was elected to a four year term, was scheduled for elections in 2009 and voted itself a two year extension into 2011. I am checking but I can’t find anyone who recalls a new law being issued where they voted themselves another term extension.

(Update: the 2009 law grants a two year extension until they elect a new parliament in 2011, ambiguous language at best.

Update 2: a handy link from Yemen Parliament Watch that indicates parliament is operating outside the scope of the law: “The report indicated that the constitutional period of the parliament ended in February 2011 where the parliament had finished its six years stipulated constitution as well as the additional two years.”

Update 3: there is also a stipulation in the constitution that parliament can be extended when facing war, natural disaster or unrest, but I’m assuming that had to have been done formally, and within the scope of the term, not by some GPC mind meld.

Update 4: the amnesty was issued while Parliament was legally on vacation or in recess.)

Original post continues: A political deadlock ensued following the 2006 presidential election wherein the GPC thwarted the implementation of a proportional representation system (as opposed to a “winner takes all” single district method) and other electoral reforms, prompting the opposition JMP to boycott parliament altogether. Without the implementation of the previously agreed upon reforms, the parliament voted itself a two year extension and rescheduled elections for 2011. (In order to thwart elections in 2011, the SCER also disqualified the voter rolls en mass.) There was no new parliamentary election in 2011 and no official law passed rescheduling the election and extending their terms as far as I know. Therefore there is no legitimate Yemeni parliament, just a bunch of old men stuck to their chairs for a decade.

So where is the legal foundation of this expired parliament’s vote to give the Sanaa regime immunity? More fundamentally, the people withdrew legitimacy from the Parliament, the Sanaa regime and dysfunctional political party system through a year of mass nationwide protests.

However, while many are working on the issue of Saleh’s immunity, I am much more concerned with the implementation of the proportional representative system in order to undermine the hegemony of both the GPC and Islah who were both artificially empowered by the GCC plan. Proportional representation will allow for the growth of new parties, minority representation and probably more women in political office. It appears that the only way to get the task done is through a public referendum, as the same illegitimate GPC dominated parliament that stalled on the issue for five years will likely continue to block it.

The proportional system has a national consensus, and it has been repeatedly been endorsed by a variety of Yemeni groups from the JMP in 2005 to the tribally based National Dialog Committee in 2009 to the Yemeni Youth Revolution that took to the streets in 2011.

Had the PR system been enacted as agreed upon in 2006, allowing for authentic political growth and representative parties to compete in 2009, the revolution might not have been necessary. So its important not to allow history to repeat itself, especially with this crucial and long overdue element of the overall package of electoral reform.

There is more on the other illegalities of the unprecedented and illegal amnesty plan below from Human Rights Watch and the YCTJ:

Press Release
By The Yemeni Center for Transitional Justice Concerning the Approval of the House of Representatives of the Immunity Law

The Yemeni Center for Transitional Justice reviewed the law approved by the House of Representatives (Parliament) of the Republic of Yemen concerning the award of immunity to the President of the Regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh and his supporters. As YCTJ confirms its previous position with respect to this law, that the law lacks the minimum principles of human justice, and is openly in violation of honorable Islamic Jurisprudence, international laws, and is in breach of the international human rights conventions/agreements to which Yemen is signatory, YCTJ now also calls for the application of real true transitional justice without any selectivity, forgery or deliquescent.
(Read on …)

Yemenis protest US ambassador, demand explusion

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Taiz, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:08 pm on Friday, December 30, 2011

Today, #Yemeni protesters held banners calling for US ambassa... on Twitpic

Today, Yemeni protesters held banners calling for US ambassador to be expelled. Even an apology is no longer enough.

Yemeni protesters calls for US Ambassador’s dismissal

Filed under: Diplomacy, Protest Fatalities, Taiz, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 4:37 pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The CCYRC issued a letter reminding the US President that the Yemeni protesters oppose and are not a signatory to the GCC deal. the group calls for an official apology from the US as they say Ambassador Feierstein uniformly rude, disrespectful and insulting to the Yemeni people and has acted as the Saleh regime’s advocate and protector and with flagerant disregard for democratic principles. In particular the CCYRC condemn Feierstein’s most recent inflammatory statement wherein the Ambassador said the Life March was not a inherently peaceful as it was designed to provoke violence. Within hours, state forces killed 12 marchers.

The ambassador’s statement is below and I was waiting for an English transcript issued by the embassy but there doesn’t appear to be one coming. I find it unbelievable that the US Ambassador would demand political passivity from the Yemeni public. He blamed the peaceful marchers for any violence and chaos that the march triggers, which is akin to calling Dr. Martin Luther King an instigator of chaos and implying that the US civil rights marchers should have stayed home or that Medger Evans was responsible for his own murder because of his activism.

Al-Ariky Al-Mohammed By: توكل كرمان Tawakkol Karman
// translated from Arabic

The U.S. Ambassador in Sana’a is a devil’s advocate and friend of the criminal thugs!!
Online social and news networks lately have been talking about the comments made by the U.S ambassador in Yemen on the violence that accompanied the march of life that came from the city of Taiz on foot which led to the killing of more than thirteen and injuring hundreds. The U.S ambassador said that the march of life « was not peaceful »; He added “the protester had no intention of a peaceful march and they intended to reach Sana’a and cause trouble which would provoke and lead the security forces to respond with violence”. (Read on …)

The new improved Yemeni regime attacks the Life March

Filed under: Dhamar, Donors, UN, Ibb, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz, War Crimes, protests, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 8:38 am on Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thousands of bare foot, bare chested Yemeni youth terrify the barbaric Sana’a regime and the international community with their bleeding feet: Livestream.

The Life March from Taiz was attacked by Central Security forces in Sanaa with live fire and tear gas. Nine wounded marchers were transported to the field hospital in Sana’a Change Square. One fatality has been reported, Abeer AlFaten, murdered for walking. As is standard practice for a decade, security forces are preventing ambulances from reaching the wounded pedestrians. NYR

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. By re-branding the Sana’a dictatorship and shoving down the citizenry’s throat. the UN, US, EU and SA are publicly treating the entire Yemeni population like petulant children who don’t know what good for them.

The UN SC statement fails to acknowledge, much less take into account, the demand for political empowerment by both the revolutionaries and the southerners. Ironically, while the international community seeks to secure its own goals, these nations are in fact damaging their own mid-term security and national interests, at a time of opportunity, in facilitating the continued imprisonment of a millions determined for freedom.

From my article: The Obama administration’s insistence in retaining elements of the Saleh administration and security forces has thwarted the regime change demanded by millions and allowed al Qaeda to flourish in southern towns. Although US counter-terror efforts have had more latitude to operate since protests began, the Saleh regime and al Qaeda have long had a symbiotic relationship.

Read Noon’s article at Global Voices here: “These GCC states are not at all competent to deal with popular requests for liberty and freedom, not to mention democratic government, because they themselves are mostly despotic regimes,” observed Yemen’s Coordinating Council of the Youth Revolution of Change (CCYRC). “They themselves would never welcome such requests from their own people, let alone be ready to accommodate such demands by people in neighboring states.”

Yemen’s Gen Quiran re Taiz violence

Filed under: Aden, Civil Rights, Military, Protest Fatalities, Taiz, War Crimes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:29 pm on Thursday, December 22, 2011

Qiran is also indicted in the murder of Ahmed Darwish in an Aden prison.



TAIZ, Yemen — Armed tribesmen had finally retreated from a pocket of this city, handing back to the state an education building they had occupied in recent weeks. The governor, elated, called it a breakthrough.

Dozens of people had been killed during weeks of violence. Cease-fires had come and gone. Now, the building handover again raised the possibility of a truce. For eight hours, the streets were quiet.

Then the tribesmen retook the building.

“I think we will succeed. Or not,” the governor, Hamoud al-Sofi, said Thursday, sounding exasperated. “We will see.”

Yemen has been caught in a cycle of protest, repression and factional fighting that simply will not let go, even though, as in Taiz, there are many moments that appear to signal a breakthrough, as when the president agreed to step down. The interim government that took power in Yemen last week amid guarded optimism faces an array of daunting challenges. (Read on …)

After UN resolution, 94 killed in Yemen

Filed under: Diplomacy, Donors, UN, Protest Fatalities, Taiz, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:22 am on Saturday, November 19, 2011

YT SANA’A, Nov. 16 — Ninety-four Yemenis were killed and over 800 injured since UN Resolution 2014 was issued on October 21, statistics from the SWC, an initiative for the support of women and children, have shown.

According to representatives of opposition-held field hospitals located near Change and Freedom Squares across Yemen, these numbers are preliminary. The amount of missing people and unreported injuries remains unknown.

Taiz has been the scene of a disproportionate amount of deadly violence, with more than fifty deaths in the past three weeks. Also, more than 400 families were displaced as they were forced to leave homes in armed conflict zones.

Tentative reports show that over the last three weeks in Yemen, 124 homes, seven mosques, six public institutions (including one hospital), two community wells, and 17 vehicles were effectively destroyed.

Moreover, the Taiz governorate has been under siege almost without exception throughout the last three weeks, with entry points closed and people not allowed to enter or leave.

A new trend is also reflected in the rising number of female casualties. Last week saw the killing of three women, with an additional seven injured, after the women’s section of a mosque was struck in Taiz.

Compounding the situation, deliberate electricity cuts and water shortages have severely affected the livelihoods of millions of Yemenis.

Fluctuating fuel prices – caused by the manipulation of fuel distribution and the lack of state control – have also disturbed the lives of Yemeni citizens, said the SWC.

UN resolution 2014, which was issued on 21 October, called on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to sign a GCC-backed initiative to transfer power following 10 months of political protests calling for his departure. The UN is set to review the situation on Monday, but to date, Saleh has shown no signs of stepping down.

Journos singled out for death in Yemen

Filed under: Media, Protest Fatalities, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:50 pm on Friday, November 4, 2011

Four Yemeni journalists were killed since Saleh’s return in September.

10/25: He was speaking to the International Press Institute’s Naomi Hunt by Skype, which was something of a feat because Skype has been jammed from Yemen since February.

It is just one of the ways in which the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh is inhibiting media coverage in his country. (Read on …)

Yemen denies Syrian pilots killed were tasked with attacking protesters

Filed under: Lahj, Protest Fatalities, Syria, War Crimes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:45 pm on Friday, November 4, 2011

Catching up, only 18 more drafts to publish or delete. I’m leaning toward delete, maybe backdate. This is just too absurd to pass up though. A Yemeni fighter jet crashed at the al Anad AF base in Lahj and seven passengers killed were Syrian pilots.

The regime’s denial that they were brought in to attack the protests is total blather; its more likely that one of the leaders in the Syrian Baath Party like, lets say errrr, Adbel Hafidh Kaid Noaman, hooked up the Syrian pilots for Saleh. UPdate al Masdar publishes the names of the dead and injured Syrian pilots.

Yemen denies opposition claims on the military aircraft crash 27/10/2011 Yemen Online: A military source has revealed the aircraft that crashed in Lahj province south of Yemen two days ago was carrying a number of Syrian and Yemeni trainers. The crash occurred during the landing in Al-Anad air base, as a result of a technical fault and an incorrect navigational measurement by the pilot. The landing took place over an area adjacent to the base runway.

The military source said that the accident had led to the killing of eight Syrian trainers and one Yemeni passenger. Seven other Yemenis escaped unscathed from the accident, including the pilot, Colonel Mahmud Yahya Muhammad al-Armazah, along with two Syrians.

The Syrian killed in the accident work as professional aviation trainers at the Faculty of Aviation and Air Defense. They have been providing fundamental aviation training for 11 years’ the military source stressed

The military source notes that the Yemeni armed forces do not need to seek the assistance of any foreign fighter pilots, as the media run by the Joint Meeting Parties (Opposition) claimed.

Fox News only reports al Qaeda activity in Yemen while millions march in child’s funeral

Filed under: 3 security, Media, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, USA, Yemen, attacks, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:52 am on Thursday, November 3, 2011

The western media black-out continues:

Clearly for FOX News, news worthiness depends on who is doing the killing; one person killed by al Qaeda vastly outweighs the hundred killed by the Yemeni government in the last week. For a day, CNN ran the headline: Yemeni women burn veils, wow, interesting, at least they mentioned “Yemen,” as the state was simultaneously pounding residences in Taiz with artillery and shelling villages in Arhab with missiles.

And neither one can find for five seconds for this from today, (if its not working try this direct link.)

Fox News: Car Bomb Kills Anti-Terror Chief in South Yemen.


- Airstrikes on Arhab leave 120 civilians killed, 340 wounded

- Nationwide slaughter since UN SC council resolution 2014

- One million demand regime change

- Yemen Post: Several Million of Yemeni gathered nationwide in the streets of Yemen yesterday, demanding the fall of the regime and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s trial as they say the president is continuing to murder his people.

Protesters had spell out “butcher” across their chest in red ink in denunciation of president Saleh’s many crimes. “He’s using snipers to gun down women and children, Sana’a and Taiz are under shelling attacks everyday…Saleh is killing Yemeni and the World stands silent…We will not,” said Mohamed Hassan Said a defected officer.

In Sana’a, the capital, a funeral march was organized to bury the bodies of the victims of the revolution amongst whom was 4 year-old little Waffa. While carrying the coffins the crowd was chorusing anti-regime slogan, asking the international community to bear witness of the crimes committed against peaceful Yemeni people. (Read on …)

Sanaa regime steals corpse, offers victim’s family 2m/YR to accuse opposition

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Security Forces, Yemen, Yemen's Lies — by Jane Novak at 11:20 am on Thursday, November 3, 2011

The propaganda continues:

News Yemen

The official media said he was killed at the hands of the protesters

Family of the martyr Jaradi: we were able to extract his body from the Republican and mediated by the government offered us 2 million riyals 29/10/2011

Said the old family of the martyr Mohammad Jaradi The government offered 2 million riyals for the funeral of their parents in their backs on the seventy-screen TV to accuse the band of Yemen murder.

And subjected to gunshot Jaradi in the eye during the suppression by the security forces (Read on …)

Taiz, Yemen shelled; five dead

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:06 am on Thursday, November 3, 2011

The deaths continue:

Yemen Post In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the government troops resumed their shelling campaign in Taiz, one of the flashpoint of the revolution, while in the same time using its ground troops and armed thugs to assaults districts under the control of the independent army of the revolution.

Government forces killed at least five people and eight others injured.
The government attacks have been nonstop for hours. The death toll is expected to rise as a number of the injured are in critical condition. (Read on …)

Yemeni tanks shell apartment building in Taiz, thugs kidnap corpse in Sanaa

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz, War Crimes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:59 am on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

yeah yeah Im not supposed to be here but anyway:

Taiz, tanks have been shelling residential areas for some time:

Qaa, Sanaa, another repetitive tactic, stealing the dead: NYR: “Saleh’s thugs drag a killed protester in a barbaric way and kidnap his body in todays attack on the peaceful march in Qaa”

Yemen shoots, bombs protesters in Taiz City, Sanaa

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Taiz — by Jane Novak at 9:43 am on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

As long as I’m logged on, which wont be for long: State violence and collective punishment is ongoing and spiked in Sana’a City, Taiz (8 killed), Hodeidah ( six wounded), Arhab, suburban Sana’a, ( (7 dead) and other governorates in Yemen since UN SC res 2014, Saleh is spewing new/same old BS like a ceasefire, as child health indicators are way down and “Yemen is on the verge of a true, deep humanitarian disaster,” Geert Cappelaere, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative in Yemen, told journalists in Geneva on 24 October.

CNN: At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured Tuesday in clashes between Yemeni government security forces in the country’s capital and the province of Taiz, medical officials reported.

Two died when security forces opened fire on thousands of anti-government protesters in Sanaa, the medical officials said.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Qubati, a medic at a field hospital there, said “security forces were shooting at protesters immediately after the protests started in Sanaa.” Eleven of the injured were in critical condition, he added.
(Read on …)

UN HCHR: murderers in Yemen must be prosecuted

Filed under: Diplomacy, Donors, UN, Judicial, Protest Fatalities, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:21 am on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

uh, yeah. Then Yemen needs a transitional council to guide the way to a parliamentary system, not a new strongman, as the very sophisticated Yemeni protesters have been calling for from day one, to the anguish of the naive and disorganized international community.

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville, Location: Geneva, Subject: Yemen

We condemn in the strongest terms the reported killing of a number of largely peaceful protestors in Sana’a and Taiz as a result of the indiscriminate use of force by Yemeni security forces since Saturday (15 October). Hundreds were reportedly injured by this disproportionate use of force against unarmed protestors.

We are extremely concerned that security forces continue to use excessive force in a climate of complete impunity for crimes resulting in heavy loss of life and injury, despite repeated pledges by the Government to the contrary. We reiterate our call for an international, independent, transparent investigation, for accountability and for justice. Those responsible for the hundreds of killings since the protest movement began in Yemen more than 8 months ago must be prosecuted, regardless of rank or title. (Read on …)

Fourth day of state attacks in Sanaa, many fatalities, AQ threatens tribesmen in Abyan, Update: Marib tribes issue statement

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, Islamic Imirate, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz, aq statements — by Jane Novak at 9:13 am on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Update 9am EST, Wednesday: “Now We Have 400 youth in Alqaa area , they are surrounded and being blocked by the Thugs and the Family security forces at this time.” I lost track of the fatalities. The CSM has 12 Saturday and 4 Sunday and there was more Monday. AP has seven killed Tuesday, today, already.

A woman, Azeeza Abdo Othman was killed in Taiz, a residential home bombed in Sadaa killing an entire family, the protest square was bombed and clashes are flaring between the AMA pro-rev forces and Saleh’s family’s forces. The Guardian reports protesters are writing their names on their chests to identify them if they get murdered by their government.

Update 2: Marib Press” Tribes in Marib issued a statement saying Sheikh Saleh al Taaman was killed in the air rad with Ibrahim al Banaa but not reported killed by the regime. The Sheikh was connected to the state’s security policy and paid by Ghalib al Qamish (PSO) 100K YR/month; tribesmen accuse the regime of the manipulating the terror file and US CT ops to retain power. They say the Sheikh was not listed among the dead and that’s reason to ignore the regime’s fatality lists.

Update 3: HOOD reports over 400 arrested and dozens of injured protesters were kidnapped–again. The Saleh regime has been taking the injured all along to hide the number of fatalities and at least two credible reports of mass graves were forwarded since February.

Original: The Gulf of Aden Security Review is a great resource. Current updates include the state shelling the protest square in Sanaa, (there’s also fatalities in Taiz) and AQ issues a vid threatening tribesmen who are fighting against the AQ occupation of Abyan.

Yemen Security Brief: Fighting in Sana’a continued into a third day. There have been ongoing clashes between pro-government troops and defected tribesmen, loyal to Hashid tribal confederation leader Sheikh Sadiq al Ahmar, in al Hasaba district and between pro-government troops and defected First Armored Division troops along al Zubayri Street in Sana’a. Witnesses report that three people died when a shell landed near a makeshift hospital near Tagheer (Change) Square in Sana’a as well. Government snipers reportedly opened fire at thousands of protesters from the rooftops. The First Armored Division released a statement saying that a major and nine of its troops were killed “by treacherous sniping and shelling of the positions of the division.” In Taiz, medical officials reported that one woman was killed by government troops and seven others were injured. Government troops killed at least 12 people and injured hundreds in a similar march on October 15. Also, fighting between pro-government troops and opposition tribesmen killed 17 other people in al Hasaba district of Sana’a.[1]—-

Tribal sources reported that tribesmen ambushed at least five al Qaeda-linked militants as they were transporting military equipment in Zinjibar in Abyan governorate. Fighting that followed the ambush reportedly killed four militants and one tribesman. Yemeni security forces reportedly captured three suspected al Qaeda-linked militants.[4]

A video called, “Are the Two Groups Equal,” was produced by al Raya Media Productions, an alleged media outlet of the al Qaeda-linked militant group, Ansar al Sharia, and posted on jihadist forums on October 14. The video features images of martyrs, tribal fighters being killed in a suicide bombing in Abyan governorate, and excerpts from speeches made by al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri. Additionally, Ansar al Sharia threatened death to tribes who are working alongside the Yemeni government.[5]

AI: Withdraw immunity clause from GCC agreement

Filed under: Donors, UN, Protest Fatalities, Transition — by Jane Novak at 9:01 am on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Also if I might add, what they want is an empowered PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM not a new consensus president.


17 October 2011 The international community must send a clear message that those responsible for extrajudicial executions, torture and enforced disappearances in Yemen will be brought to justice as part of any transition agreement, Amnesty International said today after at least 15 more people were reported killed by the security forces in the capital Sana’a since Saturday.

A power-transfer deal brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) appears to offer blanket immunity to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and some of those serving under him, and could prevent criminal investigations and prosecutions for hundreds of protester deaths in recent months, as well as a string of serious human rights violations in the past. (Read on …)

Ten killed in Sana’a today, ongoing violence

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a — by Jane Novak at 7:54 am on Saturday, October 15, 2011

Early stats: – 10 killed, 78 Injured by bullets, 140 Injured by tear gas, 15 other injures and 11 in critical condition; roof top snipers, blocked ambulances, no meds. At least 861 people have been killed and 25,000 wounded since mass protests erupted across the country.

Two more journalists killed in Sanaa regime violence: Yemen

Filed under: Media, Protest Fatalities, Taiz — by Jane Novak at 6:02 pm on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Five killed since protests began.The media is a favorite Saleh target.

YEMEN – Two more journalists killed in Saleh regime violence

Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns cameraman Abdel Hakim Al-Nour’s death during a military offensive last night in Taiz province and reporter Abdel Majid Al-Samawi’s death in a Sanaa hospital on 3 October from the gunshot wound he received more than a week ago.

Their deaths bring to five the number of journalists who have been killed since February, when protests calling for President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s departure began.

A cameraman and producer for the Mas production company Al-Nour was killed during a bombardment of the city Taiz that caused many causalities. He was also the person responsible for media at the Hayel Saeed Anam Association.

Al-Samawi died in Sanaa Technological Hospital from the neck injury he received when a sniper shot him on 25 September. Born in 1956 in a village in Damar province, he leaves a wife and six children.

The three other journalists killed since the start of the protests are Hassan Al-Wadhaf, a cameraman with Al-Hurra TV, Mohamed Yahia Al-Malayia, a correspondent for the Al-Salam and newspapers, and Jamal Al-Sharabi, a photographer for the independent daily Al-Masdar.

Al-Wadhaf died on 23 September from the injuries he received while covering violence against demonstrators in Sanaa five days earlier. Al-Malayia and Al-Sharabi were among the many fatalities when snipers opened fire on demonstrators in Sanaa on 18 March.

Reporters Without Borders offers its condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the two latest victims, and holds the Yemeni authorities responsible for their deaths.

The press freedom organization is very disturbed by the increase in violence against civilians since President Saleh’s return on 3 October from Saudi Arabia, where he spent four months recovering from the injuries he received in an attack on the presidential compound.

Eight killed in Taiz as state shells residential areas

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Taiz, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:27 pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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Yemen Post: Government forces attacked youth protesters and civilians in freedom square Taiz Wednesday morning killing at least eight and injuring dozens.

Fire was everywhere near the square and clashes continued in six different fronts in the city.

According to Yasser al-Nusari, a medic in freedom square Taiz, at least 30 civilians were injured in the random attacks of the government. (Read on …)

Yemen Youth Revolution urges UN to take seven steps

Filed under: Donors, UN, Protest Fatalities, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 6:33 pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2011


The Yemeni Youth Popular Revolution urges United Nations to take seven steps

Change Square, Sana’a Yemen, October 4, 2011—The Organizing Committee of the Yemeni Youth Popular Revolution issued an urgent appeal to the United Nations today. The letter outlining seven actions the protesters in Yemen’s nine month revolution is below: (Read on …)

Yemen’s random shelling kills 2 shoppers in Sanaa, wounds 3 in Taiz

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz — by Jane Novak at 9:37 am on Tuesday, October 4, 2011

SANAA — Shells fired into a popular shopping district of Yemen’s capital killed two civilians and wounded another on Tuesday, witnesses and medical officials said. (Read on …)

Organizing Committee announces 861 protester fatalities and 19,000 wounded

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 12:04 pm on Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Organizing Committee at Change Square in Sana’a announced today 861 pritesters were killed and 19, 926 wounded & injured by Saleh’s forces & thugs in eight months of protest.

The Organizing Committee also called for the UN to institute a weapons embargo on the Sana’a regime.

The Yemeni government announced today 1400 fatalities from Feb-Sept total including protesters, soldiers, police and tribesmen. The figure appears to include those killed by al Qaeda since February.

UN HRC betrays Yemeni people: Human Rights Watch

Filed under: Donors, UN, Protest Fatalities, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 5:07 pm on Friday, September 30, 2011

UN Human Rights Council: Yemen Resolution Falls Far Short
Creation of Expert on Accountability a Step Forward

(Geneva, October 1, 2011) – The United Nations Human Rights Council’s weak response to the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Yemen betrays the Yemeni people, Human Rights Watch said today. The Council, whose current session ended on September 30, 2011, adopted a resolution on Yemen that fails to push for either an international investigation into recent abuses or an ongoing human rights monitoring presence in the country.

The tepid resolution reflected efforts to secure Yemen’s support for the measure, and concerns that a “non-consensual” text would not garner a majority vote in the Council, Human Rights Watch said. (Read on …)

40 protesters killed in Yemen Saturday

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:16 am on Sunday, September 25, 2011

The US has taken no punitive action for eight months as the Sanaa regime slaughtered hundreds of protesters because “counter-terror cooperation has never been better.” However al Qaeda has only grown stronger, the streets bloodier and the nation hungrier, with the international community’s appeasement of Saleh et al.

al Sahwa:
SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Government forces killed at least 40 protesters in Sanaa Saturday, the day after Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh returned from Saudi Arabia, activists said.

Voice of America reported the deaths occurred as Saleh’s military forces clashed with student protesters. The U.S. network said government troops inflicted many casualties when they fired live ammunition and mortar shells at a protesters’ encampment overnight.
(Read on …)

Sanaa regime still attacking medical workers, Red Cross objects

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Diplomacy, Donors, UN, Medical, Protest Fatalities, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:42 pm on Saturday, September 24, 2011

Yemen Post: As Yemen is living through its worst spell of violence since the beginning of its popular uprising, with several hundred casualties awaiting medical treatment, the Red Cross is accusing the Yemeni government of theft and abuses.

According to Valerie Petitpierre, the deputy head of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s delegation in Yemen, government forces would have physically assaulted some of her staff as they were trying to confiscate their medical supplies.

“The ICRC delegation is receiving very worrying reports of armed confrontations taking place in Al-Gomhori Hospital and placing many innocent lives at risk,” she said.

Eye witnesses within the hospitals confirmed the allegations, saying that several members of the Red Cross staffs had been beaten and threatened of further reprisals if they insisted in helping the wounded.

Petitpierre went further in her declaration mentioning that “in some cases they have had equipment confiscated, and there have also been incidents in which they were denied access to people in need of first aid.”

She stressed that it was the government’s moral duty to ensure and facilitate medical treatment to all, beyond prejudice or feelings of revenge. “Anyone injured or wounded must be able to receive life-saving health care without undue delay.”

Saleh in Yemen calls for cease fire and then shells protesters, Update: deploys al Qaeda or just a scare tactic?

Filed under: Islamic Imirate, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:50 am on Friday, September 23, 2011

As expected. CNN reports a dozen deaths since midnight. Its going to be a long bloody night and week.

Unfortunately the Libya option is among the few remaining to safeguard millions, ie- downing the Yemeni Air Force, including the new Hueys. As Saleh refused to resign with immunity and a palace, four times, it is abundantly clear that negotiations are not going to work. Maybe its time for all those symbolic steps the US and international community failed to take until now, but its late for symbolism, half measures and statements.

Al Qaeda suicide bombers moving?

The following could be outright regime propaganda, and maybe al Fahdli never said it, I’m looking for the interview. (Here the report at the Yemen Observer the regime’s stooge paper that sometimes publishes real news.) If al Fahdli did say it, then there’s likely some real al Qaeda movement toward the capital, unless he is back in the pro-regime camp. If its true, its another despicable plot by Saleh. There’s only a remote chance the AQAP moved without approval by somebody. We must recall the long history of very good relations between Saleh and Zawaheri. But this story smells like a typical diversionary tale by Saleh to distract from the carnage. Frankly, AQAP is not that stupid, sending 50 suicide bombers to Sanaa would be the death knell for the group.

Al-Qaeda militants sent 300 insurgents to Sana’a so as to fight the regime, said Sheikh Tareq al-Fadhli in an interview with al-Omana newspaper published on Thursday.

Al-Fadhli said that the extremists fighting in Zinjubar dispatched over three hundred of their insurgents including 50 suicide bombers to Sana’a to teach the son of the president Ahmad Ali, and his nephews Amar and Yahya Mohammed Abdullah Saleh a lesson.

He added that they have developed car bombs named Osama 1, Osama 2, and Osama 3 that carry over a ton and a half of explosives so as to launch a series of [martyrdom operations] in Sana’a in retaliation for bombing what he called the Al-Shabab in Abyan.

Electricity is out in large parts of the capital again, preventing news from getting out.

The Saudis should clarify if they are supporting (and re-arming) Saleh or if they kicked him out after he refused to sign.

Yemen shells Taiz City protest square, some electricity returns to Yemen with Saleh

Filed under: Electric, Protest Fatalities, Taiz, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 12:50 am on Friday, September 23, 2011

The electricity returned with the ever irrational Saleh as he prepares to make a televised speech to the nation.

The butcher Saleh calls for a cease fire to the violence that his loyalist forces began and are perpetuating. Well over a hundred unarmed demonstrators were killed across Yemen this week by sniper fire and shelling on the protest squares. ( The NYT and some diplos seem to blame the protesters for marching out of the square, the blood is on the hands of those with the guns, not the murder victims.) There was ample evidence to bring Saleh to the Hague on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity by 2009.

AJE : Pro-Saleh forces Friday shelled buildings in Taiz, Yemen’s second-biggest city. Heavy clashes and thuds of mortars were also heard throughout the night in Sanaa into morning Friday. One person was killed overnight after mortars hit the square in central Sanaa where protesters demanding Sale’s ouster have been camped out for months, a medical official said on condition of anonymity.

Be prepared for the coming propaganda onslaught where black is white. I guess Im going to have to fully fix the website.

The best news this week before the toxic reappearance of the revenant Saleh was new political party organization in the squares, late but important and yet another reason why the GCC plan and Obama’s call for speedy elections are counter-productive and will only re-entrench the regime. This is a related article and overview from a Yemeni perspective: Yemen’s young people are the country’s brightest hope.

Over 50 dead in two days of state attacks in Yemen, updated: 77 killed

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:52 am on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The last time Saleh was pushed to sign an agreement to transfer power, he locked down the diplomats with an armed mob of regime supporters at the UAE embassy for six hours. The US ambassador later laughed it off. Both Brennan and the State Dept issued statements last week that they expected the power sharing agreement to be concluded this week. Monday’s violence occurred with the UN envoy Jamal bin Omar and GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif al Zayani in Sanaa to oversee the signing. The last time UN officials were in Sanaa, the state turned the lights back on. Astoundingly the US blames the victims by urging all parties not to provoke violence.

Update: Sahwa Net- Yemen security forces killed during last three days 77protesters and wounded 780 others in Sana’a as they used live bullets and other middle weapons against peaceful protesters, medical sources at the field hospital affirmed. Director of the field hospital Tariq Noaman expected that the number of the killed would double several times as a result of critical injures, pointing out that dozens of protesters were still in intensive care units

Update 2: .Saleh loyalists still shelling protesters in Sanaa, violence continues in Taiz.

CNN:Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) — Officials from the United Nations and the Gulf Cooperation Council were in Sanaa, Yemen, on Monday, hoping to help organize a peaceful transfer of power as witnesses reported violence in the streets.

Thirty-one people were killed Monday in clashes in Yemen — 28 in Sanaa and three in Taiz, according to medical officials.

On Sunday, at least 26 protesters were killed and more than 550 were wounded — hundreds of them by gunshots — when security forces fired live bullets and tear gas at a massive demonstration in the city, a medic said. The death toll was expected to rise because some were in critical condition, witnesses said.

The U.S. Embassy in Yemen issued a statement saying the United States “regrets the deaths and injuries of many people” in the protests Sunday. “In this tense situation, we call upon all parties to exercise restraint. In particular, we call on the parties to refrain from actions that provoke further violence.” (Read on …)

US, SA continue push for immunity as death toll mounts

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Saudi Arabia, USA — by Jane Novak at 4:41 am on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Its just unbelievable that the US keeps re-upping the immunity deal as people are being slaughtered in the streets. It shows the lack of value the US places on Yemeni lives. Its a free pass to murder. The drone campaign shows a similar callousness. Are Yemenis less than human or just not quite as human as Americans? The US position is all the worse considering the complicity of the Saleh regime in creating the AQAP threat to the US and Yemen.

Yemen: Protester Killings Show Perils of Immunity Deal
Rights Council Should Call for UN Monitors

(New York, September 20, 2011) – Yemeni security forces used excessive force when they opened fire on anti-government protesters in Sanaa on September 18, 2011, and in Taizz on September 19, killing at least 27 and wounding hundreds, Human Rights Watch said today. Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that security forces in Sanaa first sprayed demonstrators with sewage, and then, after protesters responded by throwing rocks, fired directly on them without warning, using rocket-propelled grenades as well as assault rifles and heavy machine guns.

The attacks began six days after President Ali Abdullah Saleh authorized his vice president to resume negotiations on a Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered accord, backed by the United States and the European Union, under which the president would resign in exchange for immunity from prosecution for any crime. The immunity deal would extend to Saleh’s relatives, who control key security forces, including Central Security. Negotiators should ensure that a resignation deal does not include immunity from international crimes, including crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said, especially in light of the continuing, unjustified lethal attacks by security forces on largely peaceful anti-government protesters. (Read on …)

Republican Guard flees base, Saleh meets king

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Saudi Arabia, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:41 am on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Saleh meets Saudi king for the first time since June, as reports emerge of Saudi weapons and vehicle shipment to Yemen.

M&C: Cairo/Sana’a – Thousands of opposition protesters backed by military defectors late Monday seized a base of the elite Republican Guards who are loyal to President Ali Abdallah Saleh in the capital, Arab media reported.

Just hours after 32 protesters were killed by Yemeni troops, the protesters and ex-soldiers stormed the base without firing a single shot, Al Arabiya quoted witnesses as saying. The Republican guards fled the base, leaving their weapons behind, the channel said.

Ahram: Forces of Yemen’s embattled president Ali Abdullah Salih fired on unarmed demonstrators elsewhere in the capital, killing scores, wounding hundreds and sparking international condemnation.

The protesters, joined by soldiers from the renegade 1st Armored Division, stormed the base Monday without firing a single shot, according to witnesses and security officials.

Some carried sticks and rocks. They used sandbags to erect barricades to protect their comrades from the possibility of weapons fire from inside the base, but none came and the Republican Guards eventually fled, leaving their weapons behind.

Although the base was not particularly large _ the Republican Guards have bigger ones in the capital and elsewhere in Yemen _ its capture buoyed the protesters’ spirits and signaled what could be the start of the collapse of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year-old regime.

The Massacre continues in Sana’a and extends to Taiz

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 3:35 am on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Statement from Watan, the Women’s Coalition for Social Peace

For the second day in row
The Massacre continues in Sana’a and extends to Taiz

The whole world was shocked with the bloody and brutal massacre committed yesterday, 18th of September 2011, by the armed forces of Saleh’s regime against the peaceful protestors in Sana’a, which left 26 people killed and over one hundred wounded. The images of victims with obliterated heads and lost parts have overwhelmed the media. Indifferent to appeals by Yemenis and the international community to stop aggression, and in disregard of condemnation from human right organizations, the remnants of the regime carry on with their crime against the youth of Yemen.

Today, 19th September 2001, the republican guards, central security forces and snipers with plain clothes continued fiercely firing at the youth gatherings with light and medium weapons, despite all efforts made by pro-revolution forces, the 1st armed division, to protect them. Al-iman University was also targeted. There were reports of direct clashes between the regime’s and pro-revolution forces in several spots around the change squares. However, Sana’a was not alone today; Taiz also witnessed a similar, though less brutal, massacre by the republican guards against a huge protest in solidarity with youth in Sana’a.


Violence flares in Yemen: Sanaa, Taiz, Aden, Abyan

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz — by Jane Novak at 2:17 pm on Thursday, September 15, 2011

Telegraph: Artillery and automatic weapons fire broke out near the home of a prominent anti-Saleh tribal leader in the Hasaba district, the site of weeks of fighting that began in May and edged the impoverished Arab state closer to civil war.

Diplomatic sources said mediators from neighbouring powerhouse Saudi Arabia intervened to help end the street fighting, which was the fiercest in recent weeks. (Read on …)

Yemen gov’t guilty of collective punishment, disporportionate force and other human rights abuses: UN

Filed under: Donors, UN, Protest Fatalities, protest statements, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:44 am on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Every transgression contained in the report is a habitual tactic of the Yemeni government and has been used in Saada War from 2004-2010, against the southern movement (2007-2010) and other communities and individuals in Yemen including: denial of medical services (including bombing hospitals), shooting ambulances, random fire into crowds, bombing residential areas, denial of international aid and access, bombing mosques and schools, arbitrary detention, incommunicado detention, horrific torture and the targeting of journalists and activists by thugs and security officers.

The UN is calling for an impartial investigation; however the UN has dropped the ball time and time again by failing to publicize and follow up slaughters committed prior to the outbreak of the revolution. For example, the Yemeni air force bombed a group of Saada War refugees,mostly women and children, on an open field, killing 83 in August 2009. The UN issued a similar call for an investigation and that was the end of it. Despite the fact that Yemeni security forces were shooting unarmed southern protesters week after week, and arbitrarily imprisoned thousands, the US deemed it an internal affair. Likewise the shelling and blockade of Dhalie was only broken by a peace convoy from Taiz, amid the staggering silence from the US embassy. There was enough evidence to bring Saleh to a war crimes trial in 2009.

Through two terms the Bush administration over looked these vast and continual human rights abuses, and Obama continued the failed policy of subordinating HR to CT. Yet the CT product was never there. The current re-branding of Saleh as a good partner on CT and John Brennan’s statement that “cooperation has never been better,” is overt duplicity in light of Yemen’s revolving door policy for al Qaeda (escapes, releases, rehabilitation and bogus trials and all the “hunting”) that is and has been coupled with a strenuous disinformation campaign.

Maybe the French will be the first to use the term “false flag attack” or “state jihaddists.”

Yemen: Urgent need to address dire humanitarian and human rights situation – UN human rights report

GENEVA – A report published Tuesday by a UN human rights assessment mission to Yemen calls for immediate action to protect civilians, respect the right to peaceful demonstration and to address the “deteriorating humanitarian situation” in the country.

The report by the UN human rights office also stresses the need for “international, independent and impartial investigations” into allegations of human rights abuses related to the peaceful protest movement in Yemen since the beginning of this year.

A delegation from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights visited Aden, Sana’a and Ta’izz between 28 June and 6 July this year. The team met many key officials, including the Vice-President, leaders of political parties and members of Parliament as well as NGO representatives, lawyers, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders, victims of violations and their relatives.

“The Mission observed an overall situation where many Yemenis peacefully calling for greater freedoms, an end to corruption and respect for rule of law were met with excessive and disproportionate use of lethal force by the state,” the report states. “Hundreds have been killed and thousands have suffered injuries including loss of limbs.”

The assessment team witnessed the deployment of tanks in Ta’izz and shelling of the city at night. It also observed signs of collective punishment, causing severe hardship to the civilian population, including disruption of access to electricity, fuel and water. (Read on …)

Bombing hits wrong mosque in Abyan: dozens killed, Update: five fatalities

Filed under: Abyan, Islamic Imirate, Protest Fatalities, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:53 am on Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Update: News Yemen says five fatalities and eight wounded. Also the dead al Qaeda in al Razi hospital is not al Wahishi.

Yemen Post : At least 31 civilians were killed in three misdirected air strikes when the army continued fighting Al-Qaeda militants or Sharia supporters in Abyan on Monday.

The two raids struck a mosque in Jaar city, which is under the control of the militants, the outlets cited local officials as saying.

“The strikes, which also injured dozens civilians, were supposed to target a small mosque of Al-Qaeda in the area,” the officials continued…The Jet fighters flew over the area several times as to identify their targets before launching their bombs onto the city, causing widespread panic amongst the population.

Yemen Post also reports that it was a Yemeni plane. Marebpress reports that the victims may number in the hundreds. It also is quoting a military source as saying the Great Mosque was bombed by “mistake”, as the intended target was Hamza Mosque, Mareb Press

Jaar Abyan FB page, translation indicates the AQAP had advance warning and told at least one person to leave the city before leaving themselves prior to the air attack:

The city of Ja’ar has been bombed today, following is a list of the bombed locations:
The Great Mosque
Al Razi Hospital (ed- YP: Allegedly, al-Qaeda fighters would have used the medical premises to treat their wounded, forcing doctors to cooperate, and preventing residents from accessing the facility.)
Bureau of Education
AlFarooq Secondary School
Ja’ar Court
House of AlWathi
So far, the deaths have not yet been counted, which has reached dozens according to eye-witnesses. Noting that the AlQaida elements have – hastily – disappeared one hour before the bombings – and one of them has secretly informed one of the youths in Ja’ar to get out as the City of Ja’ar will be destroyed today. They (AlQaida) came back after the bombardment and cut-off the roads between Ja’ar and the villages of AlDarjaj, AlMakzan and Abir Othman.

This comes after the burned president’s statement that Abyan will be cleared. It seems the “clearing” is of from the citizens.

Russian arms sales destabilizing Yemen

Filed under: Proliferation, Protest Fatalities, Russia — by Jane Novak at 9:04 am on Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thats it. Russia is tied into Saleh because of all the billions owed for the MIGs and other hardware.

HOOD Condemns arms dealing and Calls to “Stand together to stop war”

HOOD followed with great concern the developing military tension in Yemen, which form catastrophic internal war threatens the most significant human rights, right to life and safety first and other basic rights that require a reasonable presence of the State services. (Read on …)

New Russian arms shipment for Saleh’s forces in Yemen?

Filed under: Military, Proliferation, Protest Fatalities, Russia, Security Forces, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:15 pm on Monday, August 22, 2011

Russia, Yemen’s largest bilateral creditor due to enormous weapons purchases especially the big ticket MIGs, has a vested economic state in the survival of the Saleh regime. Check my category Russia for earlier.

Mareb press

Tribesmen of the revolution – west of the capital Sanaa – were able to prevent the movement of a large force made ​​up of columns of tanks, vehicles and armored trains loaded with weapons and ammunition, which was on its way to the capital Sana’a. The sources said that the convoy is from an arms deals with Russia, which arrived at the port of Hodeidah recently and includes 40 tanks and many other equipment. (Read on …)

Houthis accuse US of suicide car bombing in Al Jawf, Yemen

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Saada War, Yemen, al Jawf, protest statements, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 10:14 am on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Its al Qaeda and/or the Saleh regime that uses a remote control device to blow somebody up and/or convinces some hapless teen to become cannon fodder and/or puts a dead body in the car, and the Yemeni DNA lab that comes up with the positive ID in half an hour. As much as the Houthis are rabidly paranoid, its clear to them I’m sure that the long string of suicide bombings in Yemen would point to the AQAP murderers as the culprits in this one, either independently or as mercenaries. Maybe the Houthis are trying to de-escalate the situation by blaming the US because in no conceivable parallel universe did the US stage or execute a suicide bombing against the Houthis.

AQAP previously declared jihad on the Houthis and killed Badr al Din al Houthi (along with 14 others) in a suicide car bombing November 2010, also in al Jawf. Its this kind of irresponsible rhetoric which the Saleh regime uses to manipulate the public that the Houthis have condemned for years.

The national: SANAA // Rebel forces yesterday accused US intelligence agencies of plotting the car-bomb attack that killed two people and injured one in Al Matamma, north-east of Sanaa, on Sunday.

Al Houthi rebels said in a statement that the blast targeted a government complex in which their leaders were meeting.

“This is clearly a US intelligence-style criminal act,” the rebels said, while offering no evidence supporting their claim.

The blast came two days after the Al Houthi rebels and the Islamist Islah party agreed to a truce to end the fighting that had flared intermittently since March when Al Jawf province, in which Al Matamma is located, fell to the anti-government tribes.

The Al Houthis said the attack was intended to “provoke sectarian divisions between Yemenis”, adding that the attack was aimed to “help maintain the unjust regime” of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been facing six months of protests calling for him to relinquish power.

Yemen President’s son kills 17 women and children in Arhab; Russian media calls them “al Qaeda”

Filed under: Air strike, Donors, UN, Military, Protest Fatalities, Russia, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:20 am on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Video: Yemeni children in Arhab run for the caves as the bombing starts

Yemen owes Russia hundreds of millions for the same MIGs the regime is using to murder its own citizens. Russia is Yemen’s single largest bi-lateral creditor due to huge weapons purchases; the state is thought to have at least 18 MIGs in inventory. Russia along with China opposes regime change in Yemen and thwarted strong statements in the UN Security Council. Russia is also playing the al Qaeda card, saying the protests are hampering the regime from battling the fanatics.

The Russian article is titled Yemen fights with Al Qaeda: In the early hours of Tuesday, Yemeni forces had a fight with Al Qaeda militants in the region of Arhab in the country’s northeast. Over 20 militants were killed…Yemen’s authorities would have probably fought with Al Qaeda in their country more successfully, if not for the unstable political situation.

CNN: Fighting has been virtually nonstop for the past two months in the Arhab district, 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) northeast of Sanaa, after tribal leaders went against the government claiming that it killed four tribal members in an effort to create unrest in the district.

In the most recent bloodshed on Tuesday, witnesses said civilians comprised most of the dead from air attacks by the Republican Guard. At least 17 of the dead were children and women, they said, while only nine tribal fighters were among the killed.

At least a dozen fighters were injured, witnesses said. At least 45 tanks and armored vehicles were seen entering Arhab villages during early morning Tuesday, tribal leaders in the area said.

There’s a vid on FB that I am trying to get on Youtube of little children running from the bombing to nearby caves. Obviously some didn’t make it.

Bomb in Sanaa, assassination in Amran, truce and car bomb in al Jawf, double dealing in Abyan

Pop quiz: Q: What was the characteristic response of the Saleh regime to power sharing demands following unity in 1990 that precipitated the 1994 civil war? A: Assassinations. Hundreds of southern political leaders were assassinated, often by veterans of the Afghan jihad who were allied with Saleh.

Five protesters wounded in Sanaa by an explosive device thrown from a car with police plates.

War planes bomb Arhab, five dead. Three houses, a mosque and many farms damaged. Clashes in Nehm, 20 km south of Arhab, eight wounded.

The Yemen Post reports Hamid Al-Qushaibi of the 310th escaped a car-bomb assassination attempt in Amran province but al Sahwa reports Major Ismail al-Ghurbani, commander of the 310th Armored Brigade of the 1st Armored Division was shot dead in an assassination in Amran

A truce between Islah and the Houthis in al Jawf will go into effect 8/17 when the JMP declares the national council; Fares Manna, UN sanctioned weapons dealer and long time associate of Saleh, will be replaced as governor by Sheikh Hussein Al-Thaneen from the Islah Party.

One person was killed and three wounded Sunday evening when a suicide car bomber detonated at a gathering of Houthis near the health center in al Jawf, News Yemen reported. The Houthis blamed the US, saying “The process shows the intense action and malicious plots by the Americans and the targeting of Yemen in general and the northern areas in particular.” Mareb Press reports dozens of injuries. Interior Ministery says 14 dead and the hallmarks of al Qaeda.

16 suspected al Qaeda were killed Sunday as clashes in the province take place in seven areas. The tribesmen (like the commander of the 25th Mechanized) say that the government is arming the al Qaeda militants and providing other support.

Yemen Post: Local tribesmen in Abyan province, fighting with government against militants, are accusing the government of helping al-Qaeda fighters stay strong by attacking tribal posts and arming the militants.

According to tribal sources in Abyan, at least 19 tribesmen have been killed by government attacks.

A senior Yemeni Defense Ministry official denies that the toll is that high, but did not deny that government raids did kill tribal fighters in accidental attacks.

Over the last month, tribes have succeeded to retake more than 60 percent of the province from the hands of suspected al-Qaeda militants after the government failed to show progress in its fight against the militants since May.

At least 1600 tribesmen are fighting al-Qaeda militants in the province.

More than 15 al-Qaeda fighters were arrested on Thursday by the tribesmen as their push to cleanse the province from the militants nears the final steps.

Update: Sultan al Barakani says Hamid al Ahmar is the prime suspect in the bombing on the presidential palace because the sims cards used in mobile phones belonged to SabaFone.

Yemen’s opposition parties demand international investigation of protester deaths

Filed under: Donors, UN, JMP, Post Saleh, Protest Fatalities, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 12:52 pm on Sunday, August 7, 2011

There are a lot of murders that require an international investigation, many occurred before the rev, but any international investigation of the crimes of the Saleh regime would be a good step.

Sahwa Net- Alliance of Yemen opposition, the Joint Meeting Parties, has demanded to carry out an international probe on all mass murder atrocities in which hundreds of peaceful protestors were killed and wounded in Sana’a, Taiz and other governorates.

In a statement, JMP also demanded to investigate into the incident in which President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides were injured in a presidential palace attack and transferred to Saudi Arabia for treatment, pointing out that the Yemeni regime tries to blackmail opposition parties and other political opponents through accusing them of the incident.

In a statement, JMP said that the Yemeni regime still launches its war against Yemenis, kills peaceful protesters in Sana’a, Taiz , and other governorates.

Corrected: 20? Yemen Air Force kills 200 soldiers for refusing to attack civilians, Updated

Filed under: Military, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:17 am on Saturday, August 6, 2011

Update 2: I bumped this back to the top (scroll down for new) to add the “20?” and to note that, oddly, there’s no reporting on this in the Arabic papers at all. One person says 20 were killed. (24 RG surrendered to the tribesmen in May.) There’s no doubt about the month long bombing and the 10,000 civilian refugees though. Some are living in caves per the UN. The Arhab tribe’s statement last week denouncing the RG’s murder of tribal prisoners and corpse desecration, and their threat on Sana’a airport in retaliation, was carried by many sites, so clearly the tribe is able to communicate with the media. The Yemen Post story is still up with 200 in the article title and a fatality count of 246 in the body, so its not a typo. The paper is normally reliable and has been plugged in to events in Arhab since Nehm. w/a

Update 3: Ah, maybe a bit too plugged in. The Yemen Post corrected (without explicitly noting the correction) another fatality estimate (that was off by the power of 10) in an article published Aug 3. This is what was on their site 8/3/11 as copied here: One of the airstrikes in Arhab district after tribes were said to have seized a republican guard killed at least 400 officers and troops of those who refused to fight the tribes, he was quoted as saying by Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper.

And whats on the Yemen Post site now: One of the airstrikes in Arhab district killed a large number of armed tribesmen fighting the government as well as republican guards. The total number of death varied, with least estimates saying that at least 35 were killed in the air raids.

This doesn’t mean the entire body of the paper’s reporting should be discounted, just double checked especially on the topic of Arhab. The Yemen Post is perhaps the leading independent English language paper in Yemen, with daily updates, and unlike many, covers breaking news. Its normally quite accurate and a valuable resource. But news and reality in Yemen is best discerned by triangulating among many sources.

Media outlets often have overt bias and agendas, and usually a group or financial backer to defend and praise. The system where each political party has its own paper, and is half propaganda, often bleeds out to the independent outlets as well. The trick is discovering which particular topics each outlet is most likely to spin and comparing many reports. But even papers that strive for independence sometimes have bad sources or a lack of experience on how to issue corrections. (Look at today’s contradictory and ever changing reporting on the terrible helicopter crash in Afghanistan from the top level US media.)

The very real threat to journalists of state retaliation in Yemen has led to “red lines” and under-reporting on the Saada War, the southern independence movement and corruption, also giving a distorted western picture of Yemen. Advertisers can also impact reporting.

Adding to the confusion, the Saleh regime has been engaged in a truly massive propaganda campaign for a decade on topics from “reform” to “al Qaeda.” It may be typical of many dictators, but Saleh takes it to new heights. For a minor example the US Embassy had to issue a press release denying the regimes total fabrication of the US position laid out at a meeting. The regime also normally restricts journalists’ access (by beatings, arrests and road blocks) to conflict zones. Lastly, the lack of infrastructure (electricity, roads, rails, wireless) is a significant impediment to accurate reporting, when reporters can’t reach the scene or talk to witnesses.

Original: There are state atrocities in nearly all governorates on a daily basis. The ongoing shelling in Arhab that killed the soldiers targets not only the military base but villages, wells, mosques and other civilian infrastructure. Over ten thousand civilians are displaced due to the shelling. Hadramout is also spiking as the security forces use violence to repress protests over the death of a citizen. Update: Republican Guard shelling 1st Armored Division in the capital, Sanaa, clashes breaking out.

Yemen Air Force kills at least 200 of Its Own Forces in Arhab District Yemen Post: A senior security official in Arhab district, 40 kilometer northeast of the capital Sana’a, said that governmental warplanes attacked governmental soldiers who refused to fight pro revolution tribes in the district.

The official said that more than 240 republican guard forces in Sama’e region of Arhab refused to attack tribes with heavy artillery and were negotiating with them on surrendering the Sama’e military base of the republican guards.

In retaliation, government air forces attacked the gates of the camp killing more than 200 republican guards and at least three-dozen fighters.

“The government did not stand quiet when the guards refused orders to clash with tribes and officials in the republican guards felt it was necessary that those who disobey orders are killed,” the official said.

“The guards who surrendered did not want to attack their own people. They were killed for giving the blood of Yemenis value,” he concluded.

Eyewitnesses in Arhab confirmed the incident and the attack but gave higher death tolls on the tribes and guards lines.

This seems quite reasonable:

Marebpress translated by NYR: A preliminary statistics revealed that the war between the Republican Guard forces and Arhab tribes killed 40 people (civilians) and injured at least 120 over 4 months of bloody clashes.

The villages of Ahrab directorate were bombed by 30 air strikes by 7 brigades of the Republican Guard and the Air Defense using various types of heavy weaponry.

The survey revealed that 18 villages had been shelled since fighting broke out on March 30, and the death toll is 40 civilians, most of whom were killed at the checkpoint of the Republican Guard 62 brigade. A total of 120 number of wounded during the bombing while they are in their homes. In addition to 13 civilians abducted by the Republican Guard brigades.

More than 1500 families (each family about nine people-ed) were displaced from their homes and lived in the caves the mountain caves seeking refuge after more than 95 houses were destroyed by the bombardment. In addition 150 houses were partially destroyed and 28 citizens cars.

16 wells of water and 10 farm valleys were also destroyed in Arhab in addition to 4 mosques bombed by the Republican Guards.

Obama outlines US response to mass atrocities, serious HR violations

Filed under: Civil Rights, Protest Fatalities, USA — by Jane Novak at 4:51 pm on Thursday, August 4, 2011

Excellent, now lets see some consequences for the Salehs and all their murders. Is there going to be an Atrocities Czar to go along with the Atrocities Prevention Board? Well its something, but what happens when the war criminals are also our supposed allies against AQ? Then they are not labeled as war criminals.

Related Update: “The Organizational Committee of the People’s Youth Revolution condemns the resumption of U.S. military support for the remnants of the (Saleh) family regime and the use of U.S. weapons in the killing of peaceful civilians and puts a big question mark attached to the U.S. contradictory positions.”

FACT SHEET: President Obama Directs New Steps to Prevent Mass Atrocities and Impose Consequences on Serious Human Rights Violators

“The United States is committed to working with our allies, and to strengthening our own internal capabilities, in order to ensure that the United States and the international community are proactively engaged in a strategic effort to prevent mass atrocities and genocide. In the event that prevention fails, the United States will work both multilaterally and bilaterally to mobilize diplomatic, humanitarian, financial, and—in certain instances—military means to prevent and respond to genocide and mass atrocities.”

–National Security Strategy of the United States, May 2010

President Obama is committed to strengthening the United States Government’s ability to prevent mass atrocities and serious human rights violations. In 2010, he created the first-ever White House position dedicated to preventing and responding to mass atrocities and war crimes. And in Kyrgyzstan, Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Sudan, and elsewhere, this Administration has prioritized the protection of civilians and the prevention of mass atrocity and serious human rights violations, and employed a wide range of economic, diplomatic, and other tools in service of those ends.

Today, President Obama is directing a comprehensive review to strengthen the United States’ ability to prevent mass atrocities. The President’s directive creates an important new tool in this effort, establishing a standing interagency Atrocities Prevention Board with the authority to develop prevention strategies and to ensure that concerns are elevated for senior decision-making so that we are better able to work with our allies and partners to be responsive to early warning signs and prevent potential atrocities. Today he is also issuing a proclamation that, for the first time, explicitly bars entry into the United States of persons who organize or participate in war crimes, crimes against humanity, and serious violations of human rights. (Read on …)

Yemen: Son of governor escapes justice after massacre

Filed under: Mahweet, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:12 am on Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Protesters hold General Ali Ahmed Ali Al-Ahwal (and his band of thugs) who works in the security services responsible for the Sanaa massacre on Al-Karama (dignity) Friday, March 18 2011 during which snipers killed more than 52 protesters and 200 wounded. His absence from court is the reason the families of the slain are boycotting the trial.

He is son of the governor of Mahweet. Both are members of the GPC. His uncle Mohamed Ali Mohsen (Mohammed al-Ahwal) is the Yemeni ambassador to Saudi Arabia who sided with the protesters on March 21. The family is from Shabwa. At the time of the massacre, reports noted the snipers were shooting from the rooftop of the governor of Mahweet’s home.

Iraqi pilots bomb Yemen villages, Update: airstike kills 400 RG who refused to fight, Update 2: figure corrected to 35 at Yemen Post site

Filed under: Iraq, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:44 am on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Yemen Post later corrected (without explicitly noting it) the following article to read: One of the airstrikes in Arhab district killed a large number of armed tribesmen fighting the government as well as republican guards. The total number of death varied, with least estimates saying that at least 35 were killed in the air raids.

Another possible discrepancy in fatalities, by the power of ten, here.

Saada War redux- Iraqi pilots bomb Yemeni civilians. The impact of Saddam’s military leadership in Yemen on both the Saada War and the Iraqi insurgency was substantial.

Sahwa Net- Yemen Air Forces have recruited Iraqi pilots and used them in bombarding some Yemeni villages in Arhab after Yemeni pilots refused orders to attack the Yemeni villages, a military source revealed.

The source affirmed that the Iraqi pilots committed brutal crimes against people of Arhab, outskirt of Sana’a governorate, pointing out that they carried out many air raids on Arhab. It also said that 400 Yemeni officers and troops who refused to attack Arhab villages were killed by the air raids, pointing out that a number of Yemeni pilots who rejected orders of bombardments are still held.

Update: gruesome, state airstrike kills 400 who refused to fight the tribesmen

YP Commander Abu Hatim said the Yemen Air Force are currently using Iraqi pilots at a time when the army is continuing operations in the two districts and that the Iraqis are committing enormous crimes against the Yemeni people.

One of the airstrikes in Arhab district after tribes were said to have seized a republican guard killed at least 400 officers and troops of those who refused to fight the tribes, he was quoted as saying by Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper.

A number of the republican guard camps in Arhab are being cleansed by the army, especially those which refuse to participate in the battles with the tribes, he said, pointing out that the army is also cleansing commanders accused of links with the opposition. (Read on …)

HOOD investigates Yemeni military bombing civilians, mass executions of prisoners

Filed under: Abyan, Protest Fatalities, Refugees, Sana'a, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 7:31 am on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hood said in a statement that it formed the new teams as a result of the tragic events that accelerated in areas of Abyan, Arhab and other flashpoints, and the resulting humanitarian situation and deteriorating conditions of the civilian population especially the vulnerable groups of society including women, children and the infirm, as Hood has received reports of executions of prisoners en masse and the repeated use of weapons in the bombing of civilian areas and military and mosques.

Ahmed Saleh, head of the RG and counter-terror chief, commanded Yemen’s military forces during the 6th Saada War during which many crimes against humanity were committed including bombing refugee camps and a hospital, denial of food, medical care and international aid, and over 300,000 internal refugees were largely left without support. Bombing civilian areas in Yemen since the rev includes Ibb, Taiz, Arhab and Nehm in Sanaa, and others around the country.

40 Dead in Arhab Yemen

Filed under: Military, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Security Forces, War Crimes — by Jane Novak at 10:57 pm on Thursday, July 28, 2011

The conflict in Arhab, Sanaa began after the Taiz massacre in May when the tribesmen locked down the Republican Guard base near Nehm to prevent further civilian slaughter. The Salehs responded by shelling villages and its been ongoing ever since. The state’s bombing of villages in Arhab is occurring at the same time as long term, near continual bombing in Radfan, ongoing clashes in al Jawf between the Houthis and Islahis, a long stretch of violence in Zinjibar, Abyan and increasing violence in Taiz including indiscriminate bombing. Violence against protesters in the squares is common, and ten were injured in Hodeidah yesterday.

These escalating cycles of violence across the country bear the same characteristics as the Saada War and the targeting of the Southern Movement: indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas, blatant propaganda along with increased attacks on journalists, and collective punishment including denial of medical treatment. For more on the earlier conflicts, and how the state’s random violence bolstered the insurgencies, see my Sept.2010 article at Gloria.

SANA, Yemen (AP) — Fighting between Yemeni soldiers and armed tribesmen in a mountainous region north of Sana, the capital, killed at least 40 people on Thursday, a military official said.

The clashes in the Arhab region were part of a wider collapse in security across Yemen since the outbreak of an uprising six months ago that seeks to topple President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Armed tribesmen are battling security forces in Arhab, the southern city of Taiz and elsewhere, while militants believed to be linked to Al Qaeda have overrun towns in the country’s south.

The fighting on Thursday began when tribesmen attacked a base belonging to the Republican Guard, said Sheik Hamid Assem of the Arhab tribe. The military responded by shelling and bombing tribal positions, Mr. Assem said. A military official in Arhab said 17 soldiers had been killed in the fighting and that troops had seen the bodies of at least 23 dead tribesmen.

US trained Counter-Terror forces attack Yemen civilians, again

Filed under: Air strike, Counter-terror, Protest Fatalities, USA, War Crimes — by Jane Novak at 1:47 pm on Sunday, July 24, 2011

This BS from DOD that there’s no proof that US trained, equipped and funded Yemeni CT units have been diverted to regime protection is just that: total BS. The Republican Guard is involved in nearly every massacre and the CT forces certainly aren’t countering al Qaeda. Current US policy of “hear no evil, see no evil” is seriously endangering the US as well as encouraging the slaughter of unarmed Yemeni citizens standing for equal rights. The US policy of giving the Saleh immunity for murder is the worst of all possible strategies in terms of US national security, and I don’t say that lightly or because I’m rooting for the protesters. When coupled with US drone strikes which frequently have “collateral damage,” the policy also demonstrates a blatant disregard for Yemeni life.

al Sahwa: Sahwa Net- A US-trained Yemeni counterterrorism unit has been dispatched to fight tribesmen in Arhab , outskirt of the Yemeni capital , Sana’a, military sources said.

Forces of the Republican Guards have killed more than 40 tribesmen, wounded dozens and displaced thousands of civilians in Arhab.

The Yemeni regime had used US-trained counter-terrorism units in fighting against the followers of a tribal leader in Sana’a which continued for two weeks lately of May.

Many Yemeni politicians raise questions about the use US-trained forces participation in combating tribesmen and not engagement in the war against Al-Qaeda terrorist in Abyan.

Update: a campaign was launched to boycott US and Saudi products, and for the first time in six month, US flags burnt in Taiz-due to the Obama administration’s weak approach to Saleh’s brutality and the US’s unwillingness to support the protesters, their goal (regime change) and their right to life.

Arhab, Sanaa: 30 dead, 80 injured, thousands displaced in months of bombing

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Security Forces, Tribes, War Crimes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:55 pm on Sunday, July 17, 2011

This all began months ago when the villagers locked down the RG camp as forces were deploying to attack some protesters. The villagers also captured and burned three helicopters in Nehm. The Saleh forces began randomly bombing residential areas and infrastructure in retaliation, a standard tactic. Arhab was also the site of the December 2009 US air strike and al Zindani is around there somewhere.

Yemen Post: A citizen was killed and three others injured when the republican guard continued shelling the district of Arhab on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital Sana’a on Saturday.

Local sources said the republican guard brigade 61 heavily shelled the village of Al-Obowa with artilleries and Katyusha rockets leading to the casualties and destroying homes and properties. (Read on …)

Media Woman’s Forum documents violations against protesters

Filed under: Islah, Protest Fatalities, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 5:04 pm on Sunday, July 17, 2011

This comprehensive timeline compiled by the Woman’s Media Forum (MWF) includes violations against the protesters by the Central Security, Republican Guard, the First Armored Division (after Ali Mohsen defected to the protesters) as well as the Organizing Committee in Sanaa’s Change Square, an arm of Islah:

MWF monitors the number of violations of human rights in the recent events taking place in Yemen (Read on …)

Republican Guard bombing Taiz and Arhab while UN mission in Sanaa: HR orgs

Filed under: Donors, UN, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 8:51 pm on Friday, July 15, 2011

Statement by ITCHR and HOOD dated 7/4

Despite the presence of the United Nations Mission Taiz live nights terrifying artillery shelling

Civic organizations condemn the continuation of bombings in the province of Taiz and demands quickly stop the cycle of violence and terror daily (Read on …)

Yemen shells major city, holds show trial for snipers

Filed under: Post Saleh, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz, Yemen, Yemen's Lies — by Jane Novak at 6:51 pm on Friday, July 15, 2011

The families are boycotting the trial as its a farce; Prince Ahmed is continuing his blood thirsty quest in Taiz (and Arhab) randomly shelling, as collective punishment, various neighborhoods and villages. He along with his father are overtly guilty of a variety of war crimes, yet the US is undeterred in its fawning while insulitng and alienating what might be called the progressive element of society. Putting aside basic ethical considerations, and apparently the Obama administration has, even the coldest cynic cannot possibly think putting US domestic security in the hands of an avowed liar, murderer and al Qaeda facilitator is a good idea. Narrow minded, knee-jerk analysis holds that there are only two camps: Saleh’s and Zindani’s, Yet millions across Yemen demonstrated yesterday for “Civil Government” Friday, overtly and heatedly rejecting Zindani’s call for an Islamic state.

7/10/11 Yemen Post: Yemen started on Saturday the trial of 78 suspects accused of criminal acts against antigovernment protesters in the capital Sana’a including killing more than 60 protesters on March 18.

Security forces in and out of uniform and regime supporters snipped from rooftops protesters in the square of change outside Sana’a University after prayers on Friday of Dignity. (Read on …)

Yemen updates July 6, 2011

- Republican Guard shells a public mini-bus in Taiz, driver killed, 13 wounded including three children, attack occurred in front of a hospital, several other parts of the neighborhoods shelled by tanks and artillery: al Masdar Also Taiz, clashes after security tries to impede a mass rally demanding an immediate formation of a transitional council: al Masdar (Read on …)

HOOD calls for international orgs to remove dead bodies

Filed under: Donors, UN, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:09 am on Tuesday, June 7, 2011

There’s photos. How can they call for the UN or Red Crescent to go get them when there’s continuing danger in those areas? Why aren’t they calling on the military or rebel forces or Hadi?

Hood for Defending Rights and Freedom Organization directs an urgent appeal to the Internation Humanitarian Relief Organizations working in Yemen to quickly remove the dead bodies that are lying on the side of the roads in Hasab area in the capital, Sana’a, that began to disintegrate without any formal or informal side transfering them. (Read on …)

Taiz: tank shells area near palace, hits residential area, kills 3 kids, 1 adult

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, Protest Fatalities, Taiz, Yemen's Lies, other jihaddists, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:54 am on Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The fighting in Taiz is largely between the pro and anti governmental factions of Brigade 33 along with some civilian volunteers, not a tribe. Taiz is not a tribal area, only about 40% of Yemen is tribal.
The military/ security forces fell back from major areas but have not left the city. Al Sahwa and ohter local reporting indicates the shell was fired by the Republican Guard forces headed by Saleh’s son Ahmed.

The situation in Abyan continues to flare, 15 killed, often getting greater attention than anything else in Yemen because of the AQ packaging to the media. The opposition continues to insist its another of Saleh’s elaborate ploys: pulling back security, giving the green light to some of the state’s cadre of loyalist jihaddists and then sending the army in small numbers to be overwhelmed. While the situation remains unclear, there is no doubt that Saleh has the requisite lack of ethics required to send Yemeni soldiers to be slaughtered in order to gain a favorable sounding scroll on the cable news tickers. A good overview here at Muftah of basic fragmentation and groupings in Yemen.

MSNBC: Clashes killed 19 people, including three children, in two Yemeni provinces, military and medical officials said Tuesday.
(Read on …)

Witnesses, documents confirm US trained CT units slaughtering protesters in Yemen: al Asnag

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Security Forces, USA, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 11:09 am on Saturday, June 4, 2011

June 4th, 2011

This is a statement by Mr. Abdullah Alasnag, Ex – Minister of Foreign Affairs in Yemen who is roving several Arabian Gulf States to discuss the crisis in Yemen.

Yemen in Despair

It has become readily apparent that the Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh is losing the battle for the capital Sana’a, in a culmination of events over the past 4 months which have witnessed continuous protests calling for his removal.

Multiple reports by eye witnesses on Wednesday 1st of June 2011 confirmed that the beleaguered president is using the American trained and equipped Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) in the ongoing street fighting currently taking place in Sana’a between the dictator’s forces and armed tribesmen loyal to tribal sheikh Sadeq Al-Ahmer.

Back in 1999, former American Ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine refused Saleh’s requests for American military aid to establish a “counter terror unit/elite strike force” on fears that it would be used to crush political opponents, a fear that has since been proven correct time and time again.

Witnesses and media reports confirmed that the CTU was used by Saleh in an attempt to regain control over government buildings his forces lost to the tribesmen and were unable to regain them by force. In this connection, witnesses specifically recounted street battles in which the CTU was involved during attempts to regain both the Local Governments’ Ministry building as well as the Hasaba District Police station. The CTU lost both battles and suffered heavy losses in terms of both lives and equipment.

These reports confirm earlier reports that Saleh used the CTU to carry out criminal activities and gross human rights violations including the March 18th massacre he committed against peaceful protestors in Sana’a during which 57 demonstrators were killed and hundreds were injured. Following the incident, protestors found ID cards belonging to members of the CTU at a location used by snipers in their targeting of the protesters.

Moreover, Saleh has routinely used the CTU to target his political opponents including the 5th of January 2010 attack on Al-Ayyam Newspaper headquarters in Aden where snipers and night vision goggles were used in the attack. In a similar occurrence in 2010, the American administration was furious when it was made aware that the CTU was used in the Government’s local war with the Houthi rebellion in the northern governorate of Saada.

The disappearance and likely exit of the untrustworthy tyrant following last night’s rebel rocket attack on the Presidential palace in which it was reported that he had suffered minor injuries, presents a small window of opportunity to enable any replacing authority to lead Yemen on the path of stability and into a phase of sound economic development.

In this regard, a return to sole tribal control over the nation’s fate can no longer be considered as the best possible alternative. It is equally uncertain that a youth movement may constitute a better solution in view of failing political parties which also do not propose themselves as a trustworthy replacement.

Regional government follow-up of events in Yemen should therefore work out a comprehensive solution which accommodates Yemeni parties including prominent political leaders in exile. Such awareness could help in avoiding a total collapse of the state structure and fragmentation thereof.

Post script by Jane: In light of yesterdays statement by the Pentagon, perhaps Col. Lapan should contact Mr. al Asnag for the copies of the ID cards, contact with the witnesses and other proof.

Reuters: We’re watching closely the violence that’s occurring in Yemen,” Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said as violence raged in the Yemeni capital, where protesters are demanding an end to Saleh’s nearly 33 years in power.

“Right now we have no evidence that any of the counter-terrorism forces that we have trained are being used against protesters. We have seen reports that they have been engaged with armed forces and are looking for more information on that,” Lapan told reporters.”

US investment in Yemen’s CTUs have yielded little results. AQAP’s leadership is entirely intact and ever more well entrenched. This failure is due in large part to the double dealing of the bifurcated Saleh regime itself. Saleh’s re-deployment of US trained forces against its domestic opposition and as assassins, as al Asnag notes, was predictable, repetitive and is ongoing. The facts cannot be erased by Pentagon and State Department double talk.

Is it a turf war between the Pentagon and the CIA over the UAV’s and the CT budget on Yemen or knowledge of complicity in prior atrocities that is prompting cover for Saleh? Both the opposition parties and the protesters issued multiple statements that the new regime will allow and enable US CT ops to continue. There has to be a line somewhere that the US doesn’t cross as a matter of principle, and I thought we should have hit it in 2005 but we certainly have today. (Unless of course we did lob the bomb to the palace, but that’s just ridiculous as off-Toner said.)

Yemen’s Saleh retaliates against Hamid al Ahmar’s home, Update: Saleh medical treatment in SA

Filed under: National Dialog Committee, Presidency, Protest Fatalities, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 9:42 am on Saturday, June 4, 2011

Update: Is he or isn’t he in Saudi Arabia? Even the international media is issuing contradictory reports. The CCRYC recommends the formation of local governing and security committees. Ali al Ansi, head of the National Security, in a very Alexander Hague move, some call coup attempt, announces he is forming a military council to run the country until Saleh recovers. Others from the GPC say al Hadi should be in charge but that’s unconstitutional, not that the GPC cares much for the constitution.

Original: Its entirely unclear who launched the attack on the presidential palace: still nine theories and no evidence. Several of the wounded from the palace were flown to SA. One thing is clear, the State Department’s contacts in Yemen are so bad or so duplicitous that Toner was announcing Saleh was uninjured based on those sources. “Our Embassy staff are reaching to contacts on the ground there. We’ve received conflicting reports regarding the attack on the presidential compound, including who was injured and whether or not anyone was killed. While we have heard that President Saleh was uninjured, we can’t – we cannot yet independently confirm that… We’re saying that we have heard that he was uninjured through our contacts, but we’re still unable to independently confirm it.”

CNN: “Those transferred (to SA after attack on palace) include prime minister, Ali Mujawar; deputy prime ministers Rashad al-Alimi and Sadeq Amin Abu Rasand; Shura Council Chairman Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghani; Parliament speaker Yahya Al-Raee; and Shura Council Chairman Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghan. A Yemeni official who asked not to be named told CNN that Saleh was in the mosque when two “projectiles” were fired during Friday prayers. He confirmed the death of Sheikh Ali Mohsen al-Matari and four bodyguards. State-run news agency SABA, citing a source in Saleh’s office, said three guards and the sheikh were killed.”

al Masdar reports Saudi doctors were flown in to treat Saleh. Al Arabya and al Jazeera reporting Saleh will be (or is) flown to SA for treatment. Reports also indicate the SAudi King negotiated a cease fire in Sanaa.

Who is treating the injured protesters? Maybe the US can send that floating hospital offshore to treat the thousands injured and without care or air drop medical supplies and food.

Ahram “Ten people were killed and 35 others wounded when Republican Guard troops shelled the home” of Sheikh Hamid on Friday, in an apparent tit-for-tat attack, an aide in his office told AFP on Saturday.
(Read on …)

Obama condemns in strongest terms attack on Yemen president

Filed under: Presidency, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, USA, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 3:26 pm on Friday, June 3, 2011

After Saleh’s forces killed hundreds in Taiz including some who were burned alive, The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a announced it “condemns the unprovoked and unjustified attack on peaceful demonstrators in Taiz on the evening of May 29th, in which several demonstrators were killed and many more wounded.” Contrast that with today’s stronger statement after a mortar on the presidential palace, likely from inside the palace:

Statement by the Press Secretary (of President Obama) on Violence in Yemen: The United States condemns in the strongest terms the senseless acts of violence today in Yemen, including the attack against the Presidential Palace compound in Sana’a as well as other attacks in Sana’a and throughout the country. We call on all sides to cease hostilities immediately and to pursue an orderly and peaceful process of transferring political power as called for in the GCC-brokered agreement. Violence cannot resolve the issues that confront Yemen, and today’s events cannot be a justification for a new round of fighting. We urge all sides to heed the wishes of the Yemeni people, whose aspirations include peace, reform, and prosperity.

In meetings held June 1-3 in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan and his Saudi and Emirati counterparts expressed deep concern at the deteriorating situation throughout Yemen. Mr. Brennan said that the United States would continue to coordinate closely with both governments on developments in Yemen in an effort to help bring an end to the violence.

The US is bombing Libya but condemns an attack on Saleh? What? The US policy on Yemen is both illogical and immoral. There’s no organized political opposition in Libya at all, and rival tribes; what is the double standard all about? Despite the Pentagon’s re-branding of Saleh, he is not now and never was a good partner against al Qaeda. If I don’t understand US policy even slightly, you can imagine what Yemenis are thinking.

Update: here’s an article by the president of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies who thinks Saleh can outwit the protesters by provoking a tribal war, and that the March massacre in Sanaa was perpetrated by regime irregulars who took it upon themselves to open fire. It shows the sorry state of some analysis that is premised off Saleh’s propaganda and out of touch with the Yemeni rank and file and the tribesmen themselves. The Taiz massacre was plotted at the highest levels, as is likely of the Sanaa massacre as well.

Update: Spin baby spin and then do it faster.

Reuters:The Pentagon said on Friday it had no evidence that Yemeni counter-terrorism forces trained by the United States have been used against protesters demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

“We’re watching closely the violence that’s occurring in Yemen,” Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said as violence raged in the Yemeni capital, where protesters are demanding an end to Saleh’s nearly 33 years in power.

“Right now we have no evidence that any of the counter-terrorism forces that we have trained are being used against protesters. We have seen reports that they have been engaged with armed forces and are looking for more information on that,” Lapan told reporters.

Its clearly the Central Security and Republican Guard that are shooting unarmed protesters. What armed forces are the CT units within the CT and RG fighting, the al Ahmars, the Nehm tribesmen? What the Pentagon will accept as “proof” in this situation is unclear. The US mil needs to come to grips with the reality that it is going to lose the thousands of man hours as well as the millions of dollars invested in Saleh’s family. If anything, some of the equipment can be saved. But if the US wants to establish good CT relations with the next government of Yemen, it really needs to stop issuing idiotic statements providing Saleh with cover. Saleh’s forces killed over 100 in Taiz including dozens burned alive and 500 are still missing. It was planned at the highest levels. This is Obama’s friend who we are going to trust on al Qaeda? US policy in Yemen is a disaster of the highest magnitude.

Update: It couldn’t get more bizarre, but thats business as usual for Saleh who also accused the US of bombing the USS Cole as recently as 2006. Saleh’s spokesman accuses the US of assassination attempt and US responds the US is focused on cooperating with the Yemeni government: (Read on …)

Saleh lightly wounded in attack on palace: updated, seriously wounded

Filed under: Presidency, Protest Fatalities — by Jane Novak at 10:00 am on Friday, June 3, 2011

The state announced minor injuries to Saleh during a mortar attack inside the palace compound at prayer time. There’s nine versions already. Sadiq al Ahmar denies it was his forces. Stories floating include an inside job (mutiny), defected pro-change military, renegades and a total fabrication etc. Hamid al Ahmar said to al Arabya that Saleh masterminded it himself as an excuse to launch heavier attacks on the al Ahmar bros. Some contend its logistically impossible to shell the mosque from outside the palace.

YemRevNews: Confirmed news that Rashad Al-Alemi is currently in ICU in 48 Hospital (RepGuard Hospital) along with other officials. Iman Ali Al Matari reported killed. Speculation from Yemenis now includes a US smart missile, but if that was the case, Saleh would be a goner. If the regime is reporting Saleh is slightly injured, odds are its more serious because their first instinct always is to lie. Update: reliable sources indicate the injuries are severe, despite the regime announcement that they are minor cuts.

The audio is getting a mixed reaction from Yemenis, some of whom dispute it was him. If Saleh is out of commission, do Ahmed and the nephews (the four horsemen of the Apocalypse) battle among themselves? One reaction: “Yemenis relate Saleh to Alqaeda & now he’s sending audio tapes like OBL. I won’t be surprised if he’s in a cave now.” Saleh said seven were killed in the attack today.

WSJ Online: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh suffered light injuries to the head on Friday when the presidential palace was shelled by the opposition, according to government officials. (Read on …)

Yemen: protesters burnt alive, buried in mass graves

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, War Crimes, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 8:30 am on Friday, June 3, 2011


Over 250 at least were killed in Taiz, Yemen over the past four days. On May 29th, at 3 am, forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh attacked Freedom Square in Taiz.

Water cannons filled with gasoline sprayed tents where protesters were sleeping. Thousands of protesters were camping in the Square since February demanding Saleh’s immediate resignation. The tents were set ablaze and fleeing citizens shot by roof top snipers as they ran. Many were unable to escape the fires including the disabled and children as indicated by the photos linked below. The massive protest site was cleared after hours of carnage, with bulldozers scraping up the remains of tents and persons by the morning.

The protesters attempted to retake the square over the next days only to be shot point blank causing over one hundred additional fatalities.


Reports are emerging that Saleh’s forces again kidnapped severely wounded protesters and took corpses. The practice of body snatching was first reported in Aden February 25th.

Protesters killed by security forces were buried in a mass grave in Aden on February 27 a ranking Yemeni official confirmed today.

The grave site is on the eastern edge of the Salahu Deen military camp, near little Aden, and was first reported last week.

The official said 15 protesters were buried together in an unmarked single grave about eight meters long, speaking anonymously due to the high risk of government reprisal.

In May, Saleh’s henchmen again captured critically wounded and the dead bodies dumping them in a mass grave chopped up in garbage barrels:

Sahwa Net, Sana’a- Medical sources at the Military Hospital in Sana’a have revealed that dozens of corpses of protesters who were killed by security forces were hidden by the Yemeni authorities in unknown places in an attempt to conceal evidence of crimes committed against peaceful demonstrators.

The sources affirmed that the Central Security and the Republican Guard kidnapped dozens of the killed and wounded persons and escaped them.

Security sources affirmed that the corpses of protesters were transferred from the Military Hospital’s mortuary in framework of a security campaign to conceal evidence of murder crimes committed by security forces against peaceful protests…

A Yemeni human rights organization, Hood, revealed that dozens of protesters’ bodies were taken into a cemetery at Artel area of the capital, Sana’a.

Hood further said that it received statements from medical sources saying that dozens of protesters corpses were taken to graves after the mid night on a Hilux, affirming that some residents of Artel area informed it, just after 12 hours of receiving those statements, that they found out a mass grave in which 15 bodies were buried.

HOOD, a leading and well respected human rights organization, reported that body parts were found in trash barrels in May likely of protesters disappeared in April:

Hood confirmed that it received information and testimonies written and documented about the central security forces and gunmen in civilian clothes attacking the demonstrators with live bullets, sharp weapons and poison gas on Saturday night 04/09/2011 in Zubairy Street and Ring Road, which led to the downfall of a number of dead and wounded.

Hood quoted witnesses saying that “Nearly 20 people were pulled to some personnel carriers and government vehicles transferred to an unknown destination and their injuries were at the head, neck, chest, abdomen and some of them had died.” Also, confirmed that it had received “certificates for a mass graves in the area of “ Bait Boss”, body parts were found in trash barrels in that area, it is believed it belong to protesters who were arrested during the massacre of Kentucky Round in Sana’a. Attorney General has received a notification of this.”

The Saleh regime simultaneously engages in mass arrests as it steals corpses and kidnaps the wounded. Family members hope their missing relatives are “disappeared” in the dungeons of Yemeni prisons, as thousands are. Current reports indicate at least 500 were taken the night of May 30th, and it is unknown how many are dead in a mass grave.


The US is continuing to urge Saleh to accept a proposal to resign with a promise of immunity for his crimes, which he reneged on three times already. Yemen’s opposition parties and the Gulf Cooperation Council, which sponsored the negotiations, have both withdrawn support for the deal. The US strongly supported Saleh since protests began as an important partner in counter-terror, and President Obama called Saleh a friend in a major speech on the Middle East in May. However Saleh’s duplicity in dealing with al Qaeda is unparalleled, well documented and a clear threat to US national security.

Opposition parties and the protesters coalition have both pledged to continue cooperation with the United States in fighting al Qaeda after the fall of Saleh. Nonetheless, the policy and statements of the Obama administration remain limp and muted in the face of continuous atrocities, an inexplicable response to the millions in Yemen seeking a civil, democratic state. It is the divisions containing US trained CT units, headed by Saleh’s relatives, that are engaging in horrific crimes against Yemeni citizens, often with US supplied equipment including tear gas and vehicles.


A large protest in Taiz February 21st rattled the Saleh regime. Thousands camped out in Freedom Square continuously until May 30 when the square was cleared by fire and bullets.

A protest march in Taiz May 6 affirmed solidarity with protesters in southern Yemen

For photos of the citizens burnt alive, click here (warning extremely graphic).

This video shows Saleh’s thugs shooting straight into the crowd on May 29th, hours before the square was assaulted, but doesn’t show anybody being hit:

250 killed in Yemen this week, Clinton trying to dislodge Saleh

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Taiz, USA, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 9:11 am on Thursday, June 2, 2011

The 110 listed are in Sanaa only, well over 100 were killed in Taiz when Saleh set fire to the protesters camp and in the days since.

Clinton: US working to remove Yemeni president, Thu May 26, 9:40 am ET

PARIS – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States is troubled by political intransigence in Yemen amid ongoing violence there.
Clinton says Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has repeatedly “reneged” on promises to step down, and she says the U.S. and other countries are trying hard to get him out. The U.S. had backed Saleh in exchange for cooperation against a branch of al-Qaida headquartered in Yemen, but Washington withdrew its support as Saleh pressed a violent crackdown on protesters this spring.
Intense battles spread across Yemen’s capital Thursday. At least 28 people were killed as the four-day death toll neared 110.
The State Department on Wednesday ordered nonessential U.S. diplomats to depart Yemen and urged all Americans there to leave as security conditions deteriorated.

Still pushing the GCC initiative:

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has dispatched a top aide to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the deteriorating situation in Yemen, the White House said on Wednesday. (Read on …)

News, communication blackout in Yemen as new violence erupts in Sanaa, Updated

Filed under: Media, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 8:21 pm on Monday, May 30, 2011

Update 3: JMP officially withdraws from Gulf intiative

Update 2: report from Abyan- Fadhli is not involved with any kind of clashes right now. Residents are evacuating Zanjibar. The militants that the Yemeni government claims are AQ are not AQ but rather loyalists to Salah. Airstrikes are not targeting them but instead they target civilians. There is no security in the city whatsoever, just chaos.

Military camps have surrendered their weapons to these militants. Saleh has instructed commanders of the camps to give up and surrender. The militants are not in one place; they have spread all over the city. Fadhli’s house was hit. People are panicking, even those with Fahdli have no idea how should they act now.

Update: So far so good, no mass casualty event overnight in Sanaa. The fighting appears to be about taking over government buildings. YP: “Clashes resumed in Sana’a Wednesday morning after a mediation committee failed to reach a ceasefire between al-Ahmar family and the Yemeni government. Hundreds of explosions were heard in the capital today. Ahmar tribes have retaken the ministries it handed over to the mediation committee earlier this week and is expanding. This comes as 2000 additional govt troops have been deployed near change square Sana’a. Protesters fear that a new massacre will take place in Sana’a after more than 61 protesters were killed by security forces in Taiz.”

Seven killed in Taiz as protesters regroup. Update: 12, damn, 7 of them in Wadi Al-Qadi, 2 in Markazi and 2 on Misrakh Road in Taiz. Female protesters refuse to leave and surrounded as live fire continues in Wadi al Qadi.

Zanjibar: via the English FB news group: “Anees Mansour to AJA: Navy forces fired missiles at the city while civilians wave white flags. The people that fleed Zanjibar broke into schools in Aden to find themselves a home; hospital is full of injured and appeals to address the humanitarian situation. All attemps to take out the gunmen have failed because of the inistence of the gunmen on rejecting, all calming attemps have been refused by the gunmen. The victories that the regime is announcing are imaginary vitories and civilians are paying the price; military enhancements that the regime is talking of, did not arrive until now…Saleh’s forces are artillery shelling Hamza Mosque in Ja’ar near MTN and the girls school, Abyan.”

The British travel warning is dire: Anyone with British relatives or friends in strife-torn Yemen is being urged to contact them and plead with them to get out of the country while they still can.

General Hussain Arab denies authorizing his name to be included on Military Statement 1. His signature on the travel document for al Nashiri was supposed to be a forgery too.

Original: The Communications Ministry confirms Sabaphone is shut down, citing violations but it is retaliation toward Hamid al Ahmar, majority shareholder. Or worse yet, a black out in advance of impending crimes. The official TV channels are shutting down, the government announced it as generator maintenance. Its 3 am in Sanaa. All international calls from cell phones are blocked. Cutting the phones is standard proceedure for the Saleh regime; the tactic was used in years past during the Saada War and in Dhalie. The electricity is off in broad sections of Sanaa and Yemen further interrupting communications. And there’s sounds of gunfire and bombing throughout the capital. They always attack at night. It was 3 am when they set the tents ablaze in Taiz. The protesters there are still facing live fire when they try to re-enter the square.

All sorts of large explosions are being reported in Sanaa. (Read on …)

US condemns attack on protesters in Taiz, urges Saleh to move immediately to transfer power

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Taiz, USA — by Jane Novak at 1:51 pm on Monday, May 30, 2011

The US says a nice word about the protesters and says they should be included in discussions.

U.S. Condemns Attack on Peaceful Protesters in Taiz
May 30, 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a condemns the unprovoked and unjustified attack on peaceful demonstrators in Taiz on the evening of May 29th, in which several demonstrators were killed and many more wounded. We commend the youth protesters who have shown both resolve and restraint and have made their viewpoint known through non-violent means.
We reiterate President Obama’s recent call for President Saleh “to move immediately on his commitment to transfer power,” and we emphasize that the way forward is not through violence. Parties must work together with one another and with the youth, who are the future of Yemen, to build a more peaceful, prosperous and secure nation.

In other statements today the JMP “condemned strongly condemns the kidnapping of three French nationals working in humanitarian relief in Hadramout Governorate…the abduction incident, which came just days after the the Government of France showed a strong and supportive position to the demands of the Yemeni people and the peaceful revolution, put question marks on the timing and the identity of the perpetrators and their goals.” I also question the timing.

UK Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt also condemns the violence in Taiz, issues a threat, “The reach of international justice is long, and the regime should note this” but then urges Saleh sign the GCC agreement, which gives him another two months and immunity from the massacre yesterday. What are they waiting for? He’s not leaving voluntarily and there’s no reason not to start international proceedings now.

For a cold splash of reality, See Don’t Believe Yemen’s Mythical Civil War at the Trench: (Read on …)

SOHR: indiscriminate bombing by the Yemeni military in Zanjibar, Ja’ar, al Kaud

Filed under: Abyan, Protest Fatalities, protest statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:50 am on Monday, May 30, 2011

Southern Observatory for Human Rights issues distress call to Red Cross and international orgs. Yemen packages it as six civilians were killed and nine others were wounded on Sunday when Yemeni military forces shelled al-Qaida hideouts. They are suddenly fighting al Qaeda now, from the air after withdrawing forces.

Distress call to the international organizations and the International Committee of the Red Cross

May 30, 2011

Sirs and madams in the international organizations and the International Committee of the International Red Cross

The Southern Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) presents its best compliments to you. And it appeals you in an urgent way that does not bear waiting or delaying to meet some demands, since the fact that there are many people of the south are exposed to murder, torture and seizure till this very moment by the Yemeni forces stationed in Abyan, southern Yemen.

According to our own sources that the cities of Zanzibar, Al-Kaud, and Ja’ar are subjected to indiscriminate bombing by the Yemeni military forces stationed in the region, resulting in the death and wounding of dozens of citizens, including many women and children. (Read on …)

Dictator’s forces kill four, shoot 90 in Taiz, Update artillery fired on protesters, Update 2: ongoing, tents burnt, corpses stolen, injured trapped

Filed under: Abyan, Military, Protest Fatalities, Security Forces, Taiz, protest statements, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:30 pm on Sunday, May 29, 2011

51, the deaths so far are tallied at 51, but many corpses and injured were kidnapped by the security forces. The water cannons shot petrol or gas on the protesters tents at 3 am while they were still inside, many burned. Charred bodies of children and the disabled were discovered this morning. Details and sniper videos below the fold.

Summary from the YT:Taiz, May 30 – A group of security force soldiers have raided the protest camp in the heart of Taiz city, known as the “Freedom Square”, at 3:00 AM on Sunday, 30 May, killing dozens of people and injuring others.

The loyalist soldiers attacked the square from all directions and gunmen in police and plain clothes shoot at protesters from the roofs of surrounding buildings. (Read on …)

Tribal attacks on Yemeni military forces, ongoing updates

Filed under: Military, Protest Fatalities, Tribes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:32 am on Friday, May 27, 2011

Summary: there is no civil war in Yemen or even the immediate prospect of one; the Bakil and Hashid tribes are on the same side against Saleh. Bakil tribesmen took over one of the largest Republican Guard bases, Salah has been shelling their villages for six hours in Nehm, Sanaa. AQAP did not take over Abyan. As it looks at the moment, state jihaddists were given the green light by the National Security to burn the bank in Zanzibar. The danger is of Saleh shelling.

Original: Maybe I’m jaded from all the years of the bloody Saada War, but what’s going on today seems rather controlled. Yemeni tribes in various locations are attacking the Republican Guard, and there’s no civilians in the middle. Only the state forces will deliberately or indiscriminately attack civilians; the tribes will make efforts to avoid them. The danger is not civil war but indiscriminate bombing by the Yemeni Air force. The more Saleh bombs, the less likely civil war becomes. The military capacity of Yemeni tribesmen is substantial. To follow are loose reports from multiple sources; check back for updates.

Sanaa City- Yemen Post reports no clashes overnight. Huge anti-government protests, the 16th Friday of the rev, but no protest by Saleh supporters; attack on mediators caused a significant peel away. 24 hour truce in effect after mediation, security taking potshots but al Ahmar forces not responding.

In speech at protest, Sadiq al Ahmar says mediation is ongoing and he fully backs the peaceful protest movement. Al-Ahmar told protesters in At-Taghir, “We are now in mediation and there has been a ceasefire between the two sides. But if Ali Abdullah Saleh returns (to fighting) then we are ready. We are steadfast and victorious. We wanted it (revolution) to be peaceful but Saleh, his sons and his clique wanted war. We will not leave them the opportunity to turn it into a civil war.”

Some Islahis agitating to take up arms but most protesters remain committed to a peaceful rev, and a (non-partisan) civil coalition moved to an adjacent site.

Info Min: eight ministries are in hands of the Al Ahmar forces.

*Saleh forces lose or give up 5 compounds in Ammeran, Arhab, Nahim and other areas around Sanaa. 10 am EST

Context: Backgrounder on the al Ahmar bros by at BBC by Ginny Hill .

Nehm, Sanaa north of Sanaa- 12 dead (5 tribesmen, 7 RG), dozens injured in fighting a/o 8:30 est. Three military units surrender. Commander of the RG 26 Brigade was killed *in helicopter crash. Retaliatory MIG 29 air strikes ongoing for six hours. RG 26 Brigade regional HQ w/ oversees Sanaa, al Jawf and Marib. *According to tribesmen, the camp contains a large arsenal of military tanks, armored vehicles, missiles, Katyusha rockets, in addition to a huge stockpile of ammunition and military equipment.

Tribe confiscates 3 helicopters. For more details, including helicopter crash, paratrooper fail and death of commander, see Mareb press. *Tribes retaliated after helicopters bombed villagers houses near a military position.

CNN: Defense Min official: 7 Air Force bombers deployed to Nehm, where 2 military compounds were overtaken by tribal fighters.

Locals to Marebpress : Two of the pilots who landed with their planes in Nahm refused to fire & now they are our guests

Context: Nehm tribes attacked RG in revenge for the death of mediator Mohammed Abulhoom at the compound of Sadiq al Ahmar. Nehm are of the Bakil tribal confederation, the largest in Yemen, although the Hasid confederation more politically powerful. The RG is under the command of Ahmed, Saleh’s son. This is one of the largest RG compounds in Yemen.

US delivered four Hueys to Yemen 2/2/11.

Nehm tribe on 5/13 took tanks from 101 Infantry Brigade when they tried to redeploy to Hadramout. Nehm and al Haima were bombed on 5/16 in retaliation. See al Tagheer’s article today for more on the Nehm locking down the RG for several weeks.

Arhab, Sanaa- fighting yesterday between tribesmen and RG, RG defeated or set back. Six people killed in clashes Wednesday, when fighters tried to prevent security officers from leaving two bases in Arhab to reinforce government troops in the capital, about 20 miles away.

Context: tribesmen across Yemen have repeatedly prevented the RG from redeploying to Sanaa and other protest sites from various bases. Arhab is the home of Abdulmagid al Zindani, longtime Saleh loyallist recently an oppositionist, and was the location of one of the US airstrikes targeting al Qaeda in December. I wrote about it years ago as a way station for al Qaeda training, under Saleh’s protection. Also home to Abdulelah Haider Shayer, al Zindani’s brother in law and close associate of Awlaki, who is currently in jail.

Amran- Under al Ahmar control, tribe has 600 pick-ups

Taiz- many citizens came from outlying areas to join today’s protests

Abyan- falling to tribesmen, Yemeni air force retaliates. Alnajda camp fell to armed men, ongoing fighting for control of the military brigade stationed in Abyan city.

Looting: “Scores of deaths in clashes in Zanzibar and Abyan. Military aircraft bombed a mountain about an hour before Khanfar Bdjaar with two missiles. Loose security is unprecedented in the Abyan and looted the central bank and mail in Zanzibar and Ahrachma and fomenting strife there in order to start a civil war.” See photo below.

*Alsahwa net: National Security director coordinates with militants to create chaos in Abyan and AQAP fears in west: “Saleh hands over areas of Abyan to gunmen, saying they are al Qaeda, and this delivery is under the supervision of the director of the National Security.”

al Masdar: militants burn bank, buildings in Zanzibar with no intervention from nearby military units. Residents accuse regime of complicity as Saleh fulfills his promise that Abyan will fall to terrorists.

Context: The state withdrew some military forces weeks ago, the day before the awful explosion at the ammo dump. An online statement from AQAP today regarding Abyan should be taken with a grain of salt. Salah has online stooges in FB, twitter, blogs and for sure in the jihaddis forums. Saleh also has loyalist jihaddists like al Nabi and Sami Dhayan who do his dirty work for money.

al Jawf- heavy clashes reported between al Houthis and tribesmen ongoing for weeks

Lahj- Habalean held a march and protest Thursday. The normally scheduled “prisoners day” protest by the southern independence movement commemorated the fallen, with many speakers and poetry.

Ibb- Huge anti-government protest Vid here

Hadramout- pro-independence protest, “prisoners day,” from the looks of the photos, a significant crowd attended

Marib- state reconnects electrical line, power restored to many part of Yemen.

Al-Baydah- Massive marches

Saada-Hundreds of thousands of Saada province in a massive march confirms the meanings of national cohesion, vids:






International- G8 condemns violence against protesters and says Saleh needs to go immediately. Protest today at UN in NY, joint Syrian, Yemeni pro-democracy.

Comic relief: even UBL thought Awlaki is an idiot. Documents indicate UBL was in direct contact with Attiyatullah al-Libi and dismissed Awlaki as AQ leader in Yemen, ie-AQAP wanted to name him as head and UBL nixed it.

Australian: Bin Laden’s Yemeni wife tipped off the US or was tracked, older wives accuse. “The joke in Pakistan is that Bin Laden called in his location to CIA because he was being driven mad cooped up for five years with so many wives and children.”

Abyan National Bank

Yemen’s tribes begin to stand against Saleh

Filed under: Presidency, Protest Fatalities, Tribes, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 10:53 am on Thursday, May 26, 2011

The only way Saleh will leave is by force, that’s been clear for years. The only effective check on executive authority in Yemen is the tribes, and they may just do it now. Beyond “the call” from al Ahmar, I am tracking down another tribal statement that the death of Saleh is now halal.

Update: its here at al Masdar: Sheikh Khalid Al Awadi said if the fighting is not ended in two days, tribesmen are ordered to leave the military and join the youth revolution in the squares of change and freedom, ie- Sanaa and Taiz. The title of the article is The blood is free after the killing of President Saleh meaning halal. Sheikh Sadiq al Ahmar said to Reuters, “Saleh will leave Yemen barefoot.”

The only thing the US can do in this situation is issue a clear, multi-sentence statement against Saleh, promising US humanitarian aid to the following government, in order to demoralize any of Saleh’s followers who are wavering. Freezing his funds would be a good step as well initiating any action at the UN, today. Then the USG, the Yemeni protesters, tribes, opposition parties would all be on the same side, a good place when Saleh is dethroned, which is coming, wrought with destruction and blood in its path, but its coming.

In the last decade, whenever Saleh initiated hostilities against domestic groups like the Houthis or Southerners, the way he did it increased the opposition forces substantially. There are strong norms supporting civilian immunity and the tribal concept of protected places in Yemen. That was the thesis of my 15 page report at MERIA, Comparative Counter-Insurgency in Yemen, September 2010.

The following is a good article as usual from Ahmed al Hajj for the AP. The Hashid tribal confederation is the most powerful in Yemen, but the Bakil is the larges. The mortar attack on the compound of the paramount sheikh of the Hashid, Sadiq al Amhar, killed Saleh’s own mediators. Moreover it was also extremely rude by Yemen standards. They are an extremely polite people, quite lovely actually.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Intense battles spread across Yemen’s capital Thursday between government forces and opposition militiamen from powerful tribes that warn of civil war unless embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh steps down. At least 28 people were killed as the four-day death toll neared 110…

Under Yemen’s ancient codes, tribal leaders can declare that members follow their orders above all others. This potentially gives tribal chiefs the power to order government soldiers from their clans to stand down. (Read on …)

Over 50 killed in overnight clashes in Sanaa, Yemen

Filed under: Presidency, Protest Fatalities, Sa'ada, Tribes, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 7:24 am on Thursday, May 26, 2011

President Saleh never had any intention of stepping down and played the international community very well for three months. He drew out negotiations, and reneged three times on signing the agreement he dictated to the US and Gulf countries. Then he attacked the mediators, besieging the US ambassador on Sunday with an armed mob of ruling party loyalists. Monday Saleh began shelling the compound of his main tribal rival, Sadiq al Ahmar in Sanaa the capital.

Clashes raged for hours. Tuesday Saleh sent his negotiators to the al Ahmar home (some say with a tracking device serendipitously planted on one of them) to mediate an end to the violence that he started. Then he bombed the compound, killing his own people who were still in the home. This of course triggered more clashes between the military and defected military with tribesmen on both sides that continues today. Saleh is claiming to be the victim, another standard tactic in the wake of state violence.

Saleh is now showing his true face to the world and his intention to retain power at all costs. President Saleh devastated the northern province of Saada, bombing for years (2004-2010), displacing 300,000 citizens and then blocking aid to the internal refugees. He ravaged the south and openly slaughtered hundreds of unarmed pro-independence protesters (2007-2010). He will do it to the capital Sana’a without a twinge of conscience.

After three months of nationwide pro-democracy protests, over 100 casualties mostly by head shots, and over 10,000 injuries among the unarmed protesters, yesterday President Obama finally said, as a one line throw-in during a press conference in the UK, “We call upon President Saleh to move immediately on his commitment to transfer power.” The only way Saleh will go is by force. The important impact of a clear Obama statement, if it ever occurs, will be to demoralize Saleh’s supporters not encourage any rationality on Saleh’s part.

During Obama’s hour long Middle East policy speech a week ago, huge throngs of protesters around Yemen waited as Obama ticked through the nations in the region, expounding on each. When he got to Yemen, Obama called Saleh his friend. Yemen also only had one line in that speech: “President Saleh needs to follow through on his commitment to transfer power.” The deal Saleh turned down afforded him immunity from prosecution and scheduled presidential elections in two months, a shoe-in for his son, Ahmed, head of the Republican Guard and the counter-terror unit.

Update, US position remains wimpy. There is a blackout of both news and electricity in Sanaa, besides the language barrier. This limp statement is not going to even penetrate: May 26 (Reuters) – The United States condemns the violence in Yemen and believes it underscores the need for a peaceful transfer of power, White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said on Thursday.

Yemen Post: The head of office for Sadeq Ahmar, Abdul Qawi Qaisi said that more than 50 people were killed and 110 injured in last nights clashes between Hashed tribes and republican guards.

Clashes continued for more than eight hours near Sana’a International Airport and in Hasaba zone of Sana’a.

The Defense Ministry announced earlier today that four more were killed yesterday evening by Hashed tribes.

Tribes in Arhab confirmed that nine tribesmen were killed in clashes between Arhab tribesmen and republican guards last night.

The government has not yet announced its casualties from soldiers.

“5 rockets turned the dark night into daylight around 3 am today in Sanaa these rockets are supplied by the US to saleh and he used them on Sh. Sadeq’s house today they are preventing the people from leaving Sanaa, and the Hasaba district looks like Gaza or Beirut in the 80’s with buildings riddled with ammunition holes today the clashes did not stop and there are un confirmed roomers that Ahmed Ali Saleh was shot and seriously injured by one of his body guards.”

Hell begins to break loose in Sanaa

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:52 pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Updates: Saleh shelling Interior Ministry after al Ahmars took it over, while IM Mutahar Rashad Al-Masri is still trapped inside. State Department orders nonessential US diplomats to leave Yemen as security deteriorates. Video from inside al Ahmar compound. Kawlan tribes denounce attack on Al Ahmar compound and deaths caused by the hysterical Ali Abdullah Saleh. Blackwater trained the RG? No no no.

Original: “It seems to be all out war from the Republican Guards bases in Arhab North of Sana’a to the First Armored Division Headquarters and at various areas of Sana’a. As predicted the attack on Sheikh Sadiq was just an entry point to Saleh’s own self declared civil war, North and North West Sana’a is rocked by ongoing explosions of various ordnance.”

The importance of the Obama statement is not to convince Saleh but his supporters that the game is up. The following article neglects entirely to mention that Saleh reneged for the third time Sunday, murdered his own mediators and began shelling Tuesday. Today’s fighting remains localized between the two militias. Electricity is very low and water scarce.

AFP: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday repeated his call for Yemen’s leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit as clansmen loyal to a powerful opposition tribal chief seized buildings and battled security forces in Sanaa.

“We call upon President Saleh to move immediately on his commitment to transfer power,” Obama said at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London.

Three days of fighting has killed more than 44 people in the Yemeni capital, according to an AFP tally based on reports by medics, the government and tribesmen.

Saleh shells his own mediators at al Ahmar home

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Transition, Tribes, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 10:49 pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Qamish is now with the revolution. The documents from the interior ministry were seized and are in secure location.

1) They used a Howitzer canon to strike the al Ahmar house, where Saleh’s mediation committee was on the phone with him negotiating a cease fire. The committee are all injured with Sh. Mohammed Mohammed Abu-Louhoom announced dead a few minutes ago. PSO head Galeb Al-Qamesh is seriously injured. The attack brought new tribes into the battle on the side of the protester when their sheikhs were attacked. The ministries of Local Authority and Education fell. (Read on …)

Many dead in Sanaa, homeless and injured

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:42 pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Interior Ministry says nine but other reports go higher. The Yemen Post reports 40 tribesmen, 15 policemen and four civilians. The Defense Ministry reports, “An official security source said Tuesday that al-Ahmar sons and their armed gangs attacked the Interior Ministry, Rescue Police camp, Saba News Agency, Ministry of Tourism, Yemenia airlines building…” The residents displaced by the fighting have no where to go.

Irish Times: Yemeni loyalist forces fought street battles with guards from a powerful tribal federation whose leader has sided with protesters demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule, witnesses said today

The opposition warned that such attacks by loyalists, which residents said targeted the mansion of tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar, could spark a civil war. (Read on …)

Watan calls for cease-fire

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 2:27 pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

To ICRC, Humanitarian Orgs and Diplomatic Missions, please call for cease fire to safely evacuate the civilians in Al Hassaba Zone, Sana’a

May 24th, 201
Since yesterday May 23, armed conflict between the troops of the Saleh regime and the forces of Sheikh Al Ahmmer in Al Hassaba Zone is still raging and rising strongly. There are hundreds of armed men from both sides fighting with small arms and heavy weapons using the houses and government facilities like schools and civil services offices as war bases. The armed conflict has spread to the neighborhoods and sub-streets of Al Hassaba Zone which led to closure of shops and cut off water and electricity. Therefore people started to move down from their home to safer places in Sana’a including the Square of Change seeking for protection and shelter. The conflict has resulted to number of causalities (number of causalities and deaths among civilians including women and children).

We, Watan Coalition- Women for Social Peace, call the ICRC, humanitarian organizations operating in Yemen, and organizations of the world and the international community to make an immediate pressure to end this violence in order to preserve the safety of civilians. We also invite them to make all necessities to protect the peaceful demonstrators in the Change Square and to help them with their aid work for providing IDPs of Al Hassaba with shelter, food and medication.

Saleh’s thugs burn woman alive in Sanaa? Update probably not

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Security Forces, War Crimes, Women's Issues — by Jane Novak at 4:30 pm on Sunday, May 22, 2011

I’m hoping this is another false story planted to discredit the opposition media. Update: I am increasingly skeptical as no one saw it and after 24 hours the family hasn’t come forward. There was another fake two months ago where a female student leader was supposedly arrested in Hodiedah. HOOD announced and retracted a notice about a boy raped to death in Sanaa. False stories planted by the regime are designed to undermine the opposition media. The photo accompanying the story is of a Saudi women and a different news story.

SOS: Human Rights Activists seek the International Community’s support

A statement issued by Sister Arab Forum

Today, a female protest activists in Yemen , Ghania Alaraaj was burned to death by the pro-regime tugs in Sana’a, who were spread in the southern part of the capital Sana’a , and cut roads in the morning in Sana’a.

We call upon the International Community to help activist from such brutal acts by Saleh regime.

Pro-Saleh tribesmen close road

Filed under: Military, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Security Forces, Tribes, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 9:09 am on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Its just so complicated and so dangerous. Apparently the tribesmen closed the road after the Republican Guard failed to retake a military camp occupied by the First Armored a/k/a Ali Mohsen’s forces

Yemen Times: A source in the area explained to the Yemen Times on Wednesday that the pro-Saleh tribesmen closed the road on Wednesday after another group of pro-Saleh tribesmen have failed to take control of a military base in the Bani Mater district, 35 km west of the capital Sana’a belongs to the First Armored Division last Friday. (Read on …)

Yemen rev: bombing locals is bad

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 1:22 pm on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This article relates that locals (tribesmen) blocked a main road to stop the Reublican Guard from re-deploying. To some limited degree, tribesmen are locking down the RG around the country. These overall are standard tactics, tribesmen generally block roads and the Saleh regime generally bombs. Many fear an escalation into a civil war between Saleh’s forces around the country and Mohsen’s forces which are protecting those protesters in Sanaa. However, it is equally if not more likely that Saleh will react to increased pressure the way he has done before: bombing. Saleh bombed Saada extensively and indiscriminately from 2004 to 2011, and began bombing Radfan, Dhalie and other southern town in 2009. This was never a problem for any external actors. The US dubbed it an internal affair despite a congressional report showing the US CT aid was being diverted to Saada. Saudi Arabia joined in the aerial campaign for the sixth Saada War, named Operation Scorched Earth. The fact that long time AQ operative Ammar al Waeli (among many others including Khalidabdul Nabi) was fighting for Saleh in Saada didn’t seem to alarm anybody either.

Sahwa Net- The Security Guards bombarded on Wednesday a rural area, Alhaimah, close to the capital, Sana’a , killing on civilian and wounding five others.

The bombardment brought about blockading a main road linking between the port city of Hodeidah and Sana’a, local sources told Sahwa Net.

Forces of the Republican Guard led by General Ali Abdul-Haq had headed to Haimah in order to recreate a new military position, but the citizens of the area refused that, therefore , the forces resorted to bomb them, local sources affirmed.

Mass graves of kidnapped protesters in Yemen

Filed under: Civil Society, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Security Forces, War Crimes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:57 pm on Monday, May 16, 2011

I’m reposting my article from March 3 on this topic below the fold because I couldn’t remember where the first mass grave was: on the eastern edge of the Salahu Deen military camp near little Aden. Apparently the government of Yemen is repeating the practice in Sanaa, stealing corpses in an effort to reduce the known number of fatalities. The following is an article published today at al Sahwa:

Sahwa Net, Sana’a – Medical sources at the Military Hospital in Sana’a have revealed that dozens of corpses of protesters who were killed by security forces were hidden by the Yemeni authorities in unknown places in an attempt to conceal evidence of crimes committed against peaceful demonstrators.

The sources affirmed that the Central Security and the Republican Guard kidnapped dozens of the killed and wounded persons and escaped them.
(Read on …)

Mass graves and expired gas canisters in the Yemen revolution: HOOD publishes documents

Filed under: Medical, Ministries, Protest Fatalities, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:14 am on Monday, May 16, 2011

The documents HOOD published were translated by Yemen Rights Monitor, an excellent site in English to follow all the news of the rev.

Regarding the heightened and unusual effects of the tear gas on the protesters, it says in document that the smoke bombs are expired and cause long term health problems, addressed to the interior minister Rashad Al-Masri.

I wrote about a mass grave in Aden in February and as well as later reports of security forces kidnapping wounded protesters to artificially reduce the number of fatalities.

Hood also spoke of its possession of official documents reveal the crimes committed by official orders and official complicity to conceal, other crimes committed, related to some political backgrounds.
Hood confirmed that it received information and testimonies written and documented about the central security forces and gunmen in civilian clothes attacking the demonstrators with live bullets, sharp weapons and poison gas on Saturday night 04/09/2011 in Zubairy Street and Ring Road, which led to the downfall of a number of dead and wounded. Hood quoted witnesses saying that “Nearly 20 people were pulled to some personnel carriers and government vehicles transferred to an unknown destination and their injuries were at the head, neck, chest, abdomen and some of them had died.” Also, confirmed that it had received “certificates for a mass graves in the area of “ Bait Boss , body parts were found in trash barrels in that area, it is believed it belong to protesters who were arrested during the massacre of Kentucky Round in Sana’a. Attorney General has received a notification of this.”
Below is the doctors’ report on the body parts found in Beit Bous.

Ibb, Yemen: three protesters killed by state

Filed under: Ibb, Protest Fatalities, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:48 am on Friday, May 13, 2011

Youtube, military vehicles burned

Taiz Yemen: Five dead, 80 shot, hundreds gassed

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Taiz, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 6:56 am on Monday, May 9, 2011

I believe the five fatalities include the two earlier reported but I’ll post something when it becomes available. The 30 surrounded women were released.

Hodeidah, Dhamar and Lahj all reported live fire at protesters.

Ali Saleh, the Ted Bundy of dictators, (warning graphic photos).

Two protesters killed 4/25 Ibb and al Beidah

Filed under: Ibb, Protest Fatalities, Yemen, al-Bayda — by Jane Novak at 8:00 pm on Monday, April 25, 2011

Two Killed in Anti government Protesters Yemen Post

At least two anti government protesters were killed and several others wounded in two separate clashes with security forces in Ibb and Al-Baitha provinces.

One was shot dead in Ibb province and 30 others wounded, seven of them by live bullets and the others by stones and batons, in clashes between anti-Saleh protesters demanding the fall of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime and security forces in plain clothes.

The second protester was killed in the southern province of Al-Baitha where tens of thousands of anti-Saleh protesters marched on Monday demanding an end to Saleh’s regime.

Medical and eyewitnesses in the southern province of Taiz said that 250 anti-government protesters were treated for inhaling tear gas and 50 were wounded by live bullets and stones when security forces tried to disperse protesters taking to the streets demanding immediate ouster for President Saleh.

President Saleh’s regime has been facing nationwide protests in 15 of Yemen’s province since the beginning of February.

More than 130 demonstrators have been killed in clashes with the security forces since late January.

Yemen continues unrelenting state violence against citizens

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:48 pm on Saturday, April 9, 2011

Taiz: Regime distributed counterfeit dollars to pay for attacks on protesters, one sheik discovered $200 of $300 paid for attacking protesters is counterfeit. Counterfeiting is one of those enterprises with strong connections to the Saleh regime. Some gunfire reported today. Yesterday’s onslaught in Taiz resulted in three dead and dozens injured: “the number of dead after the events of Friday reached 3 people, and 130 were injured as a result of live fire, the majority to the head and the neck, and an added 1700 cases of suffocation.”

Sanaa: Live coverage at Suhail TV online. Per eyewitnesses in Sanaa: gunfire, live rounds, and many injuries at the Intersection of Al Zubiri Street and Al Dairi Street in Sana’a. A group of protesters left the square and began marching to the palace. Over 200 incapacitated by gas (later estimates 1000). Ten with bullet wounds. One death reported by the field hospital. Security is closing off the southern exit of Tagheer in Sanaa. The field hospital has no oxygen and is lacking other essential equipment. For photos and updates see AIN news, English, on facebook. By 6 pm EST, its still ongoing. More photos at Yemen 4 All.

Update: confiscating bodies again.”Witnesses and medics confirms that government ambulances taking the bodies of people shot with live ammunition, ‘dead and wounded,’ to unknown places.” And “Land Cruiser Car number 2\24048 kidnapped youth wounded & martyrs in Kentucky Round.” See my article re the 2/25 massacre in Aden and the hidden mass burial that followed. It explains the arbitrary arrests tonight. Yemen Post: Central security forces and the republican guards arrested tens of protesters near change square in Sanaa. They wont release the names of the arrested in order to hide the death toll. UPDATE 4/11: HOOD confirms 20 bodies seized and wounded kidnapped.

Sanaa: Hundreds of children at home are fainting as a result of tear gas leaking to their houses in Zubairi n Dairi St. Can’t the US get the gas back from Saleh? Its a clear misuse and diversion. What happened to the US-Yemen bilateral treaty, the US-Yemen “End Use Monitoring Agreement”?? There must be a clause that covers misuse.

News Yemen At least 300 protesters have been wounded, some seriously, in gunshot carried out by the Republican Guards and Security Central Forces in Change Square in the capital Sana’a. Republican Guards, headed by Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh, son of President Saleh, and Central Security Forces, headed security by Yahya Mohammad Abdullah Saleh, President Saleh’s nephew, have used live bullets and tear gas in the attack, eyewitnesses told News Yemen.

Aden: assault on protesters at freedom square. Regime goons were lead by AbdulKareem Shaif, cheif of al Motamar in Aden. Three wounded in an attack by the Republican Guards and Central Security forces of bullies on the protesters in Freedom Square in Crater. Vid of Aden field hospital, not too graphic.

Hodiedah: also attacks on protesters, details sketchy.

Army bombs Jaar? — Army units shelled a suspected Al-Qaeda refuge in southern Yemen on Saturday after urging civilians to evacuate the area, an officer told AFP. The tank and artillery fire zeroed in on the area of Joar in Abyan province, the officer from the 25th mechanised brigade said on condition of anonymity. Civilians were asked to leave the area, especially Makhzen, before the shelling began, he said.

Al jazeera office in Yemen closed with sealing wax, license withdrawn: An official information source has explained that this final action came after the persistence of Al-Jazeera in implementation of a sabotage scheme aimed to inciting strife, hatred and fighting in a number of provinces of Yemen.

Vid Sanaa tonight:

That madman Saleh has to realize his choices are between a firing squad and life in jail; he should stop bargaining for summers in France. Taking out his palace is not something I’d advise but maybe permanently grounding the fleet of MIGs might emphasize the point that its time to go. He should have been brought to the ICC following the sixth war if not the fourth.

Taiz Massacre April 6 Vid

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Taiz, Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 1:19 pm on Friday, April 8, 2011

Updated and bumped: still going on. Its been maybe four hours already.

Graphic, parts very graphic, video compilation of events of the last few hours in Taiz

Security fires on protesters (Read on …)

US froze aid package after protests broke out in Feb

Filed under: Counter-terror, Protest Fatalities, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:33 pm on Friday, April 8, 2011

Every now and then, rarely, Obama makes a decision that I agree with. This is one:

Khaleej Times: 8 April 2011, 10:47 AM
WASHINGTON – The United States froze its largest aid package for Yemen in February after popular protests broke out against the Yemeni president, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

“The first instalment of the aid package, worth a potential $1 billion or more over several years, was set to be rolled out in February, marking the White House’s largest bid at securing President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s allegiance in its battle against Al Qaeda in Yemen,” it said. (Read on …)

Amnesty International: new report on Yemen

Filed under: Civil Rights, Donors, UN, Protest Fatalities, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:33 am on Thursday, April 7, 2011

“The Moment of Truth” covers the repression of the current protests, including random violence against demonstrators that left over 100 killed, and the lingering crimes that were never investigated including Saada and the south.

Report can be downloaded here:

Update: live from Tagheer in Sanaa:

Saleh thugs shoot protesters in Hajjah, 230 wounded

Filed under: Hajjah, Protest Fatalities, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 7:46 pm on Thursday, March 31, 2011

from Yemen Rights Monitor blog

Yemen Post:More than 230 people were injured when pro-regime security forces out of uniform and thugs some in female uniform attacked the anti-government protesters in the square of change in Hajjah province in northern Yemen. (Read on …)

Yemeni military officers and officials resign en masse, the post Saleh era begins

Filed under: Military, Ministries, Protest Fatalities, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 8:31 am on Monday, March 21, 2011

A truly insightful analysis by Dr. Abdullah al faqih.

Update: National Security forces break into al Jazeera offices in Sanaa and steal equipment, a possible foreshadowing of dire events to follow. Minister of Water and Environment Abdulrahman Al-Iryani wrote a letter apologizing to the protesters. If the entire government resigns and joins the protesters, then the protests didn’t drive the elite out of power. CNN: Ali Mohsen negotiating with Saleh for a transition by the end of the year. This is just more maneuvering to keep the powerful in power, they are going out the front door and in the back. Ali Mohsen has to go on the same plane as Saleh

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and a top military general are discussing a deal for a peaceful transition of power that would allow Saleh to stay in place for the rest of the year, a Yemeni official and senior U.S. official said Monday. The discussions come amid cracks in support for Saleh’s 32-year rule after weeks of anti-government protests.

Three top generals declared their support for the protests Monday, including Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, the man now discussing the deal with Saleh. Al-Ahmar, who belongs to an important tribe whose backing is significant for Saleh, also said he will order his troops to protect civilians demonstrating against the president….

According to the Yemeni official who confirmed the talks between Saleh and the general, the president has officially accepted five points demanded by the opposition and is now waiting for a response from the opposition and the generals who defected.

The five points are that Saleh step down by the end of the year; that Yemenis be allowed to protest without fear of violence; that a committee be formed to investigate attacks against protesters; that families of all protesters killed or wounded be compensated by the state; and that the government implement constitutional and electoral reforms, including the removal of Saleh’s family members from the armed services.

Update: Mass resignations continue from all levels of government. Yemen TV is showing old videos of crowds chanting for Saleh as live, but they were shot during the day while it is night time in Yemen now.

The former GPC members (the ruling GPC party has apparently dissolved after mass resignations) are forming a new coalition to come in through the back door. So far no violence but they like to do these things in the middle of the night. (Read on …)

Violence in Mallah, Aden, Yemen 3/19

Filed under: Aden, Protest Fatalities, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 4:48 pm on Sunday, March 20, 2011

Eight persons were injured when security forces shot at the protesters’ tent in the main road of Maalla city.

The shooting came on the protesters at 9:45 AM when republican guard elements along with armored vehicles stormed the camp to evacuate it and eliminate any manifestations of the events held by the protesters in the city.

Aden and all its districts had witnessed from early morning demonstrations including various departments in solidarity with the protesters in the square of the change in Sanaa after the massacre which committed the Saleh regime when 52 people were killed and more then 200 injured.

After the clashes many of angry protesters in Aden marched to the police station but the armored vehicles prevented them from approaching.

Protesters surrounded in Sanaa, Yemen, armed men at gates, Update: security opens fire, uses “tear gas”

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:28 pm on Friday, March 11, 2011


The government has denied using anything other than tear gas to disperse protesters but three doctors at the scene told AFP the security forces appeared to be using some other chemical.

One doctor accused the security forces of using poison gas, but could not specify what type, as television footage showed many people passed out in the street.

“This isn’t tear gas. This is poison gas that disables the nervous and respiratory systems. People hit by this gas pass out,” said Iraqi doctor Hussein al-Joshaai, a nerve specialist who was at the scene.

“We don’t have treatment for this. We’ve asked the authorities to send us medicines but we’re still waiting.”

Another doctor, Abdulwahab al-Inssi, said: “Those wounded today couldn’t have been hit by tear gas grenades. They are suffering spasms.”

Another medic, Sameer Mahmud, said the shells were “far from being tear gas,” though he could not determine the type of agent used.



AP: SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni security forces fired live bullets and tear gas on two pro-democracy demonstrations Saturday, killing three people – including a 15-year-old student – as the government clamps down on a growing protest movement, witnesses said. (Read on …)

The mass grave in Aden

Filed under: Aden, Protest Fatalities, War Crimes, Yemen, Yemen's Lies — by Jane Novak at 10:52 pm on Saturday, March 5, 2011

Protesters killed by security forces were buried in a mass grave in Aden on February 27, a ranking Yemeni official confirmed today.

The grave site is on the eastern edge of the Salahu Deen military camp, near little Aden, and was first reported here last week.

The official said 15 protesters were buried together in an unmarked single grave about eight meters long, speaking anonymously due to the high risk of government reprisal.

On Friday, February 25 Yemeni security forces launched a broad assault in Aden resulting in twenty-two fatalities among residents who have been identified, a number likely to rise. Over 100 demonstrators were also wounded by gunfire. The deaths occurred in several locations across Aden in what appears a pre-planned onslaught of state violence in the governorate which had seen increasing numbers of anti-government protesters.

The official death toll is four. The state blamed opposition parties for the deaths.

Residents reported homes were strafed, and police shot directly into crowds, Human Rights Watch reported. Many protesters were arrested, some pulled from hospitals by security forces. Ambulances were blocked and the dead, dying and injured on the streets were pinned down by gun fire.

In an apparent effort to mask the death toll, Yemeni security forces raided hospital morgues in Aden and transported corpses to the Basuhaib military hospital in Tawahi. Medical sources at Basuhaib hospital confirmed the protesters bodies were later taken away by the military.

The burial took place in the early morning, Sunday, February 27 after the bodies arrived from Taqahi in two military trucks.

The state continues to withhold information from families regarding the identities of arrested protesters.

Rights groups have urged Yemen to halt assaults on peaceful protesters.

Dozens of reporters were beaten and harassed during the protests.

Tens of thousands gathered Friday, March 4, in a massive funeral march for Hael Waleed Hael, 18, that began in Mallah, Aden and ended at the Alqatee cemetery in Crater City. Mr. Hael was shot to death on Mallah’s main road during the assault on Aden.


Yemen shoots protesters in Amran, 2 fatalities: Houthis, witnesses

Filed under: Amran, Protest Fatalities, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:01 am on Friday, March 4, 2011

Two killed, 11 wounded in Amran, police claim when security opened fire on protesters near the police station. An early statement on the Houthi website said many were killed in a bombing but the later statement from the Houthis clarified two. Saada was carpet bombed during the six Saada wars, beginning in 2005. Civilian areas including villages and cities were destroyed and thousands were arbitrarily arrested. A strong case exists against President Saleh for war crimes and crimes against humanity from the conduct of the military over the last several years, including blocking food and medicine to the entire region in a deliberate attempt at starving the people into submission. Update: witnesses report the security was shooting machine guns into the crowd and the “bomb” was shot from a tank not by air. HOOD is saying two killed. Additional fatalities were reported when protesters returning home were accosted at a security checkpoint. Ah English:

Harf Sofyan, Yemen (CNN) – Security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in northern Yemen on Friday morning, killing two people and injuring nine others, witnesses said.

The forces fired into the protesters in Harf Sufyan city to try and disperse them, witnesses said. Three army planes flying over the crowd also attacked the protesters, witnesses said.

The vast majority of the protesters were Houthi rebels, according to Mohammed Abdulsalam, a spokesman for the group

19 fatalities of Aden’s February 25 massacre identified, updated 69 wounded named

Filed under: Aden, Protest Fatalities, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:16 pm on Saturday, February 26, 2011

Yemen is refusing to release names of dead and arrested in Aden, increasing stress on families. The following is a listing of the 19 killed in the February 25th- 26th massacre compiled by highly reliable sources. We initially reported 17 were killed, ( write up here) and the death total may rise again in coming days. The address refers to the individual’s hometown, not location of death. Update: Below is list of 69 wounded, a partial list and Arabic only.

no. -name- age- address

1. Mohammed Ali Baashan 19, Mansoora
2. Yaseen Ali Ahmed AlSuraihi 19, Mansoora
3. Fadel Mubarak Al-Khanshi 23, Mansoora
4. Aref Mohammed Ali 18 , Mansoora
5. Abdullah Mohammed AlBan, 27, Mansoora
6. Mokbel Mohammed Ahmed AlKazemi, 18, Khormakser (AlAreesh)
7. Abdul Hakeem Mohammed AlKaladi, 21, Mansoora (Omer AlMukhtar)
8. Hani Mohammed Haitham, 22, Khormakser (Alsaada St.)
9. Hameed Hussain Hameed, 23, Dar Saad
10. Gassan Ahmed, 18 , Al-Memdara
11. Ali Mahmood Nagi Ali, 23 , Sheekh Utman
12. Mohammed Muneer Khan, 15, Mansoora (Omer AlMukhtar)
13. Ahmed Zaki, 16, Shekh Uthman
14. Ayman Ali Hussain Al-Naqeeb, 20, Shekh Uthman
15. Hisham Mohammed Qaed, 25, , Shekh Uthman
16. Ali Abdulla AlKhulaqi, 15, Khormakser
17. Ahmed Sabri, 19, Lahj
18. Hussain Al-Gahafi, Lahj
19. Aref Mohammed Awad, 17 Mansoora

the names in arabic
. الشهداء الرقم الاسم العمر العنوان

1 محمد علي باعشن 19 عاماً المنصورة
2 ياسين علي أحمد السريحي 19 عاماً المنصورة
3 فضل مبارك الحَنَشي 23 عاماً المنصورة
4 عارف محمد علي 18 عاماً المنصورة
5 عبد الله محمد البان 27 عاماً المنصورة
6 مقبل محمد أحمد الكازمي 18 عاماً خور مكسر – العريش
7 عبد الحكيم محمد الكلدي 21 عاماً عمرو مختار
8 هاني محمد هيثم 22 عاماً خور مكسر – حي السعادة
9 حَميد حسين حَميد 23 عاماً دار سعد
10 غسان أحمد 18 عاماً الممدارة
11 علي محمود ناجي علي 23 عاماً الشيخ عثمان – السيلة
12 محمد منير خَان (موت سريري) 15 عاماً عمرو مختار
13 أحمد زكي 16 عاماً الشيخ عثمان
14 أيمن علي حسين النقيب 20 عاماً الشيخ عثمان – السيلة
15 هشام محمد قائد 25 عاماً الشيخ عثمان
16 علي عبد الله الخُلاقي (موت سريري) 15 عاماً خور مكسر – حي الجمهورية
17 أحمد صبري 19 عاماً لحج
18 حسين الجُحَافي لحج
19 عارف محمد عوض 17 عاماً المنصورة

Names of 69 of the wounded, there are an additional 53 wounded yet to be identified

1 سعيد غالب ناصر
•2 محمد غالب محمد عبدالله
3 عسكر علي عسكر
4 أيمن سلطان
5 وجدان صالح أحمد
6 علي محمد عبدالله
7 فضل الشرفي
8 راجي عطان
9 محمد أحمد ناصر
10 فضل محسن
11 خالد سالم عبدالله
12 حسن فضل علي
13 عماد محمد حمود
14 محمد خالد محمد عبدالله
15 سراج اليافعي
16 محمد محسن محمد
17 محمد الزيدي
18 وجدان طانجو
19 علي الزُبيدي
20 سالم أحمد سالم
21 غسان سعيد إسماعيل
22 سالم محمد علي
23 عبادي عُمر
24 هادي عبد القوي
25 رائد محمد عبدالرحمن
26 إبراهيم سيف محمد
27 سامي محمد عوض
28 صلاح عبد القوي
29 عبدالقوي ناصر أحمد
30 عبد الرحمن أحمد سعيد
31 أمجد محمد عبدالله
32 محمد أحمد أرشد عبدالله
33 عمار اليافعي
34 عمار علي مثنى
35 محد عوض الحنشي
36 عبد القوي عليوة
37 ثابت أحمد سالم
38 عفان سعيد إسماعيل
39 قائد محمد عبدالرحمن
40 حاشد عبد الرضي علوان
41 عماد عُمر حمادي
42 أحمد عبدالله أحمد
43 سالم جمال سالم محمد
44 حسين الحاج محمد
45 أحمد عُمر سيف مقبل
46 أحمد حسن محمد
47 محمد صبري
48 هشام محمد أحمد
49 أسامة عبد الدائم محمد
50 أصيل فيصل محمد
51 خالد سالم
52 محسن فضل
53 فضل علي صالح
54 محمد حسن محمد
55 أكرم محمد
56 محمد بن محمد صالح
57 وضاح حريري
58 ناجي عطاء علي
59 عبدالله فضل
60 حسين عبدالله باعقيل
61 محمد أحمد سالم
62 أمجد محسن
63 ثابت عبيد حازم
64 حاشد عليوة
65 جلال الغشمي المرزوقي
66 راجي محمد عبدالله
67 عوض الكازمي
68 أسامة مهدي العقربي
69 أياد فيصل الصبيحي

Seven dead ID’d in Aden, Houthis protest again

Filed under: Aden, Protest Fatalities, Saada War, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:50 am on Saturday, February 26, 2011

A report from the Jakarta globe identifies four dead in one protest in Aden yesterday and 40 injured, as government blames the protesters for the deaths. Also Houthis protested yesterday as well. Another report below in Arabic lists seven killed and 49 wounded last night. There are more bodies in refrigerators to be ID’d according to the note. Earlier 19 fatalities were identified killed in Aden and 124 injured from Feb 16-21.

The lying dogs deny any security forces were shooting protesters, instead they blame the southern movement. It would be funny if there weren’t so many killed and injured.

Saba: Yemen denies media reports on shooting protesters in Aden
ADEN, Feb. 26 (Saba) – A security source in Aden governorate denied on Saturday reports of mass media on shooting protesters in Mo’alla city of Aden by security forces on Friday night. “An armed group of separatists belong to what is called “the movement”, who fired aimlessly from some buildings the protesters, security men, electricity office’s employers and citizens”, the source said.

According to an AFP tally based on reports by medics and witnesses, at least 19 people have now been killed in almost daily clashes at anti-regime protests since they erupted on February 16. (Read on …)

HRW statement on current violence in Aden

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 6:26 pm on Friday, February 25, 2011

Human Rights Watch verified one death in Aden occurred earlier when police shot live rounds directly into a crowd in Muallah, as people were chanting “peaceful peaceful.” HRW is identifying the new weapon as a “military assault weapon.” Their report ends at 10 pm Aden time, which was three hours ago. According to residents, the assault is ongoing.

Yemen: Security Forces Kill Aden Protester
At Least a Dozen Wounded in Shootings on Peaceful Protests

(Aden, February 25, 2011) – Government security forces opened fire on peaceful anti-government protesters in several areas of the Yemeni port city of Aden on February 25, 2011, killing one demonstrator and wounding at least a dozen others, Human Rights Watch today. (Read on …)

SOHR statement on violence in Aden

Filed under: Aden, Protest Fatalities, South Yemen, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 11:12 am on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Urgent communication to the international organizations on the bloody violations in Aden

SOHR, February 18, 2011

Sirs and madams in the international organizations for human rights
The Southern Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) presents its compliments to you and informs you of horrible crimes against citizens staging peaceful demonstrations in the city of Aden during the last three days, raising banners demand freedom, democracy and the departure of the regime of the Yemeni President.

A number of demonstrators were demonstrating in al-Rwishan Square for more than a weak, led by young people who were launching a sit-in peacefully for more than a week in al-Rwishan Square in al-Mansoura city – Aden, until Wednesday 16.02.2011, after the noon prayer, when Yemeni security forces came unexpectedly using tear gas grenades which led to dispersing them to residential neighborhoods,
but the security forces continued to chase them using live bullets against them, which resulted in the murdering of a number of people and wounding many others, amounted to 4 dead and 32 wounded.
As a result of the people’s anger at that, the demonstrators set fire to the headquarters of the Local Council, the municipality and burned vehicles belong to the municipality, and they also burned the headquarters of the General People’s Congress / Mansoura Branch, after that they went to besiege the police station in al-Mansoura city. Everyone was in hit and run with the armed forces that went in using live ammunition to disperse and chase the protesters. (Read on …)

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