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Yemeni southern activists Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi disappeared by security and at risk of torture: Amnesty

Filed under: Aden, Civil Rights, South Yemen, Targeted Individuals, Targeting, Yemen, statements — by Jane Novak at 2:43 pm on Sunday, September 7, 2014


UA: 223/14 Index: MDE 31/009/2014 Yemen Date: 5 September 2014
fear of enforced disappearance of activists
Southern Yemeni political activists Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi disappeared within days of one another. It is feared that they have been subjected to enforced disappearance by security forces and are at imminent risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Anwar Ismail (38) and Khaled al-Junaidi (42) disappeared on 28 and 31 August respectively. Anwar Ismail went missing after a demonstration in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on 28 August where he was seen last, while witnesses say that Khaled al-Junaidi was taken from a gas station in Aden on 31 August after being beaten and dragged into an unmarked car by unidentified gunmen believed to be security agents.
Both activists have been detained by the authorities in recent months in circumstances similar to their current disappearances. Khaled al-Junaidi was arrested by the Special Security, also known as Central Security, on 21 November 2013 and held incommunicado for most of the 21 days of his detention. His family was informed of his whereabouts six days after his arrest. Anwar Ismail was arrested at least twice in 2014, including in early March, and claims to have been tortured by security forces. Both men were held for a period of time ranging from a week to three weeks before being released without charge or trial.
Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi are leading activists in the Southern Movement, or al-Hirak, a coalition of political opposition groups in south Yemen that has been demanding secession from the north.
Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language:
Urging the Yemini authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Anwar Ismail and Khaled al-Junaidi and to ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and are immediately granted access to their family and a lawyer of their choice;
Urging that they are immediately moved to a recognized detention centre and promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offence, or else released immediately and unconditionally, and stressing that the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are guaranteed in international law.

Minister of the Interior
His Excellency Abdu Hussein Muhsen al-Turab
Ministry of the Interior
Republic of Yemen
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+967 1 331 899
Salutation: Your Excellency
Governor of Aden
Waheed Ali Rasheed
PO Box: 6013, Khormaksar
Republic of Yemen
Fax: +967 2 224 6996
Salutation: Dear Mr Waheed Ali Rasheed
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Minister of Human Rights
Her Excellency Houriah Ahmed Mashhour
Ministry of Human Rights
Republic of Yemen
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fear of enforced disappearance of activists

Protests in the south of Yemen have been taking place sporadically since 2007 when retired soldiers from the south launched protests complaining that they were not receiving the same treatment in employment, salary and pensions as soldiers from the north of the country. Since then, protests against discrimination against southerners gradually changed to demands for secession which continued after the ousting of the former regime in 2011.
The Southern Movement (also known as al-Hirak, a short form of its name in Arabic) is a loose coalition of political groups, many of whom call for the peaceful separation of southern Yemen, which was independent until its unification with the north in 1990. The Movement appears to have emerged following the 2007 protests and began to organize its own demonstrations over what it perceives to be the government’s failure to address discrimination against people from the south of the country.
The government’s response to these protests has been heavy-handed. Dozens of demonstrators have been killed in or near demonstrations; in many cases they appear to have been shot dead unlawfully when posing no threat to the lives of the security forces or others. Since the protests began in 2007, the security forces have arrested and detained, in many cases arbitrarily, thousands of demonstrators and bystanders, as well as leaders and activists of the Southern Movement.
Name: Anwar Ismail, Khaled al-Junaidi
Gender m/f: m

They are believed in Al-Sulaban Prison in Khormaksar in Aden.

Erem News: The brother of Khaled Junaidi indicates that security dragged his brother to “camp twenty” in the Directorate of Crater before introducing it to a large detention center in the Directorate of Khormakser “Alsolban.”

Aden – from the generosity of safety

Arrested by security force late Sunday evening, an activist in the southern movement demands the independence of South Yemen from North Khaled Junaidi in the province of Aden. brother said Junaidi network toss the news that the security force tracked his brother Khalid as he was leaving for a wedding party a friend to them in the Directorate of Crater and heading to one of the petrol stations and arrested him after beating him with rifle butts. added: “The security forces arrested the brother to a nearby camp in the district called Camp twenty before introducing it to Guantanamo large in the Directorate of Khormakser” Alsolban. ”

In the same context arrested a security force last Thursday night the leader of the Union of Southern Youth Anwar Ismail while on his way from the Directorate of Tawahi toward Crater where he lives with his family, and took him to the same prison in the Directorate of Khormakser. appealed to the families of the detainees civil society organizations and human rights organizations to immediately intervene for the release of their two sons, who said they had been subjected to torture in detention. and assume Junaidi and Asmai the leadership of the protest movement in Directorate Crater where settle down, and are implementing with some other activists in civil disobedience Directorate on Sunday of each week, the latest of which was on Sunday, where they had been cut streets and roads with stones and damaged tires and stopped traffic on impact.

Aden, Yemen newspaper employee Ahmed Omar Al-Markashi sentenced to death?

Filed under: Aden, Media, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:14 pm on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ahmed Omar Al-Markashi, the security guard of al Ayyam newspaper in jail since 2008, was reportedly sentenced to death. The ruling is counter-productive to reconciliation, unjust and stupid, especially considering hundreds if not thousands of actual murderers recieved amnesty from the US and Jamal ben Omar in 2011. Also al Ayyam (the oldest Yemeni newspaper and the most reputable) should be allowed to reopen.

نظمة الغد للحقوق والحريات العاملة بمدينة عدن ان حكم الإعدام الذي أصدرته محكمة يمنية قبل أيام بحق المعتقل السياسي “احمد عمر العبادي المرقشي” جاء
مخالفا لتوجهات ومخرجات مؤتمر الحوار الوطني في اليمن .
وقالت المنظمة في بيان صادر عنها يوم الأربعاء ان الكشف عن الحكم الصادر بحق المعتقل “المرقشي” جاء مخالفا لكافة التوقعات التي كان يؤمل منها أنها تتوجه صوب معالجة ملف قضايا الجنوب المعقدة والشائكة بخصوص شكاوى الجنوبيين .
وأشارت المنظمة في بيانها إلى ان مؤتمر الحوار الوطني كان قد اشار أكثر من مرة إلى ضرورة معالجة ملف قضية صحيفة “الأيام ” وتعويضها واطلاق سراح حارسها وذلك ضمن التوجهات الهادفة لحل قضية الجنوب .

وبحسب المنظمة فقد جاء حكم الاعدام مخالفا للبند رقم 7 من النقاط الـ 11 التي طرحها فريق القضية الجنوبية بمؤتمر الحوار اليمني قبل اشهر والذي اكد على ضرورة إصدار التوجيهات العاجلة بدفع كافة المستحقات والتعويضات لمؤسسة (الأيام) وتعويضها التعويض العادل لما لحق بها من أضرار مادية ومعنوية لكي تتمكن من الصدور وإطلاق صراح حارسها في صنعاء أحمد عمر العبادي المرقشي.

وشددت المنظمة على ان مثل هذه الاحكام لايمكن لها ان تساهم في تهدئة الاوضاع في الجنوب بل على العكس من ذلك رأت المنظمة أنها ستصيب الجنوبيين بخيبة امل تجاه تحركات الحكومة اليمنية لحل قضاياهم .

وطالبت المنظمة من الحكومة اليمنية والرئيس “عبدربه منصور هادي” سرعة التحرك لاعادة النظر في الحكم القضائي الذي قالت المنظمة انه يفتقر الى الدعم القانوني والشرعي الكافي.

(Yes its still google translate:)

Tomorrow organization of Rights and Freedoms working in Aden that the death sentence issued by a Yemeni court a few days ago against the political prisoner, “Ahmed Omar al-Abadi Almrakeca” was contrary to the directions and outputs the national dialogue conference in Yemen.

The organization said in a statement on Wednesday that the disclosure of the sentencing of the detainee “Almrakeca” was contrary to all expectations, which it was hoped of them heading towards the south, file handling complex issues and complaints regarding the thorny southerners.

FAO noted in its statement to the national dialogue conference had more than once pointed to the need to address the issue of file newspaper “days” and compensated and the release of her bodyguard as part of trends aimed at resolving the issue of the south.

According to the organization came to death contrary to section 7 of the points of the 11 raised by the case of South conference dialogue Yemeni months ago, which stressed the need for issuing directives immediate payment of all dues and Compensation Foundation (days) and compensated fair compensation to the right out of the material and moral damage in order to be able to immediately release the breasts and her bodyguard in Sanaa Ahmed Omar al-Abadi Almrakeca.

The organization stressed that such judgments can not have that contribute to calming the situation in the south, but on the contrary, they saw the organization will hit southern disappointed moves toward the Yemeni government to resolve their cases.

And called for the organization of the Yemeni government and the president, “Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi” moving speed to reconsider the ruling, which the organization said he lacked legal support and legitimate enough.


حكم مفاجئ وسريع يقضي بتنفيذ الاعدام بحق الأسير المرقشي حارس صحيفة “الأيام”

قالت أسرة المعتقل الجنوبي البارز “احمد عمر العبادي المرقشي” أنها فوجئت بنشر صحيفة تابعة لوزارة العدل اليمنية حكما يقضي باعدام والدها وقالت انه صدر من المحكمة العليا في اليمن رغم عدم مثوله أمام المحكمة وعدم ابلاغه باي حكم قضائي صادر بحقه .

وقالت أسرة المعتقل “العبادي” وهو الحارس الشخصي لناشر صحيفة “الأيام” في افادة خاصة لصحيفة “عدن الغد” انه فوجئت بتضمن العدد الأخير من صحيفة “القضائية” وهي صحيفة صادرة عن وزارة العدل اليمنية حكما بالاعدام على “المرقشي” رغم انه لم يمثل أمام هذه المحكمة مطلقا .

وقالت الأسرة ان الصحيفة نشرت في عددها الصادر يوم الـ10 من يناير 2014 قائمة بالاحكام القضائية وبينها الحكم الصادر بحق الأسير “احمد عمر العبادي المرقشي” والذي قالت الصحيفة انه صدر بتاريخ 19 ديسمبر 2013.

وقال “المعتقل احمد عمر العبادي” المرقشي في تصريح خاص لـ”عدن الغد” انه فوجئ بصدور هذا الحكم مؤكدا انه لم يحضر إي جلسة قضائية مستغربا كيف صدر هذا الحكم دون حضوره .

وقال “المرقشي” ان اسرته دأبت على مراجعة المحكمة العليا أكثر من مرة للسؤال عن متى موعد النظر في القضايا إلا ان المسئولي في المحكمة العليا دأبوا على القول بان القضية لاتزال معلقة ولم يتم النظر فيها .

ويتضمن الحكم الصادر عن المحكمة العليا في صنعاء توجيها للنائب العام يقضي بسرعة تنفيذ الحكم .

كما سيشكل صدور الحكم بهذه الصورة على تفجير غضب عارم في الجنوب، خاصة و أن قضية المرقشي، ذات طبيعة سياسية وسيشكل صدمة بالغة القسوة لقطاع واسع من الجنوبيين حيث ان الإعلان عنه يأتي بعيد الانتهاء من مؤتمر الحوار الوطني في اليمن والذي تعهد القائمون عليه بحل قضية المرقشي و بوقف الانتهاكات الممارسة بحق الجنوبيين.

Sudden and fast rule requires the implementation of a prisoner’s death sentence Almrakeca guard newspaper “days ”

The family of a prominent Southern detainee “Omar Ahmed Abbadi Almrakeca” I was surprised that they publish newspaper belonging to the Yemeni Ministry of Justice ruled her father’s death and said it was issued by the Supreme Court in Yemen, despite his not appearing before the court and not reporting any court judgment issued against him .

The family of the detainee, “Abadi” a bodyguard of the publisher of the newspaper “days” at a briefing a private newspaper “Aden tomorrow,” he was surprised by often using the latest issue of the newspaper “judicial”, a newspaper issued by the Ministry of Justice Yemeni sentenced to death “Almrakeca” although he did not appear before the This court never .

The family said that the paper published in the issue dated on the 10th of January 2014 and the list of judicial verdicts, including the sentencing of the prisoner, “Ahmed Omar al-Abadi Almrakeca” which the newspaper said was issued on December 19, 2013 .

“The detainee Omar Ahmed Abbadi” Almrakeca in a statement the “Garden of Eden tomorrow,” he was surprised by the issuance of this rule, stressing that he did not attend any meeting judicial surprising how this ruling was issued without his presence .

He said, “Almrakeca” The family has been on the Supreme Court review more than once to ask for a date when considering the issues but that the responsible attitude of the Supreme Court have consistently argued that the case is still pending were not considered .

The judgment of the Supreme Court in Sana’a directive of the Attorney General provides fast execution of the judgment .

It also would be a verdict in this image on the bombing of the Maelstrom in the south, especially that issue Almrakeca, political in nature and would be a shock extremely harsh for a large segment of the South, where the Declaration of him comes a long completion of the national dialogue conference in Yemen, who has vowed those responsible for it to resolve the issue Almrakeca and to stop the practice violations against the southerners.

Update: Protests in the south for the political prisoner may escalate to violence depending on the self control of the security forces or an intention to escalate unrest. Its an issue that inflames public opinion and undermines any sense of credibility in the transitional government’s good will.

Re-hiring the southern Yemeni army

Filed under: Military, South Yemen, mil restrucuturing — by Jane Novak at 11:39 am on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I have argued for a long time that integrating (or re-hiring) the forcibly retired southern military has many advantages:

1) the long idle former southern army are disconnected from the vast web of corruption, smuggling and nepotism that pervaded the upper levels of the Yemeni military during the Saleh regime
2) they may have more respect for human rights, especially if they are deployed in the south
3) they already have formal training by the Russians
4) it will decrease the sense of alienation of some southerners and especially unemployed young men in the southern provinces who are regularly turned away from the army when recruitment is a function of a sheikh’s patronage
5) it will lessen the proselytizing of soldiers wherein some extremist commanders deem military operations as jihad instead of security missions designed to protect all Yemeni citizens.

The army must become a non-political, neutral and uniformly trained body that provides equal opportunity to Yemeni men (and women) regardless of identity. Even those who are advocates for separatism might be able to see the advantages to southerners (and peace and stability) of rehiring the retired military, instead of seeing it as a way to defuse the southern movement.

The Link: (ar) Hadi to re-hire 795 former southern military commanders

Reuters: Yemen has launched a $1.2 billion fund to give back tens of thousands of southern Yemenis jobs they lost after the 1994 civil war, a minister said on Tuesday, part of efforts to revive talks aimed at ending longstanding political divisions.

International Cooperation Minister Mohammed al-Sa’adi said the fund, agreed on Sunday, had persuaded southern separatists to return to talks they boycotted last month in protest against the government’s handling of their demands.

Another positive development is the adoption of the biometric voter ID system, this must be internationally funded and locally implemented and will enhance the legitimacy of future elections as well as reduce corruption, ghost workers, and ensure the distribution of aid. The positive benefits of incorporating this technology are many and can jump start a fairer Yemen.

Al Beidh boycotts Southern Yemen conference, new reformist Islamic party meets in Sanna, Updates

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:12 am on Sunday, September 30, 2012

Update 4: News of the conference

Update 3: Nuba trashes the conference as held by those with a totalitarian mentality and says, “Ba’oum is not one of those who early joined the Movement, but joined in January 2008 and Ali Salem al-Baid joined in May 9, 2009.”

Update 2: a few months old but good analysis of the configuration in South Yemen

Update: Mousa Alnmrani, media officer at Hood, and others announced the first meeting of the new political party, a reformist offshoot of Islah. The legal thresholds to form a political party should be low enough that a multiplicity of political parties can form. Currently the financial requirements as well as the number of initial founding members are high, keeping political party formation an elite activity initially. I guess the Rashad Party is going to keep with established Yemeni tradition of not having an English spokesperson.

Party launched Federation of Yemeni Rashad, on Sunday, September 30 / September 2012, the work of its founding congress, under the slogan “the arbitration law of God and the reform of society and achieving renaissance of Yemen”, in the presence of party leaders and official representatives of the Parties Affairs Committee.
At the opening ceremony, which was launched in any of the Holy Quran, the President of the Federation of Rashad Dr Muhammad ibn Musa al-Amiri speech in which he welcomed the attendees, stressing that the party which declares today its launch will reach out to all forces and parties on the Yemeni arena, without exception, in terms of “virtue, righteousness and piety.”

Southern conference

South Yemen separatist leader Baid boycotts talks (AFP) : ADEN — Yemen’s Southern Movement kicked-off Sunday a meeting calling for independence for the south from the central government in Sanaa, but the conference was boycotted by a leading separatist leader.

Yemen’s prominent separatist leader, Ali Salem al-Baid, a former vice president who lives in exile, boycotted the conference, saying it was not well prepared.

Baid, who a few days earlier had expressed his intention of not attending the conference, and his supporters represent a hardline faction of the movement. (Read on …)

SOHR Quarterly Report, Human Rights abuses in South Yemen, fatality list

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:33 am on Sunday, September 30, 2012

This is the SOHR quarterly report from June through August 2012. I’m popping out the section on air strikes which notes the hits and misses, and the fatality list which includes all dead including airstrikes (it skips from 81 to 97) and pasting the entire 34 page report below and asking the Southern Observatory on Human Rights to post it to Scribd.

Its substantial documentation (complete with photos) of the ongoing targeting of southerners, innocent people, because of activities related to the Southern Mobility movement. The woman killed on the way to pick up her wedding dress and the guy dragged to death behind a government car are particularly egregious. While physical damage and deaths from the CT air strikes are mixed in, overall the report documents injuries at protests, the targeting of journalists, assassinations and the same type of collective brutality that has been going on since 2007.

With the National Dialog looming, Hadi has to step in with some confidence building measures, or at least denounce the pogrom, or it will demonstrate he either has no control or is in favor of it. The SOHR really needs a website. The following is the English version as received:

Air strikes hit civilian houses :
Resort Yemeni regime in confrontations with elements (Al Qaeda) to use air strikes, raids, which often exceeded its goals to claim the lives of civilian citizens, and some of them have target individuals not connected with al-Qaeda, as well as what caused the raids of threat and intimidation of the people fear that devastating missiles.would follow them.

While condemning the observatory those raids that results are in turn extrajudicial killings, as well as non-observance of the norms of humanity, we call on the government of Yemen not to resort to use whether using their air jets for war or those carried out by U.S. drone, as operations are not justified , Authority forces can field tracking methods lead to the fight against terrorism and the arrest of its elements and bring them to trial in accordance with the law, as much as they were able on June 12 of Liberation Abyan province of those elements.

We note that these raids, although achieved some goals, but it can cause loss of lives and property of civilians, making it unacceptable way, lead to pitting and wrath of the citizens of the south towards them. There still massacre village expedited killed 56 people, mostly women and children, in December 2009 still visible, as the raid carried out in the area “Khcamr” Directorate cotton on 29 Aug. and killed Professor Educational Salem bin Ahmed Jaber and Captain Walid bin Abdullah Jaber without have two links with al-Qaeda according to assertions parents, had aroused the wrath and anger of the citizens of the province of Hadramout and other southern provinces .

Also fell victim to an air raid carried out on June 14 on the city of Shakra of Abyan province, four children and a woman and injuring four others, including the bombing of a house belonging to “Hadi Amavat” and claimed the lives of his wife and two daughters. Also hit a house belonging to “Almawwada” next to it, as well as vertical house that killed his son, aged 4 years and 6 years old daughter.

Also led an air raid carried out on 13 June on the city of Azzan Shabwa province to the destruction of plant structural brick-making, as well as a nearby houses of Razi clinic and a damaged mosques worship. On the other hand led airstrike on June 20 injured motorcade continued to the International Red Cross Organization in Mahvd and caused the death of a member of the Group, Mr. Hussein Saleh Al Yazidi .

The flights, which have been implemented by government aircraft and other unidentified cities and districts south, are other not takes into account the legal systems of flying do not

Fatality list

Killed southern people by different attacks in the period:
June, July and August 2012
Nr Name Date Province Case Comments
1. Mohammed F Nasse 2012- 6-1 Lahj killed In shooting on a protest march in Alhoutah
2. Farooq M H Mohammed 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
3. Ali A Halim 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
4. Sallal A Fadhl 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
5. Salim M Alqarqari 2012- 6-4 Abyan killed In a car bomb explosion in Lawder
6. Ali S Alqubati 2012- 6-8 Lahj killed In shooting on people in the Market of Alanad.
7. Abdulhamid S Rashid 2012- 6-9 Aden died due to As a result of torture during
8. Azman A Alfaqih 2012- 6-10 Lahj killed In shooting on a people in Aldhali
9. Khalid Assawab 2012- 6-12 Shabwah killed Killed by somebody protected by governmental parties
10. Hadi Ambaat 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed By an air raid on his house in Shuqrah
11. Mss Ambaat (Hadi’s wife) 2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed By an air raid on her home in Shuqrah
12. Mss Ambaat (Hadi’s 1st daughter)
2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed By an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
13. Mss Ambaat (Hadi’s 2nd daughter)
2012- 6-14 Abyan killed By an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
14. Um Salim A Saleh 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed By an air raid on her house in Shuqrah.
15. Iman Y Hadi 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed 8 years old, killed by an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
16. Taif Y Hadi 2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed Killed by an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
17. Darwish A Alamudi 2012- 6-14 Abyan killed 8 years old, killed by an air raid on his house in Shuqrah
18. Aina A Alamudi 2012- 6-14 Abyan Killed 1.5 years old, killed by an air raid on her house in Shuqrah
19. Shadi A Y Mubarak 2012- 6-15 Aden killed In a Shooting on Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
20. Mahrah A Bin Attaf 2012- 6-16 Aden Killed Killed by asniper in Almansoorah on her way to pick up her wedding dress.
21. Othman A Arrifaii 2012- 6-17 Aden killed Killed by an sniper in Almansoorah
22. Mohamed M Alfayadhi 2012- 6-18 Shabwah killed By a crossfire between soldiers and armed group.
23. General Salim M Qatan 2012- 6-18 Aden killed Suicide bombing in Almansoorah
24. Mahmud M Ahmad (Azzaeem)2012- 6-18 Aden killed Injured by security forces than pulled by military vehicle in the street to death
25. Fahim S Bahakar 2012- 6-19 Abyan killed Landmine explosion in AlKowd
26. Anis M Bahakar 2012- 6-19 Abyan killed Landmine explosion in AlKowd
27. Ahmad G Haidarah 2012- 6-20 Aden killed Killed by an sniper in Almansoorah
28. Hussein S Alyazidi 2012- 6-20 Shabwah killed By an air raid on a red-cross car in Almahfad.
29. Muad M Hassan 2012- 6-20 Aden killed Killed by an sniper in Almansoorah
30. Abdurrahman A Alkhadhar 2012- 6-22 Aden killed By the shooting at the funeral of Gamal Haidarah
31. Fadhk K Saleh 2012- 6-22 Aden killed Tortured to death in Almansoorah prison.
32. Ahmad K Arrakhm 2012- 6-23 Aden died due to injuries Died due to injuries by an sniper in Almansoorah on 22 June..
33. Alkhadhar H |Assaqqaf 2012- 6-25 Aden died due to injuries Died due to injuries by a sniper in
Almansoorah on 22 June.
34. Ahmad S Awadh 2012- 6-30 Aden killed Shot dead in his car in Darsaad
35. Maarib N Mohamed 2012- 7-3 Lahj killed Shot dead by an unknown armed group in front of his family in
36. Mohamed S Allmahthuthi 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Killed in his car in Khormachser
37. Atif A Bin Ubaidallah 2012- 7-7 Hadramout killed Shot dead by soldiers in Sayun.
38. Salah S Muqlif 2012- 7-7 Hadramout died due to injuries Run over by a military car.
39. Marwan A Alazb 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Indiscriminate fire in Darsaad
40. Fahd A Aljunaidi 2012- 7-7 Abyan killed Killed by a sniper on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
41. Mohamed F Aldhalii 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Killed by a sniper on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
42. Adil H Jabir 2012- 7-7 Aden killed Killed by a sniper on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah
43. Ahmad A Albajh 2012- 7-10 Lahj killed Shot dead in Sinah, Aldhali
44. Khaled A Assawabi 2012- 7-11 Shabwah killed Found dead in his can in Baihan.14
45. Sharaf M Sharaf 2012- 7-11 Aden
45. Sharaf M Sharaf 2012- 7-11 Aden killed Killed in his house in front of his family by Soldiers in Almansoorah.
46. Abdulhamid S Rashid 2012- 7-11 Aden died due to torture, Tortured to death during interrogation.
47. Abdulfattah Mohamed 2012- 7-11 Aden killed Found dead in Asheich Othman.
48. Mohamed M Alfaraa 2012- 7-13 Aden died due to injuries Injured by a sniper in Almansoorah and died some days later
49. Saeed A Bilfaqih 2012- 7-23 Hadramout killed Killed by an unknown person in Gheil Bawazir
50. Hani A Haggash 2012- 8-2 Abyan killed Killed by an unknown person in Lawder
51. Mohamed O Alshahmi 2012- 8-2 Abyan killed Killed by an unknown person in Lawder
52. Raid M Bafaqih 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
53. Mukhtar M Bafaqih 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
54. Abdullah S Mubarak 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
55. Mahdi A SAeed 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
56. Mohamed Grdi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
57. Salim A Abudah 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
58. Imad Albaiti 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
59. Ahmad S Hussein 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
60. Almsadi Bateis 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
61. Abdullah M Aqil 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
62. Wasfi Saeed 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
63. Raif S Ahmad 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
64. Ahmad H Alqarshi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
65. Ihab M Arrahwi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
66. Fadhl M Alhoshabi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
67. Ali M Alhoshabi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
68. Fathi M Alhoshabi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
69. Ghassan A Nasser 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
70. Wajdi Tbail 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
71. Abdullah Alhassan 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
72. Arif M Hassan 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
73. Abduallah S Hassan 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
74. Ali S Saleh 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
75. Aqeel M Aqeel 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
76. Luei A Blal 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
77. Ali Saad 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
78. Mohamed S Hassab 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
79. Yassir Muhsin 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
80. Abdulwasi Almakhzumi 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
81. Abdullah Amshai 2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
90 Corpses of 9 persons handed over to their families
2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
97 Burned corpses of 9 persons
2012- 8-4 Abyan killed Bomb explosion at funeral in Jiaar
98 Brigadier-general Omar S Ba-Barasheed 2012- 8-9 Hadramout killed In a car bomb explosion in Almukall
99 Muaad Alfadhli 2012- 8-10 Abyan killed Kidnapped by an armed group and found dead later.
100 Hussein M Alqarshi 2012- 8-11 Aden killed By a grenade thrown to his house in Almaala
101 Muteei A Algihafi 2012- 8-11 Lahj died due to injuries Shot dead in Aldhali
102 Azman Alwan 2012- 8-15 Abyan killed Shot dead by armed group in Jiaar
103 Fadhl Faraj 2012- 8-17 Abyan killed Shot dead by armed group in Alhalimah..
104 Sadiq F Muneei 2012- 8-18 Adhali killed Shot dead by armed group belonging to government in Aldhali.
105 Ahmad Bahmaish 2012- 8-20 Aden killed Indiscriminate fire in Crater
106 Mohamed H Bkairi 2012- 8-26 Aden killed While shooting on the Martyrs’ square in Almansoorah.
107 Scheich Salim A Gabir 2012- 8-29 Hadramout killed By an air raid on a car with other people. Although he did not belong to Alqaida
108 Walid A A Gabir 2012- 8-29 Hadramout killed By an air raid on a car with other
people. Although he did not belong to Alqaida
109 Abdulwahid A Saleh 2012- 8-30 Aden killed Run over by an unknown car.

Update: entire text copied below but its out of format, includes injuries and arrests:

Quarterly report for the Southern Observatory for Human
Rights (SOHR) for June, July and August 2012 about the
human rights situation in southern Yemen.
Bern, 28 September, 2012
The Southern Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) issues its quarterly report for the period
of August, July and June 2012. The report indicates grave violations committed by the
Yemeni police forces against the citizens of Southern Yemen, stressing that such violations
inherently contradict domestic and international law which does not absolve the perpetrators
of the legal accountability whether domestic or international; especially that such violations
are marked with the cruel and violent nature of excessive force. (Read on …)

Al Beidh urges postponing Southern Yemen Conference, Feierstein says al Beidh paid by Iran (true)

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Civil Unrest, Interviews, Iran, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, al Dhalie — by Jane Novak at 9:34 am on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Al Beidh never did anything good for southerners since 2007. As teen age boys died on the streets holding his photo and were jailed by the hundreds by the Saleh War Mafia, he did nothing, not even one English statement or raising a case with the UN or documenting the crimes of a decade. Now al Beidh-for his own reasons- is impeding long overdue efforts to organize a southern conference, establish representatives and develop a consensus that enables southerners to work together to secure rights, aid and progress. (Even consistent electricity would be a great step in Aden, but its very important to get a fair share of the donor funds distributed directly to the families literally starving in the south as elsewhere.)

Below is an interview with US Amb Feierstein about Iran funneling money to Al Beidh in Lebanon, and thats true–the money flows both directly and indirectly. Also the al Faroush have made significant gains in infiltrating Hirak.

Ahmed Al Hobaishi is printing al Beidh’s photos, so broadly the GPC is cloning Hirak, but specifically it leads to the question of the linkage between the Saleh forces and Iran in the south as well as Saada.

We know that Saleh long has had good relations with Iranian intelligence, the al Quds force, so maybe the issue boils down again to Saleh, in this case bringing in the Iranian meddlers to aid in his counter-revolution by bolstering al Beidh and elements of the Houthis. Certainly Iran like AQAP would prefer Saleh back in his seat. The only question is why does the US appear to agree.

The youth and residents of South Yemen might do well to start practicing the democracy and self determination they demand from the UN instead of relying on the self interested al Beidh. Al Beidh has not confronted the southern public with the reality that the UN totally and clearly abandoned the southern cause ( including UN SC res 924 and 931) in the latest UN SC resolutions 2014 and 2051. I received the following al Beidh statement from the same source that has been sending me al Beidh’s statements for years, so its authentic. Googlish below:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الاخ المناضل حسن احمد باعوم رئيس المجلس الاعلى للحراك السلمي لتحرير
واستقلال الجنوب المحترم
الاخوة المناضلين من نواب الرئيس المحترمين
الاخ الأمين العام للمجلس المحترمين والأخ مستشار رئيس المجلس الأعلى
الاخوة المناضلين رؤساء المحافظات ونوابهم المحترمون
تحية نضالية وبعد (Read on …)

Southerners rally to ask Security Council for self determination

Filed under: Aden, Civil Unrest, Political Opposition, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:29 am on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thats just sad because the Security Council reaffirmed unity and did not affirm resolutions 924 and 931 in res 1520, but demanding a north/south negotiation within the National Dialog is a little more reasonable:

Aden Gulf: 9/18,

of supporters of the Southern Movement evening in Martyrs Square the Mansoura Aden to participate in Falahlmtalibh Security Council the right to self-determination.
The effectiveness within the Revolutionary escalation program of the Southern Movement, in conjunction with the Security Council debate on the report of سيرفعه UN envoy Jamal bin Omar, confirmed the effectiveness of the southern movement’s rejection of dialogue Sana’a which is currently being arranged.
And raise during the event, which was attended by rights activists and legal slogans address the content of the international community, regional, and send a message to the United Nations that “refusal to diialogue only if between two states.”

Baoum and al Beidh
described by one as typical pro-Saleh BS published to instigate trouble but Baoum criticizing al Beidh return and the danger of turning the south into an Iranian client state is not far off from what could be reality. Hard to say.

Yemen assassination attempt round-up, Saleh sticks to his old tactics from 1992

Filed under: Post Saleh, South Yemen, Transition, assassination, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 8:55 am on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

With all the assassinations, its looking like 1992 all over again (except this time some southern leaders are blaming al Beidh for the attempted murder of a rival within the southern movement the Yemen Post says.) Equally or more likely, Saleh is staying true to form and playing the exact same game with the exact same tactics he’s been playing for decades. The period from unity in 1990 to the civil war in 1994 was marked by an onslaught of assassinations of southern leaders in Sanaa by al Qaeda/security types at the direction of Saleh; it was his MO and one major factor in prompting the civil war. The logical first suspect is the guy who did the same thing before. If it is al Beidh (and Iran) then its just as bad and the same point that these old leaders are playing their old deadly games. I wrote an article once about how Saleh is pathologically unable to share power, and its a near certainty now he’s not going to stop disrupting the transition until he is exiled or jailed. Freezing his funds, no matter how embarrassing that would be to the US, is one quick way to dis-empower him. No money, no mercenaries, no murder. The following article lists some of the prior assassination attempts on high profile politicians that occurred recently.

Southern leader survives assassination attempt

Yemen Post Staff
A senior southern leader, Mohammad Ali Ahmed, survived on Monday an assassination attempt in Al-Mukla city of Hadhramout governorate.

An explosive was detonated at the vehicle of Ahmed while he was outside his car in Hadhramout.

Ahmed is considered among the prominent southern leaders, and he spent about 18 years in exile.

He stated after his return home early of the current year that he came back to struggle for the sake of the southern independence.

Yemeni officials including Deputy Chairman of the Political Security Nasser Hadi, the former Interior Minister Hussein Arab, Deputy Governor of Aden Hassan Al-Darab and other officials welcomed Ahmed in Aden Airport.

Ahmed served as a governor of Abyan, and as interior minister before the Yemeni unification in 1990.

No side claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt, but some southern leaders accuse Ali Salem Al-Beidh of standing behind the bombing.

Yemen witnesses a state of insecurity in the capital Sana’a and other major cities as Yemeni senior military and security official were assassinated, and other politicians were targeted during the past few months.

Security officials said that the authorities foiled many plans to carry out terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda in the capital Sana’a, affirming that seized 40 belts packed with explosives.

Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party Yaseen Saeed Noaman survived an assassination attempt in Sana’a last week two days after the Transportation Minister Waeed Bazeeb survived assassination in the port city of Aden.

Just saving links

In fourth attempt on Yemen’s defense minister, car bomb in Sanaa kills 12
Kansas City Star SANAA, Yemen — A car bomb targeting Yemen’s defense minister exploded Tuesday outside the office of the prime minister in central Sanaa, missing its target but killing at least seven soldiers and five nearby civilians.

Defusing the Yemen crisis through equality and power sharing

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:57 am on Saturday, August 18, 2012

Acknowledging reality as a first step to reconciliation makes sense, as does an internationally guaranteed referendum, as I have long argued:

The Southern Challenge to Yemen’s National Dialogue 17/08/2012

The upcoming National Dialogue Conference is currently Yemen’s top national priority. Jamal Benomar, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Yemen, has rightly stated: “The success or failure of the national dialogue is likely to make or break Yemen’s transition.” Stakes are therefore very high amid widespread criticism that the national dialogue process has been exclusionary and opaque.

President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi has started the process by establishing a 25-member Technical Committee that will report by the end of September in the hopes that the conference will commence in November 2012. It is good he has started the preparatory process now. He understands that pre-talks are necessary before the “big tent” event. Rushed, clumsy approaches risk overall failure. We believe that all interests and groups (including women, youth, Houthis, and Salafis, etc.) must be represented to air their grievances, though we sense that Yemen’s south holds the key to success for the national dialogue.

We posit that southern disengagement from the national dialogue process would lead to more protests, more instability, and the very likely chance of another, potentially more dangerous, civil war, which we think ultimately poses a far greater threat to Yemen and regional stability than does Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Many Yemenis are already deeply frustrated by a host of dire socio-economic challenges that may be getting worse, despite the promise of a new government.

Southern secessionism, in particular, is threatening Yemen’s already fragile unity and unlike AQAP, the southern movement has widespread support.

The south has deep-seated grievances that made the civil war in 1994 inevitable.

Following the northern military victory, unity was essentially imposed upon the south. Under former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime, the south was made to feel like the Communist “naughty son” who was being returned home for parental re-education. During those years, southerners were effectively excluded from decision-making processes. Military commanders, officers, and government employees were forcibly retired and excluded from leadership roles, state pensions were withheld, and any compensation provided was below subsistence levels. Southern lands, businesses and other resources were confiscated and given to northern elites.

Southern towns and infrastructure were neglected by Sana’a while poverty and unemployment continued to rise. Some southerners also blame the loss of a relatively “open culture” on their more conservative northern countrymen.

Perhaps justifiably, many southerners consider themselves worse off as a result of unification. There is a strong perception that southern resources have been usurped by the north. Protests for change continue in the south, as does the heavy-handed government response, which resulted in four dead and twenty injured in Aden recently.

Despite clear divisions, the south can significantly contribute to the long-term well-being of the country in partnership with the north. There are many successful southern businessmen who can help Yemen on the road to recovery. Rebuilding and expanding the southern Port of Aden, in particular, could prove a huge boost to the economy.

In addition to the absolutely vital tasks of writing a new constitution and army restructuring, a clear plan for reconciliation and better northern and southern integration must be articulated within the national dialogue process. Generally, we sense that federalism is supported by the majority of the south. A right of referendum to southerners for self-determination should be on the table. It is also recognized that the fragmented southern entities must work together to reach some level of unity through compromise before they jointly embark on the national dialogue process.

As part of the national dialogue and transition process, we recommended that:

1. Yemen’s leadership acknowledge and apologize for past abuses of the south and also to those who suffered in the north under the previous regime;

2. The north-south balance of power within the government be addressed constitutionally to reflect appropriate representation for all Yemeni entities;

3. A process for equitable north and south wealth-sharing be considered;

4. Compensation be considered for lands and wealth taken from the south;

5. Forced army retirees be called back and engaged in the new army;

6. The new constitution explicitly guarantee rights to all Yemenis, irrespective of where they live;

7. A de-centralized, federal system be examined;

8. Investment and development be provided proportionally equal to both north and south.

A new democratic Yemen that respects plurality and provides political, legal, and economic equality to all its citizens, and which adequately begins to address all grievances, is the only way forward. We conclude that the southern challenge is the single greatest threat today to Yemeni unity and thus must be handled with due diligence during the forthcoming national dialogue process.

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. government, Department of Defense, National Defense University, the government of the Republic of Yemen, or Aden University.

By Robert Sharp, Nazar Basuhaib, and Fahad Malaikah

International Policy Degist

12 points of southern reconciliation (North/South Yemen)

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:51 am on Friday, July 6, 2012

al Masdar OnlineThe head of the Political Department of the Socialist Party Dr. Mohammad Saleh tapestry that the joint adoption of the points made by the Socialist President Hadi and to the Government on action to resolve the issue and the creation of South dialogue. (Read on …)

Al Fahdli denounces crumbs of federalism, heralds the impending era of Islamism in Yemen

Filed under: Islamic Imirate, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:55 am on Friday, April 27, 2012

Tariq Fadhli leaders attacked the southern and says that his goal «liberation of the South» and the rule of Islam is coming
(Read on …)

SM leader: Saleh takes profits directly from YMC, moderate SM rejects al Beidh’s Iranian nexus, wants to participate in reconstruction

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Elections, GPC, Interviews, Iran, Islamic Imirate, Post Saleh, South Yemen, Transition — by Jane Novak at 6:54 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2012

Update: As expected howls of dissent from southerners: the new leader is someone else, I hesitate to even write the name as bad things happen sometimes to emerging leaders, Nakhbi now is an Islah operative they say and there are no, repeat no, connections to Iran. But al Beidh has been talking about Iran for a long time, when he even bothers to talk at all, and I think its quite possible. For a run down on Aden TV and all Yemen private broadcasting, see this listing of who owns what at the Yemen Times.

Original: Bingo! I also do not agree with what is happening between al Beidh and Iran. The violence during the election boycott was an entirely new phenomenon which broke with the years long non-violence of the southern movement. As al Nakhbi says, it was likely due to Iranian influence through the al Beidh wing of the SM. Keep in mind Yemen Fox is affiliated with Ali Mohsen, who has his own motives for undermining the SM. But if this is an authentic interview, then that’s what it is.

While there’s noticeably a lot fewer al Beidh photos during the southern protests, its unclear the extent to which awareness of the alliance between al Beidh and Iran has filtered down to the street, although he himself has been threatening the west with Iran for years. General Nuba issued a warning to world about the danger of Iran’s growing influence in the south a few months ago. Many external former leaders are in favor of federalism as expressed at the Cairo conference. I think there’s a few more factions than the two broad ones described.

Al Nakhbi also remarks that the several corporation including the mega Yemeni Economic Military Corp remits its profits directly to Saleh. He notes elite support of al Qaeda and the symbiotic relationship between the including the recent massacre in Abyan. He concludes that Saleh must be excluded from politics. (Actually it necessary to fully depose the Saleh regime in order to integrate the Houthis as well as the southerners.) Its an interesting interview, worth a read:

Yemen Fox: Brigadier General Abdullah al-Nakhbi- Secretary-General of Southern Movement (SM) – said that many politicians believe that who stand behind recent terrorist attacks are remnants of the former regime and that Ali Abdullah Saleh has turned from president of republic to president of terrorism. Priorities of Yemenis whether in National Reconciliation Government or Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) in coordination with Gulf States and Europeans are to dismiss Ali Abdullah Saleh from practicing political action.

Nakhbi added in an interview with “Yemen Fox” that al-Qaeda is supported by Ali Abdullah Saleh, his aides and remnants of his regime, pointing out that supervisors of GCC Initiative should put pressure to implement the second term of the Initiative which is to restructure the army and Republican Guards within Ministry of Defense and Central Security within Ministry of Interior.

Interviewed with Hashem al-Toromah

Yemen Fox: How do you see Yemen after presidential elections?
Nakhbi: after presidential elections, we as Yemenis stand at change door. The new President Abdu Rabo Mansur Hadi should have a courage to start change process. Change process should first prevent Ali Abdullah Saleh from practicing politics because recent events took place after swearing oath starting from Mukalla continuing to Bayda and now in Abyan Province. Many politicians believe that who stand behind that are remnants of the former regime and that Ali Abdullah Saleh has turned from president of republic to president of terrorism. (Read on …)

US Attorney General Holder affirms “lawful” use of drones (no attacks targeting civilians)

Filed under: Air strike, Counter-terror, Diplomacy, South Yemen, USA, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:59 am on Thursday, March 8, 2012

In a speech this week, the US Attorney General Eric Holder laid out the Obama administration’s legal criteria for drone use and in particular for assassinating American al Qaeda members abroad. The criteria is summarized below by the Lawfare blog. More importantly than the targeting of Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan for me, and for the residents of Abyan, Marib, Shabwa, etc., AG Holder reaffirmed the Obama administration’s firm commitment to act within the “international rules of war.”

With the recent uptick in AQAP activity and growing territorial occupation, people too poor to flee al Qaeda are terrified of both AQ and drone attacks. Hopefully this statement by AG Holder represents a real and ongoing commitment by the Obama administration to the principle of civilian immunity and US respect for the value of Yemeni lives.

AQAP does not follow the rules of war, and uses human shields, sheltering in civilian populated areas. The US has been targeting vehicle convoys, not towns. The shelling in Zinibar was from the Yemeni military, not US drones.

After grave US errors like al Mahfad (and the utterly shameful US statement that nearby Bedouins and their children were guilty of material support for selling vegetables, although the villagers had appealed to local authorities to expel the terrorists) and Saleh’s murder of his political enemy Sheik al Shabwani via US drone, visible US drones make parents very concerned. At the same time, the drones have been visible in Marib and many other locations since 2010, and I would think they are collecting surveillance photos.

I think/hope/pray the US understands that these are unwillingly occupied towns, that intel from the Saleh family is entirely unreliable, the CT units have been partially subverted by AQ and that in all cases, children under 14 cannot be terrorists.

The attitude of Yemenis is that al Qaeda should be captured, given a fair trial and imprisoned if there is actual evidence of crimes. They do not oppose counter-terror operations per se but summary execution without trial, just like many Americans who raised objections over Awlaki and Khan.

Boston Herald: Speaking at Northwestern University law school, Holder gave the most complete explanation to date of the Obama administration’s legal rationale for killing people like U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was targeted in an airstrike in Yemen last year.

Such killings can be ordered “in full accordance with the Constitution” but require “at least” an imminent threat in a situation where capture is not feasible, and when the strike is “conducted in a manner consistent” with the rules of war, Holder said.

The lawfare summary brings up another issue though, “a senior operational role,” which presupposes that the US knows who it is droning. While the criteria Holder outlined is for deliberate targeting of US citizens, it would be nice to think that the US has some clue as to the names of its Yemeni targets and doesn’t just look for random gatherings of bearded men. In Yemen, the most accurate fatality listing of US drone strikes comes from al Qaeda itself, and the Yemeni government announced Qasim al Reimi was dead four times.

While I imagine there are vast challenges to intelligence gathering on AQAP, it is this imprecision that can lead to collateral damage or more accurately, dead children. I still haven’t gotten over the photos of the crucifixion of the “spies,” but logically a modicum of respect for southerners as southerners in general would go a long way. The language of SD spox Victoria Nuland’s Press Briefing 3/5/12 blew southerners minds, and she probably had no clue how very poorly and furiously it would be received.

via Lawfare’s summary: That is, the speech asserts that Due Process permits targeting of a citizen at least when the target is:

(i) located abroad rather than in the United States,

(ii) has a senior operational role

(iii) with al Qaeda or an al Qaeda-associated force,

(iv) is involved in plotting focused on the death of Americans in particular,

(v) that threat is “imminent” in the sense that this is the last clear window of opportunity to strike,

(vi) there is no feasible option for capture without undue risk, and

(vii) the strike will comply with the IHL principles of necessity, distinction, proportionality, and humanity.

What is the acceptable metric of civilian causality per each suspected al Qaeda targeted? Much, much lower than Afghanistan I hope. Its a very volatile situation.

Three dead in South Yemen

Filed under: Elections, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:07 am on Monday, February 20, 2012

Voting day updates:

Its over! Hadi wins in a landslide. Many people happy to be rid of Saleh. Inauguration Saturday Feb 25.

The first test of the new Yemeni government is how honestly they deal with today’s election; while much was good, even stellar, hiding, minimizing or outright lying about the hot spots isn’t going to encourage confidence.

This is very encouraging because it reflects reality instead of the normal knee jerk propaganda:

Egypt Ind Separatists who had vowed to mark Tuesday’s presidential vote as a day of “civil disobedience” have seized half of the polling booths in Yemen’s main southern city Aden, a government official said.

“Half of the polling booths in Aden have been shut down after they were seized by gunmen from the Southern Movement,” a local government official told AFP. He said the gunmen had closed 10 out of the city’s 20 voting stations.

Beeb Four soldiers killed in Hadramout, half voting centers closed in Aden. Nothing on the wounded people. Everything peachy in Sanaa.

Why we reject the elections by Noon

A few Houthis in Taiz but otherwise voting smooth, needed and got more ballots.

No confirmation or news updates on the foreign workers, must have been a rumor, the best possible outcome. OR something happened and everyone is fine.

Also report: “News confirm the filling of election boxes (by votes of those who didn’t vote) just before closing time at six o’clock in the evening in most of the election centers in the Governorates of Omran and Hajah..”

Voting in the South is not smooth, tension and clashes in Aden, Hadramout and Shabwa. One report injuries, shooting ongoing in Aden. Violence reported in Amran, Aden Taiz, Lahij, Mukalla and Shihr. Half polling stations closed in the south by one report. After five years, there is still no official southern spokesman to explain why there is a boycott, or what happened where, to the world in Arabic or English. There are people getting shot because of the boycott and there’s no statement.

The Houthis on the other hand are very good with statements:

In an attempt to pre-empt failure inevitable for the proportion of citizens’ participation in (the province of Saada and Harf Sufian and the provinces of argument and the cavity) has the authority to distribute the ballot boxes in areas outside their constituencies so that the distribution of funds in (Imran and incited, Sana’a and argument) on behalf of the circles (Saada).

We emphasize that polling stations are open and there is no interference from us towards those who want to vote and to exercise electoral commissions operate without any hindrance Remember, all that is said in some of the media tendentious is an attempt to justify the failure and cover the popular rejection of the real adjustments unilateral imposed on people by force and ignored the suffering and demands .

And began to crowd in (Saada) out of hours marched Tazahria mass to reflect the absolute rejection of this farce is the predetermined and practice of form, and confirmed its progress continued in the popular revolution, without regard to any attempts at misleading the people deterred from continuing the path of revolutionary even up to achieve the goals of the revolution and you will detail later.

The difference in perspective between people in Sanaa and Taiz where everyone is happy and the south and Saada is striking. Hopefully the election overcomes the schism enough to enable conversation instead of making it worse.
(Read on …)

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 …)

Southerners urged to join National Reconciliation Conference

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:17 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2012

The US Ambassador met with southern leaders (Southern Forum) and urged a common vision, realistic and achievable goals, participation in the election and the coming National Reconciliation Conference. (I think anyway, I’m reading google translate of this article.) He also seems to indicate that full independence is opposed regionally and internationally. But of course these are not the local separatist leaders in the south.

There is a fracture between those who support federalism and those who remain committed to an independent state. In this case, I agree with Feierstein that, in order to be effective, they do need a common vision and realistic goals and that participation in the National Reconciliation Conference is an important step in achieving justice and full citizenship rights (one way or anther) for Southern Yemenis. However the international community by acknowledging the prior atrocities (now that Saleh et al have immunity) might take a step toward confidence building. These are not a bunch of disgruntled dead-enders; its most of the region. They do have a common vision (of systematic institutionalized oppression) but not a common solution if you factor in al Attas and the Cairo conference. Also there is no agreed upon leadership structure or formal mechanism of representation that was ever developed.

The southerners had placed a lot of hope in gaining international and UN support based on Saleh’s violation of UN SC res 928 and 931 in 1994, which in their view supports the contention that the south was illegally occupied or reunited by force following Saleh’s victory in the civil war. Considering Saleh immediately violated res 2014 in 2011 without international consequences or reprimand, it now seems highly unlikely that the UN SC will ever produce a result that is not firstly designed toward the best interest of the permanent members.

The system, norms and authority of international law were undermined by the UN mediated and SC endorsed GCC plan, which undermines not only principles of justice but the right of self-determination. So as I’ve said several times before, including early last year before the GCC debacle, and even had translated into Arabic to be clear, I think participating in a self-governed federalist system with the internationally guarantee of a later southern referendum on unity is the way to go.

There are many more things that can be done to diffuse tensions. enough to participate in a conversation at least. For example, this is one spot-on reader comment, “Why should Mahdi Makwalah, one of Saleh’s country-men remain as the supreme military commandant of the Southern governorates including: Aden, Abyan and Lahj? That is another provocation for Southerners.”

A seemingly related reader comment: Wondering why the Ansar AlShariah (or AlQaeada) have managed – easily – to control provinces and cities in the South where the Southern Peaceful Movement (SPM) has a strong sentiment; areas like Azan (Shabwa), Zinjibar & Jaar (Abyan), and AlHota (Lahj). The Ansar AlShariah took partial or full control of such areas after Central Forces and Presidential Guards handed it over to them, or did nothing material to stop them, and that the Air force made random bombardments on these areas which inflected fear and caused damage to residents and their properties?.

Meanwhile (from the same website) “the Supreme National Council for the Liberation and the restoration of the State of the South” (TSNCLRRSS) said in a letter: “The presidential elections scheduled for February 21, 2012 under the initiative of the Gulf, is one of aspects of prosthetic solutions to resolve the crisis of power and the popular uprising in Yemen, and is not looking at the core of the crisis of authority, devastated by the crisis, the failure of the unity, which was one causes emptying of power to face the struggle of the people of the south and is unable to meet the requirements of its people in the north, raising the people against it.” And that’s a good point. The TSNCLRRSS is calling for a boycott of the election.

Another viewpoint:

Just as the Southern were having a “breath of relief” when Mr. Saleh fell, came up Islah Party trying to impose their Islamic vision on the Southernerns yet by force, as much as, if not firecer than, their predecessor. Yesterday they transported their members from Ta’az joining their countrymen who are residents of Aden City. Their announce purpose is to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the (Failed) revolution, but instead they went to AlMualla district of Aden, the heart of the Southern Peaceful Movement strong hold area.

Wondering why they didn’t make their celebration in Saada instead of AlMualla?
Saana gangs have extrem uncompromising disagreemets among themselves, but, ironically, at the same time, are having a full mutal strategy on the South. Whatever they do, they make sure it doesn’t effect their iron grip fist on the South.

US cannot increase drone use in Yemen without providing shelter for civilians

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Air strike, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Diplomacy, GCC, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 6:43 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2012

Yemenis are fleeing (not joining) al Qaeda where ever they appear. However the vast majority of civilians lack the funds to rent an apartment or to buy food once they leave their farms and possessions behind to be looted by AQAP. But if they stay, they are subject to both al Qaeda dictatorship and US drones. The US may label those who don’t flee as collateral damage or as providing material support (as the Bedouins were in the Dec 2009 US strike in Abyan that killed 43 women and children when General Patraeus implied they were acceptable deaths because they selling vegetable to AQAP, despite the fact the villagers had appealed twice to local authorities to expel the group.)

Certainly AQAP bears the responsibility for sheltering in populated areas in the first place but people in the al Qaeda occupied territories of Yemen want to know where the refugee camps are. Seriously, where are they supposed to go? And it is a US problem when an al Qaeda presence means the potential of US drone strikes. The 120,000 who fled Zinjibar last May are still in the schools of Aden. I know Yemenis’ rights are very low on Obama’s priority list, but there must be a part of the plan to increase US drone use that will deal with the public panic and mass displacement that will occur as US drones follow AQ from province to province threatening people’s lives and homes. Over 15,000 fled Raada within days of Tariq al Dhahab’s (and al Wahishi’s) appearance. They were escaping both the al Qaeda fanaticism and the threat of US drones.

While the Obama administration may try to maintain the myth in the US that they know exactly who they are hitting, and its always a precise targeting, the non-lethal impact on civilians must be considered as well. The US is playing right into al Qaedas hands with nearly every policy from the re-imposition of a dictatorship through the GCC deal to Saleh’s visit to increased drones. The US is focused on vulnerable land when it should be focused on vulnerable people.

Basically, the US is going to bomb Yemen in order to pull off an uncontested election that nobody wants (except the US, the GPC and Islah elites) in the interest of “stability.” If the expired parliament gave Saleh immunity, it can appoint Hadi. The bogus show election isn’t worth more Yemeni lives or the displacement of tens of thousands, and it certainly wont confer legitimacy when there’s only one candidate that was selected by the US. The most politically disenfranchised are going to boycott anyway: civil minded protesters, southerners and Houthis.

The National: Yemen will increasingly rely on US drone strikes to target Islamist militants threatening to disrupt a transfer of power this month, Yemeni government officials said.

The president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is meant to hand over power to his vice president, Abdurabu Mansur Hadi, on February 22.

The run up to the transfer is being overshadowed by growing protests, including within the military, which have grounded Yemen’s air force across much of the country.

Two aides in Mr Hadi’s office said they expected a rise in drone attacks against Al Qaeda militants.

The strikes will be intensified only if necessary, to ensure that militant groups do not expand in vulnerable areas, said one of the aides. Both asked to remain anonymous. (Read on …)

SOHR report Dec 2011: human rights violations in southern Yemen

Filed under: Islamic Imirate, South Yemen, War Crimes, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:04 am on Thursday, February 2, 2012

Its a monthly report on state violence and other HR violations including by AQAP that is always precise in terms of names, dates, photos and locations, and it usually is issued within a month or two of the end date, except for those months with large massacres. The recently issued report for December 2011 lists three dead, as opposed to earlier months and years when many dozens were killed and hundreds were wounded in state violence against southern protesters and activists. The fatality totals in the southern protests (2007-2011) far exceeds the number killed by the state since the broader rev began in 2011, a distasteful metric of murder. (The UN SC forgave 33 years of atrocities in Yemen in the interests of “stability,” providing little incentive for Assad to stop his butchery.) In the following, I pulled out some AQAP violations of human rights for a future project but the entire report is available here at

SOHR report Dec 2011

On Monday, December ,5 Sheikh Tawfiq Ali Mansour Juneidi ,nicknamed
“Hawas “the leader of the People’s Committees in the town of Lauder of
Abyan province ,died as a result of wounds sustained by a blast of an
explosive package targeted him on Friday, December ,2 and which also
caused the death of his colleague ,Ali Nasser Houshan .The Web site” ,Taj
South Arabia “reported that the People’s Committees protect the district
from the al-Qaeda operatives ,since it is believe that the al-Qaeda is behind
this assassination….

“Al Qaeda “operatives on the evening of Monday, December , ambushed
two vehicles to target a number of people from Almayaser Tribe from the
Farajs when they were passing in” Ekd “area between the districts of Lauder
and Wadiea .Aden News Agency said that the ambush caused injuries
among three people ,they are :Ahmed Hussein Ashal ,Hussein Ali Ashal and
Ahmed Mohammed al-Ghairi. (Read on …)

The South and the Northern Government: A Persistently Troubled Dialogue By Nedhal Moqbel

Filed under: South Yemen, War Crimes, guest posts — by Jane Novak at 9:00 am on Monday, January 30, 2012

As the title indicates, this is a guest post by Nedhal Moqbel

The South and the Northern Government: A Persistently Troubled Dialogue
By Nedhal Moqbel

A recent episode of “Agenda Maftouha” (Open Agenda) program, broadcast by BBC Arabic TV, discussed Yemen’s security situation. Among the program’s guests were the Southern activist Saleh Al-Jabwani and Colonel Abdullah Al-Hadri who represented President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s opposition. Mr. Al-Hadri dilated on Saleh’s crimes against protesters in Sanaa and Taiz squares and the destruction he left behind. However, Mr. Al-Hadri obviously got nervous and impatient when the issue of Southern secession was raised. As he responded to Mr. Al-Jabwani’s comments, Colonel Al-Hadri used an emotional speech and a sharp tone, contending that the current situation is the cause of the entire “Yemeni nation.”

“Our cause is one . . . why do you want to divide us amidst this continuous uprising?” added Mr. Al-Hadri. Wait a minute! Wasn’t it a “one Yemeni nation” when Southerners began their own uprising after 1994, demanding their right to a merely dignified life? Wasn’t it a “one Yemeni nation” when you and your boss (Saleh) brutally persecuted them? Weren’t those protesters your fellow citizens and, therefore, part of this “Yemeni nation”? Moreover, Mr. Al-Hadri stated that General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar was an honest military man who refused to stand by a dictator, and so did Colonel Al-Hadri and many others in the military. He said, “Yes, we used to be Saleh’s partners before. But when he stained his hands with blood and began to distort the country and foster Al-Qaeda, we decided to stay away and choose the homeland and the nation.” How devious! How provocative!

In a sympathetic tone, Mr. Al-Hadri spoke of Saleh’s crimes during the recent protests in North Yemen, stressing that this bloodshed was the reason he (Al-Hadri) and others like General Al-Ahmar seceded from Saleh. As if Saleh’s hands were clean until before these protests! What about the blood he has shed in the South since 1994? What about the thousands of Southerners whom he and his allies killed and wounded in that short-term civil war with military tanks and rockets? What about many extra thousands of Southerners whom they have killed, detained, tortured, and wounded since the outset of the Southern Peaceful Hirak? Why did Mr. Al-Hadri and his fellow military men not distance themselves from Saleh while he was shedding those bloods in the South? Why did they continue to support him, to represent his iron fist over the South? Why did they turn against Saleh only when his victims were Northern citizens?

Of course, my intention is not to attack anyone. I simply reject the twisted language Mr. Al-Hadri used to obscure the Southern cause. He went on, using the same emotional appeal: “It’s shameful to talk about South and North now . . . our cause now is that of a homeland and a nation.” Well! What is really shameful is that Colonel Al-Hadri does not consider the Southern issue itself a cause of an entire homeland whose lands and natural resources and jobs have been robbed, an entire people that used to exist independently but now is under a real occupation. What is really shameful is that Mr. Al-Hadri’s words echoed Saleh’s attitudes toward the South even though the former was presented in the program as an anti-Saleh figure. The same old regime being reproduced! No wonder that most of the oppositional figures affiliated with the “new” government participated in various ways in the 1994 war against the South. No wonder that they still unjustly and irrationally compare the Southern cause (a cause of a homeland) with the Huthi issue (a cause of a sectarian group).

Northern military figures like Colonel Al-Hadri know well the many injustices from which Southerners have suffered too long. Therefore, it is unacceptable that he accuse them of having “ruptured the country.” The country has been torn apart since the 1994 civil war. I wonder if Mr. Al-Hadri still remembers when his citizens in the North celebrated their “victory’ over the South on 7/7/1994; the Sanaa official TV then displayed Northern women uttering trilling cries of joy and Northern men chanting on streets, “Allah Akbar! Long live our leader Ali Abdullah Saleh!” On the other side of the country, Southerners were collecting the dead bodies of their loved ones in order to bury them. This black day, with all the sad memories it carries to Southerners, was made an official holiday and a national day to celebrate annually. Technically, unification ended in 1994 and was replaced by an occupation of the South and a robbery of its natural resource revenues, history, culture, and dignity. Who, then, tore up the previously unified Yemen?

The General People’s Congress and the Joint Meeting Parties are two faces of the same coin. The talk about having given Saleh immunity from prosecution is only half the truth. This “new” government has, in fact, given immunity to itself, too, since the majority of its officials were yesterday’s strong allies of Saleh’s. What we see now in the Sanaa government is the same old regime, and what we hear is the same old language, especially when it comes to the Southern problem. This government’s officials may undergo internal conflicts, but the Southern issue is always the thing that eventually brings them together due to their shared fear of losing the South with all its many treasures. Until Southerners achieve their goal of liberation, we will continue to hear the same rhetoric from Northern officials (and from Northern ordinary citizens) who often argue fearfully and impatiently, “there’s only one Yemen . . . unity is a red line . . . we’re ready to die for it . . . we’ll protect it with our own blood . . . unity or death.”

Comment by Jane: It is true that the atrocities toward the southern protesters (2007-2010) provoked little if any outrage in other parts of Yemen. During the Saada War, civil groups aligned themselves with the concept of civilian immunity without taking a stand on either side of conflict itself. Conversely during the southern protests, the arrests, torture and cold blooded killings elicited little sympathy. Beyond the absence of media attention, some in Sanaa expressed the opinion that southern protesters deserved it. In 2007/8, Southerners were really expecting that their counterparts in the north would join their uprising against the regime.

The lack of domestic solidarity against the state’s systematic attacks on unarmed southern protesters that in part caused the shift in demands from equal civil rights to independence. Remarkably, some of the current revolutionaries (who are seeking to overthrow the regime) deny that southerners have the right to seek independence although both movements deny the legitimacy of the state. From the outset of the current revolution, few efforts were made to reach out to the southern secessionists. And many southerners viewed the year long protests in Sanaa and other parts of the country in a disconnected way, not wholly unsympathetic, but as if the bloody events were occurring in another county. As I’ve said before, many view the unity government as an re-branding of northern power. some also view all northerners as privileged and part of the oppressive structure, when in fact disenfranchised northerners are very poverty stricken and thoroughly without basic services.

In terms of raw numbers, Saleh’s trail of blood, more southern protesters were killed than “northern” protester fatalities over the last year of the rev, and it occurred week after week in an atmosphere of domestic and international silence.

كما كتبت في العام الماضي ، أنا أتفق مع مفهوم الفيدرالية المؤقتة مع استفتاء مضمون في المحافظات الجنوبية على الوحدة في غضون سنوات قليلة ، وإن كان فقط للسماح لإفساح المجال للأطفال لاستعادة صحتهم مجدداً. لكن المشكلة هي أزمة مصداقية.

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:42 pm on Sunday, January 29, 2012

As I wrote last year, I agree with the concept of a temporary federalism with a guaranteed referendum in the southern provinces on unity in a few years, if just to allow some breathing space for the children to get healthy again. However the problem is a crisis of credibility.
كما كتبت في العام الماضي ، أنا أتفق مع مفهوم الفيدرالية المؤقتة مع استفتاء مضمون في المحافظات الجنوبية على الوحدة في غضون سنوات قليلة ، وإن كان فقط للسماح لإفساح المجال للأطفال لاستعادة صحتهم مجدداً. لكن المشكلة هي أزمة مصداقية.
(Read on …)

Many southerners remain committed to two state soluton

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:55 am on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The southern issue in a post Saleh-immunity world

As I wrote last year, I agree with the concept of a temporary federalism with a guaranteed referendum on unity in the southern provinces in a few years, if just to allow some breathing space for the children to get healthy again. However the problem as elsewhere is a crisis of credibility.

Southerners often speak of the al Ahmars and al Zindani with as much disrepute as Saleh, so the new unity government seems to them an extension of “northern” power (just as many of the Youth Revolutionaries see it as an extension of the Saleh regime). The National Revolutionary Council included dozens of southerners, without any prior discussion, and they all immediately resigned. However with all the international meddling now, there’s room for the southerners to gain some concessions and a time table that is internationally recognized.

At the same time, the southern leaders have failed to implement any structures or mechanisms of legitimacy and representation, or to permit a transfer of executive power within the movement. There is a step that comes after marches, rallies and protests, and they haven’t taken it since 2007. A disconnect among the publics remains in place, largely a result of media repression and extremely low infrastructure penetration.

It also should be clear to southerners that there is going to be no international support for an independent state no matter how righteous their cause or how many bloody photos they publish. The idea that the UN will care that Saleh violated UN res 924 and 931 in 1994 is ridiculous in light of the fact the Security Council did nothing when Saleh recently violated res 2014 and kept murdering unarmed protesters in Sanaa and Taiz. Saleh’s immunity covers all his war crimes in the south, as well as against the protesters and in Saada.

International efforts in Yemen remain focused on perpetuating “stability” and maintaining a pliable client-state. But at least there is some attention now, and it might be a good idea to take advantage of it while things are still in flux.

WaPo Southerners say Saleh and his northern tribesmen have denied them their share of oil revenue; about 80 percent of Yemen’s oil production is located in the south. They say the government dismissed many southerners from military and government jobs, denying them access to even local power, and point out that the governors of all seven southern provinces are from the north. Southerners also accuse influential northerners of grabbing land in the south for personal gain.

The movement’s more radical leaders want an immediate separation from the north, returning to the pre-1990 geography. Moderate leaders seek a federal system, where more power is devolved to the south. After five years, a referendum for self-determination would decide whether the south would remain part of a united Yemen or secede, much like what took place in southern Sudan last year.

With Saleh agreeing to cede power, Arab and Western diplomats worry that a failure to address the south’s grievances could handcuff Yemen’s transition, the worst-case scenario being another civil war.

Police open fire on Southern Movement anniversary demonstration

Filed under: Security Forces, South Yemen, War Crimes, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:45 pm on Monday, January 16, 2012 – Three protesters and two policemen were killed, and 20 others were wounded on Friday as security forces used live ammunition against supporters of the Southern Movement.

Medics said that 26 protesters were taken to receive treatment.

Thousands of the Southern Movement’s followers protested on Friday to mark the annual anniversary of the civil war erupted in 1986 between fictions of the ruling regime then.

Witnesses said forces of the Central Security used gas bombs, live ammunition to disperse the protesters.

Press reports quoted eyewitnesses as saying that snipers shot fire on the protesters from the back of security forces.

Yemeni human rights organizations and political parties have called to swiftly identify those responsible for the killing of protesters and bring them to justice.

SOHR: Human Rights violations in South Yemen, Sept 2011

Filed under: Civil Rights, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:23 am on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Southern Observatory for Human Rights issued its detailed monthly report on violence and human rights violations in South Yemen, with names, dates and graphic photos of the dead.

SOHR, English, violations in South Yemen Sept 2011

SOHR, Arabic violations in South Yemen, Sept 2011

A closer look at the nature of those violations makes us aware that these violations have exceeded the character of heinousness to be upgraded to the level of crimes against humanity, as they included shooting peaceful demonstrators, killing dozens, wounding hundreds and arresting thousands of them, in addition to the acts of the worst kinds of torture against them….

Soldiers of the regime’s forces on Wednesday evening, September 14, fired on a number of young people in the district of Mansoura, governorate of Aden, when they gathered after an explosion rocked the city. The Web site, “Aden Alghad,” cited the story saying that the shooting caused the young child, Mahd Hassan Mahboob (13 years,) to be (killed) and the child Lutfi Ahadjila (14 years) to be wounded….

The situation in the governorate of Abyan is not a vague mystery,
according to the young person of Zanzibar, but its clear truth is that the regime of President Saleh is behind it, to be under its service, for
information confirms that the constant reinforcements easily and without difficulties arrive to those groups from the northern provinces, including the arms, money and supplies, despite the fact that the entrances and exits of those provinces are under the control of the authorities and the military forces and government.

Federalist southern expatriates undermine calls for independence, exclude residents from talks

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:27 pm on Friday, November 4, 2011

(10/5) The YT explains the blocks within the southern movement and that the more moderate positions are represented by external actors, but many southerners within Yemen are still firmly committed to independence. I posted a plea after the article to give a sense of the depth of sentiment in the south.

Yemen Times SANA’A, Oct. 5 — The Southern Movement’s recent preparatory meeting in Cairo revealed significant differences among the movement’s ranks in terms of how it imagines the future administrative system of Yemen. The meeting, held on 26 and 27 September, 2011, aimed at preparing for a large-scale conference to be held soon in order to facilitate the creation of a unified southern position in Yemen’s politics. (Read on …)

Heavy Shelling in Aden

Filed under: Aden, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:37 pm on Friday, October 21, 2011

It also could be state retribution for the massive pro-independence demonstration in Aden on Oct 14. 9/20 Update: or the whole thing is regime propaganda…

Yemen Post: Thursday evening, residents in Aden reported heavy shelling in the Crater area, saying that the explosions were so numerous and violent that they had to take cover into basements and nearby buildings….In other parts of the city gun-battles are raging between men in civilian clothes and regular Adeni residents.

With so much confusion and contradictory statements, it is really difficult to establish a clear picture. Some anti-regime protesters are claiming that the government is attacking the Revolution, while others are claiming that al-Qaeda elements are trying to take control over Aden as the town is strategically of great importance.


AM Australia: Fears al Qaeda is behind attacks on Port of Aden, Saturday, October 22, 2011 08:03:00

(Read on …)

Yemen’s Southern Independence Movement protests 10/14

Filed under: Aden, Civil Unrest, South Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 8:23 am on Saturday, October 15, 2011

The southern movement held protests across the south yesterday, 10/14/11, the 48th anniversary of the birth of the anti-colonial independence movement in 1963 that led to the expulsion of the UK and the formation of the PDRY in 1967 . Large pro-independence protests were seen in Aden, Hadramout, Lahj and Shabwa in contrast to the previously low, if not non-existent, turn out by southerners for the 2011 Yemeni Youth Revolution protests. Protesters were asked to go to Aden or Radfan if possible. These numbers as shown in the photos are at about the levels that southerners protested from 2007-2010. The Southern Movement seeks an independent state and claims that the south was occupied by Northern Yemen following the 194 civil war, contravening UN SC resolutions 928 and 931.

SM leaders and members within Yemen reject efforts by expats like al Attas and ANM to find a consensus for a federal system, including results of the Cairo conferences. Last month, General Nassar al Nuba invited UN envoy Jamal bin Omar to the south to discuss the SM position and opportunities for resolution. Beyond a handful of individual efforts by YRR activists, no international or official YYR efforts have been made to engage the Southern Movement. Several southern leaders were appointed without discussion to the National Revolutionary Council and all immediately resigned. The photo below was taken yesterday in al Mansoura, Aden:


The following in Radfan, Lahj:



Photos Hadramout here and also here.

Southern Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) for June 2011, Yemen

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, reports — by Jane Novak at 10:20 am on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SOHR’s June report includes updates of activities of the Southern Movement, and its civil and violent repression, fatalities from across the south (warning graphic photos) and the events in (Zinjibar) Abyan, Aden, Lahj, Dhalie etc.

To download in English, click here

For Arabic, click here

General Nuba of the Southern Mobility calls UN envoy to visit the south

Filed under: Donors, UN, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:33 pm on Friday, September 30, 2011

Google translated, the original Arabic below, he says any representatives that UN envoy Jamal bin Omar met in Sanaa or in Cairo or YSP members do not represent the southern movement and he should come to the south to see the situation on the ground and talk to the leaders of the southern movement if he wants to actually solve “the Yemen crisis.”

We read through the media of the activities and meetings of the Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Jamal Bin Omar on assistance in solving the so-called crisis of Yemen According to the initiative of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

However, we believe that the Gulf initiative did not touch the essence of the so-called Yemen problem, a crisis in the occupation of the south 7-7-1994, which came because of all the These consequences, which means that Astmraha a threat to peace in the region And the whole world because of the important strategic site for the South. (Read on …)

Arrest Warrant issued for Ahmed Darwish’s killer, General Kiran

Filed under: Judicial, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:07 am on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ahmed Darwish was brutally tortured to death in an Aden jail after being randomly arrested. Much later when the revolution broke out, and fatalities in Aden skyrocketed because of violence against civilians, the US called for Kiran, the head of security, to be removed from his post. So the Sanaa regime transferred him to Taiz, where he continues his slaughter.

The public persecution in Aden city – sera district- issued an official letter to the chief prosecutor in the governorate to arrest the former security chief of Aden –who is now the current security chief of Taiz –General Abdullah Giran and generalized the latter to all air, sea and land outlets to arrest him and prevent him from traveling abroad and take him to the public persecution office if found.

General Giran is accused of torturing Ahmed Darwesh a young man till death In Aden city and also accused of killing peaceful protestors in taiz city.

He is also the primary guilty of taiz holocaust.

Zinjibar-separating fact from fiction

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Counter-terror, Islamic Imirate, Military, South Yemen, USA, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:13 am on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Separating fact from fiction is always quite difficult in Yemen. As predictable both the state’s military forces and the pro-revolutionary military forces claimed credit for freeing Zinjibar, although the extent to which it has been freed is questionable. Certainly some jihaddists fled, because people saw them withdrawing. Some moved to the mountains (Hattat) and some to Jaar, maybe Shabwa, and it is unclear if the split in the al Qaeda forces between northern and southern jihaddists is reflected in the divergent destinations. However residents are currently reporting that Zinjibar has not been liberated, only some sections of it, and fighting continues. The Yemen Times had an article, Who freed Zinjibar? but the paper is entirely off line at the moment. Tribal mediation has thus far failed to bring about a compete withdrawal. It was only with US help that the three month siege 25th Mechanized was broken.

Residents are without water, electricity, food and medical services since the Razi hospital was closed and many have fled to Aden and Lahj where there is no housing or aid waiting. The state announced that it will be moving the internal refugees out of the schools in Aden, but it is unclear where the IDPs will be going next.

Some links: (Ali Mohsen’s news paper): In that context sources familiar with the situation said to “Today’s News” that Secretary of Defense may send a tribal delegation to negotiate with the insurgents and persuade Jalal Blaidy and insurgents that they need to withdraw from the city of Zanzibar, noting that the tribal delegation failed in his mission to persuade the gunmen to withdraw from the Zanzibar and that the insurgents said that they would step up their operations against the army.

News Yemen Local residents: we saw the insurgents moving into Jaar
Army restores Zanzibar and frees 25 Major Mika
10/09/2011 NewsYemen:

Local residents said city of Zanzibar, in Abyan province to NewsYemen that the forces of the army freed today by members of the Brigade 25 Mika besieged by al-Qaeda members in more than four months, and Zanzibar has cleared of insurgents. (Read on …)

Mediation leads to AQAP withdrawal from Abyan? Developing

Filed under: Abyan, Islamic Imirate, South Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:50 pm on Thursday, September 8, 2011

A rights and media activist and Vice Chairman of the Media Association in the Abyan Province is reporting AQAP has agreed to withdraw from Abyan, with compensation, following mediation. Also he reports a schism between two factions of jihaddists in Abyan in response to the proposal, and some are going into the mountains instead of leaving the province. Separately, I have an interview with one of the mediators that was conducted a few days ago and before the agreement was reached, and that should be posted shortly. (Or not.) There were a few rounds of mediation in the last weeks.

Update: Additional confirmation by residents of large scale withdrawals from Jaar and Zinjibar in Abyan. This is following the Yemeni bombing campaign and the resupply of the 25th Mechanized by the US.The question is where are they going? Update 2: Another report says the withdrawal is from Jaar and those who are agreed are from “the provinces of Yemen,” meaning the north. The red on red fighting a few weeks ago was also between northern and southern terrorists. And it makes sense that southern jihaddists wouldn’t want to relocate to Marib which is the likely destination.

1) Last night, the authorities reached agreement with the militants in Abyan to waive their Islamic Emirate in Abyan in return of their safe withdrawal and compensation for any loses, we actually saw many of them leaving with their weapons, more details later.

2) Agreement has been reached on the withdrawal of militants with their weapons and the abandonment of the name of “Emirate of Abyan” and to stop pressing for prosecution as well as compensating them for their losses according to sources close to both the Authorities and the militants. The agreement has been singed a few minutes before the bombardment threat the Minister of Defence has vowed to carry out against Jaar, which would have “wiped it out” in the event of rejecting (the agreement). But after the signing, a dispute as broke-out between the militants (between supporters and opponents of “the agreement”). Currently, the opponents (of the agreement) are now withdrawing to the mountains. Hence the Abyan show has ended..

Another variation:

The withdrawal of armed groups from the city of Jaar after an agreement with the authorities of the Yemeni occupation regime Breaking News: Private sources: the Yemeni regime makes a deal with armed groups, which occupies the city of Jaar requires their withdrawal with all their equipments to the nearby mountains in Hattat Breaking News: Private sources: Acceptance of armed groups that belong to the governorates of Yemen (ed-northern Yemen) of the agreement with the Sanaa regime has led to splits in the ranks of these groups Braking News: Groups, the so-called Sharia supporters held an agreement with the Authorities of the Sanaa regime leading to the exit from the city of Jaar to the surrounding mountains to carry as much as they can of their equipments

AQ is a fake: General Saadi

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, South Yemen, Yemen, Yemen's Lies — by Jane Novak at 11:01 am on Friday, August 26, 2011

al Tagheer:

Brigadier General Saadi

* Al-Qaeda controlled whole cities in Abyan, and may come to get to Eden, what you read in the folds of the ongoing activity for the «base» in the south and those who stand behind him?

- I think that the «base» does not exist in the south, and existing today in the South is a business organizer led from one office, and this play, which is hosted by the system in the show is directed by the security services of the system.

Southern sentiment 2: a right to self-determination

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:06 pm on Monday, August 22, 2011

These are good portrayals of the logic behind southern rejection of the national council and what steps are necessary to form a cohesive alliance:

Dear, Jane Novak – the people of the south lost 1300 martyrs and thousands injured and thousands of southerners languished in prisons of the Yemeni occupation since the beginning of Southern peaceful movement in 2007 .. Southerners are sacrificing in order to restore their state, their home, their dignity, their freedom and their jobs. The unity between south and north died in 1994 when Saleh’s forces invaded the south.. The Southern are living on their land but they are strangers in, they do not participate in decision-making on their land .. The solution of the problem (Southern case) it is not an affiliation a group of people from the south to the Yemeni Council to legitimizes occupation of their land, but, the other party (Yemeni side) should recognize the right of southerners to self-determination ..

The country (Yemen) will return to the same scenario, a group of thieves in the service of the robbers, all belonging to the military tribe, unless a real solution for the Southern Case first of all , and the US Govt. quit financial support to Saleh’s regime who is using US aid money to strike peaceful southern movement in the South. from Mohamed Seif Gubran

Dear Jane, The key issue here that regime ignored unity treaties between the two countries since 1994. The bigger issue that the current revolution doesn’t accept or acknowledge that once upon a time there were a whole nation and country engaged peacefully in a unification that failed miserably at least in the eyes of the majority of Southerners. The new council just another facet of the same attitude and viewpoint towards the south’s main issues. To make matters worse, the unborn new regime or so called national council deepens the difference and creates further an atmosphere of mistrust in southerners eyes even those pro-unity, furthermore, makes us determined that all solutions from our brothers in the north are still coming from that same narrow angle of Saleh’s regime and ignorance.

The council and alliances should look at the root causes and engage in a civilized dialogue with their counterparts in the south (south movement) as opposed to propose superficial solutions and repeat Saleh’s old strategy that worsened the situation even more and helped to raise the demands to full peaceful secession which most of us feel is the right solution and many others join the call on a daily basis. The revolutionaries want to build the new Yemen, but forgetting completely what the current Yemen was made of prior to 1990 and there has been a revolution for years in the south against the regime which has hundreds of martyrs, thousands of wounded protesters and detainees.

Southern sentiment: “The Yemen’s Southern Movement and the Saleh-Hamid Game”

Filed under: Post Saleh, South Yemen, guest posts — by Jane Novak at 12:03 pm on Monday, August 22, 2011

The following article by a southern activist is a good snapshot of the southern viewpoint and distrust of the revolution and Hamid al Ahmar in particular. It makes the point, which seems accurate in my view, that southerners have been sitting out the rev, and few have changed their goal of independence. Many view it as a mechanism to retain the proceeds from natural resources which are found mostly in the south.

From the inception of the revolution, there have been no formal overtures to the southerners and it was assumed they would come around or that there really wasn’t strong support for the two state solution. Part of the huge disconnect between north and south is a function of the regime’s censorship and poor infrastructure.

Many northerners were quite shocked when southern protests broke out in 2007, and apparently shocked again that the 23 southern leaders resigned the national council last week. Southerners were shocked the north did not rise up with them years ago, and that the atrocities committed by the Saleh regime were largely met with silence in Sanaa and elsewhere. Some leaders in the national council were active against the south in the 1994 civil war.

The Yemen’s Southern Movement and the Saleh-Hamid Game
By Nedhal Moqbel

Amidst the growing political crisis in Yemen , the Southern cause remains South Yemenis’ top priority. The injured president, who is being treated in Saudi Arabia , left behind unresolved political conflicts, and multiple parties and individuals are now competing for power. President Saleh’s return is becoming more possible as the state seems to be falling apart. Moreover, violence is escalating, and the Islamic extremists are gaining more strength. While the country’s future is unknown, the well known fact now is that most Southerners are maintaining their goal of secession.

As the backstage facts of the anti-Saleh protests are gradually revealed, the Southern struggle is standing out with its spontaneous outset and clear goal. According to an article by Jumana Farahat of the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper (dated April 9, 2011), the current protests against Saleh were basically a plot by the powerful political and tribal figure Hamid Al-Ahmar, a scenario he began to prepare for in 2009. Citing several Wikileaks cables, Farahat assures that Hamid has been in contact with the American embassy in Sana’a since 2009, providing officials there with some details of his plot to overthrow the president, which they did not take seriously. His plan centered on weakening Saleh by opening up multiple communication avenues with the latter’s enemies in Sa’ada and the South, urging them to escalate their pressures. Regardless of the responses he received from them, Hamid did not give the green light for the anti-Saleh protests until he was sure the time was right.

Additionally, a Reuters article published on June 1st this year reveals one reason why yesterday’s friends (Saleh and Hamid) are now today’s enemies. The article refers to a “confidential State Department cable” that confirms a “long-standing monopoly” by Hamid Al-Ahmar and Arcadia Petroleum, an oil trading firm owned by Norway’s billionaire John Fredriksen, of Yemen’s oil exports. Because he was the firm’s undeclared agent in Yemen , Hamid used his powerful connections to let Arcadia win most oil export tenders at below market prices, earning in return a big fortune from the firm. However, Saleh managed in 2009 to break this monopoly, handing the case to an oil council under the control of his own son.

This verifies that hidden internal disputes upon Yemen ’s rich resources – most of which exist in the South – were behind the recent protests. Hamid first pushed for “organized chaos,” using Farahat’s words, through increasing the pressures upon Saleh by his North and South opponents. After that, he set the stage for the protest movement that demanded the president’s departure. However, loyalists of Saleh responded with massive demonstrations in support of their president, which caused riots on North Yemen ’s streets to be significantly divided.

On the other hand, one sees a different picture when it comes to the Southern Movement. This struggle did not spring from “organized chaos,” but from shared discrimination at the hands of the Northern government. The long-standing persecution of Southerners that particularly began in 1994 was translated in 2007 into an organized entity called the Southern Peaceful Movement that represents all South Yemenis. Its goal is the restoration of the occupied South, with its immense natural resources over which Hamid and Saleh have been fighting.

Unlike the divided protest movements in Sana’a and Taiz (pro-Saleh and anti-Saleh demonstrations), the Southern protests have always chanted the same slogans, raised the same flag (that of the pre-unification South Yemen ), and demanded one thing: the liberation of their land from the Northern troops that invaded the South in 1994. This peaceful struggle is continuous despite the government’s violent and suppressive response to it.

Saleh fought the Southern cause brutally, Hamid Al-Ahmar made use of it in his battle with Saleh, and those standing today on the Yemeni political stage are in disagreement about it. While Hamid now is more powerful than before, Yemen is still run by Saleh’s sons, relatives, and allies who still control the security authorities and a significant chunk of the military. The scene is foggy, and the game is not over. However, whoever wins this power game will have to eventually confront the persistent Southern struggle for secession.

23 Southerners Resign from National Council

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:19 pm on Saturday, August 20, 2011

Xinhua SANAA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) — Some 23 opposition leaders from Yemen’s southern regions, who were among the opposition’s newly- established 143-member National Council against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, announced their withdrawal from the council in a statement issued late Friday.

The 143-member National Council was formed on Wednesday, a day after Saleh, who is in the Saudi capital of Riyadh for rehabilitation after he was injured in a bomb attack on his palace in June, vowed in a speech to return soon to Sanaa to resume his duties until 2013.

“We were surprised that our names were included in the list of National Council without acknowledging us,” said the joint statement by the 23 opposition southern leaders, including former president Ali Nasser Mohamed, former prime minister Haidar Abu Bakr al-Attas and head of Islamic Islah (reform) party in the southeastern province of Hadramout.

The 23 leaders also said they refused to join the council because it lacked of balance between members from the south and north.

“Any national council with responsibility of leading the people’s peaceful revolution to overthrow the remains of Saleh’s regime should be composed of fifty-fifty membership between the southern and the northern provinces,” they said in the statement, which was signed by the leaders and published by the opposition’s key media outlet

They also accused the leaders of the opposition coalition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) of ignoring what they called “the Southern Peaceful Movement,” which included southern activists who have been seeking to secede southern Yemen from the north since 2007.

“As well as your (JMP’s) ignorance to the Southern Cause and its Southern Peaceful Movement, many of whose activists were killed by government forces during previous clashes in the southern provinces, was another main factor behind our refusal to join the National Council,” they added.

The south and north Yemen unified peacefully in 1990, but the relationship deteriorated by 1994, when a southern insurgency was quelled in a civil war. Calls for separation were renewed in early 2007.

1994’s Document of Pledge and Accord a relevant document today

Filed under: Diplomacy, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:07 pm on Friday, August 19, 2011

The National Committee should pledge to the 1994 Document of Pledge and Accord.
Full Text here. Its an amazing assessment and action plan that was never implemented as it challenged the hegemony of the northern Saleh regime following unity.

The international community will like Section 1, paragraph 2 and the emphasis on counter-terror, but the whole document is as relevant now as it was in 1994, as regards Saleh’s tactics and excesses, and in providing assurances to southerners of equality and self determination going forward. The north/ south divide is as bifurcated today as it was before the revolution started. Maybe by agreeing to abide by the Document’s principles, the southerners might consent to join the rev or at least begin a conversation.

2. The Dialogue Committee reaffirms the statement of the government regarding the steps specially taken to confront terrorism, and to abide the policy of Yemen internally and externally in confronting terrorism. and to extradite all non-Yemenis against whom there is evidence of involvement in terroristic activities, support thereof or even encouragement or publicizing them.

Appropriate trials open and fair must be initiated and proper punishment dispensed accordingly to the law and through the appropriate channels. To forbid the entry into Yemen, employment of, or giving shelter or refuge to persons accused of terrorism.

Southerners bow out of Yemen’s National Assembly

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:21 pm on Friday, August 19, 2011

This is a statement typical of the southern personalities who are bowing out after being appointed to the National Council without prior knowledge. This one is from the editor of al Ayyam, the well respected Hisham Bashraheel. From the beginning, most southerners wished the revolutionaries well but did not participate. In their view, it was occurring in another country. This is also the logic of the widespread boycott of the 2006 election, the boycott may not have been readily apparent because of ballot stuffing. Many of the revolutionaries are a) unaware of the depth of emotional and alienation in the south b) believe southerners had no right to challenge the legitimacy of the unified state (quite a double standard) and c) believed they would come around. Most of the protests in Aden are by Islahis, and the rest of the south has been quiet when in years past hundreds of thousands would march from city to city. The only vision shared in the north and south at this point is extreme disappointment in the Obama administration’s policies toward Yemen.

Also below a statement from the Arab Sisters Forum endorsing the effort but expressing disappointment that there is a lack of transparency. The Houthis issued a statement in support of the southern position, and have also withdrawn. Maybe it will force a more inclusive transparent council and counter balance the Islahis/ Hashid influence. But it could take months.

I thank the brothers in the National Assembly of the Forces of the Revolution who took in me as a member of the National Assembly.

And as I am proud of this trust, I announce apologies for not accepting to participate because of the lack consultion in advance to include my name and not tell me the version of the principles and policies set for the National Society for the forces of revolution, as and to ignore the issue of South and peaceful movement and its martyrs and their injured and material damage tops resolutions apology and God bless. (Read on …)

Yemen opposition forms 143 member national council, updated

Filed under: JMP, Saada War, South Yemen, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 10:18 am on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It doesn’t appear to be the transitional council, but rather a unified front to lead the rev to the point of the transitional council. Its a good step if they make an action plan, drawing on input from their constituencies, as opposed to devolving into a top heavy, bickering entity that issues statements. They better have an English spokesperson unlike the JMP, CCYRC, Civil Coalition, the Southern Movement and the Houthis who all left the regime’s propaganda statements unchallenged in English for a decade. Photos.

Sahwa Net – Yemen opposition parties, the ruling party’s defected politicians met on Wednesday and formed a 143-member national council which aims at uniting various groups against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The council included representatives of civil society, members of the secessionist Southern Movement, and the northern Shiite Huthi rebels, as well as independent activists

According to Yemen’s opposition parties, the national council will lead the forces of the revolution until Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure.

The opposition meeting was held at a hall in Sanaa University amid tight security enforced by the army’s First Armoured Division led by General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who defected to the opposition in March.

More on the anticipated function from the WaPo:

Salem Mohammed Bassindwa, a top opposition figure, says youth groups and political parties named 143 council members to represent the people, a rare show of unity.

“This is a revolutionary council aimed at toppling the rule of the (Saleh) family and the remnants of this regime,” Bassindwa said. He clarified that it is “not an alternative to the government.”

The council members will elect a president and an executive body. It will also form “popular committees” in Yemeni cities, to be in charge of “protecting citizens’ properties and state institutions” at time of crisis and street clashes, he said.

Ok a listing of the names from News of the Yemen Rev in English

1. Ahmad Al-Qatabi
2. Ahmad Bahaj
3. Ahmad Bazarah
4. Ahmad Salem Obeid
5. Ahmad Said Hashed
6. Amat Al-Salam Raja’a
7. Amal Al-Basha
8. Ameen Al-Akemi
9. Ensaf Mayo
10. Bushra Al-Maqtari (Read on …)

SM’s Fadi Baoum says Transitional Council a good step but late

Filed under: South Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 9:57 am on Sunday, August 7, 2011

Southern Movement leader Hassan Baoum has been in jail since February along with his son Fawaz. Another son, Fadi in an interview said the transitional council was the right step but its late and too large. This is significant because the SM position for some months was that the revolution was taking place in another country, reiterating the demand for an independent south. After the Cairo meeting, there has been some shift toward the acceptance of a federalist solution, but its not universal on the popular level.

Three Yemen govt airstrikes targeted tribes fighting al Qaeda despite notice

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, South Yemen, Tribes, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:14 am on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Update: Reuters reports the tribes have returned to the fight.

Xinhua: Tuesday’s offensive by the 119th Military Brigade in Khamila area in western Zinjibar killed three Islamist militants and wounded seven others, who all were hospitalized in Razi hospital in Abyan’s city of Jaar, a doctor at the hospital told Xinhua. Zinjibar, about 480 km south of the capital Sanaa, has been besieged by the 119th Military Brigade from the west and by the 25th Mechanized Brigade from the east

Original: This is an excellent article from AP and should be read in full. Lets again review the sequence of events. Saleh warns of an al Qaeda take over in Abyan, if he is deposed, then government troops withdraw leaving behind large stocks of weapons. Al Qaeda moves in, takes possession of the weapons and takes over several towns including the capital, Zinjibar, forcing about 90,000 residents to flee from Abyan to Aden. The Defense Ministry leaves the 35th Mechanized Brigade stranded for two months, ordering the brigade to surrender twice. (The US trained CT forces are no where in sight.) Southern tribesmen launch a counter-offensive along with the 35th MB and drive al Qaeda out of Zinjibar. As the fighting moves to the outskirts of town, the Yemeni military bombs the tribesmen three times, although they had notified the military of their position. The Yemeni government calls it a friendly fire incident. Yemenis call it another instance of state collusion with al Qaeda in order to play the western powers, especially the US.

Al Qaeda will be much, much weaker without Saleh and his relatives (including Ahmed) and could be easily conquered, on all levels, by the multitude of indigenous forces that are naturally opposed to them. Its a much more cost effective option as well.

Botched Yemen airstrikes harms anti-militant fight

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press – 20 hours ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni government airstrikes that accidentally killed 40 people last week, including four army officers and a tribal sheik, brought an abrupt halt to the largest military effort yet to dislodge al-Qaida-linked militants from a key southern town, officials and tribal fighters said Tuesday.

The airstrikes, which took place late Friday just east of the town of Zinjibar near Yemen’s south coast, outraged pro-government fighters, prompting them to withdraw from the military offensive against Islamist militants. (Read on …)

Southerners abroad fail to convince SM to abandon demands for independence

Filed under: Civil Unrest, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:37 am on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Southerners began protests in 2007 for equal rights, and later for independence after the state routinely murdered unarmed protesters. The Southern Movement never moved beyond protests to create representative institutions or a unified structure as the protests grew to encompass the southern governorates, largely in response to the state’s brutality. (The stagnation is similar to the pro-democracy protests today.) The Cairo meeting in May by exiled former PDRY politicians to unify the movement and to create a consensus for a federal state, and continued unity, had little impact on the mindset within the south.

(U.S.) Aden NA: – failed attempts by intense by leaders and activists of the Cairo meeting of the South Unionists to persuade the activists to reverse the demand for “independence of the South” referred to a statement from the meeting, as reported by sources in the southern opposition abroad.

And activists struggling for the Cairo meeting, which took place in May under the auspices of the Socialist leaders Haidar Abu Bakr Al-Attas and Ali Nasser Mohammed to end the popular demands in the South calls for an independent state. (Read on …)

Will the U.S Support the Southern Movement to Combat Terrorism?

Filed under: Counter-terror, South Yemen, USA, guest posts — by Jane Novak at 9:13 pm on Friday, July 29, 2011

Guest post: Will the U.S Support the Southern Movement to Combat Terrorism? written by Ayad al-Shaibi

Talks about “terrorism and Al Qaeda” in Yemen or what has become known as “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” is still closely linked with the regime of the Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, from the perspective of many observers, analysts and Arab and Western intelligence departments. This link is not reinforced by the “loose” concept promoted by the media of the exhausted Yemeni regime’s forces under the banner of “fighting terrorism.” (Read on …)

Tribesmen, retired southern military who drove al Qaeda from areas in Abyan withdraw

Filed under: Abyan, Islamic Imirate, Military, South Yemen, Yemen's Lies, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 1:29 pm on Sunday, July 24, 2011

What did I say from day 1: the most effective force in the south against al Qaeda is going to be the retired southern (PDRY) military/ tribes because a) they have military training b) they know the lay of the land c) they are against al Qaeda firmly d) they are not connected to Saleh’s regime e) they respect human rights and are concerned for the welfare of the locals. But no, no one from the international community can talk to the southerners, the real southerners, because they want an independent state.

Anyway the retired southern military and tribesmen that drove out al Qaeda from areas of Abyan are now withdrawing because the regime is trying to use them politically, for propaganda, and its just not happening. The media stories that the Yemeni military forced the withdrawal of al Qaeda in some areas are incorrect; according to everything I’m seeing it was the southerners.

The following is google translated from Yafi Press but we have essentially the same story here from al Teef: Withdrew this afternoon, hundreds of tribesmen who had taken over the past few weeks the areas controlled by al Qaeda to the east of Zanzibar to protest the military leaders loyal to the regime of President Abdullah Saleh of Yemen to pay dozens of elements affiliated to these areas.

Yafi Press: He said the activist, a former military commander of the Army (South) Republic of Yemen People’s Democratic Republic, which united with North Yemen in 1990, said “We have confirmed through our presence among the tribes show that we are the leaders of military-trained and have experience in the topography of our land, we do not want the supervision of a not of the power system not from the opposition and brought us out of our homes to fight these battles but jealousy on our province handed over by soldiers into the hands of the Yemeni regime of these groups simply to leave the capital of our province a battleground between the poles of this dying regime (Read on …)

SOHR report June, southern leader Baoum jailed, ill in Yemen

Filed under: South Yemen, political violence, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 6:12 pm on Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Southern Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) monthly report on various HR violations in southern Yemen (including Zinjibar) for June 2011 is now available for download:



Southern secessionist leader Hassan Baoum remains in very poor health and in incommunicado detention since February despite multiple efforts to visit him by activists and others this week. But with friends like Obama, the Saleh regime can do what it wants to the political opposition without fear of consequences:

Sanaa authorities are still prevent the visit in the hospital of Ba’oom (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 …)

UN “peace” proposal reinstates Saleh

Filed under: Air strike, Counter-terror, Diplomacy, Donors, UN, GCC, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:52 am on Monday, July 4, 2011

Its just ridiculous. The international community should start with the protesters plan and move outward from there. We are not talking about a transition of power between the ruling party and the opposition (although that’s what the international community is pushing for) but a revolution, an overthrow of the entire regime. If the political party system worked, there wouldn’t be a revolution in the first place. The JMP was unable to institute a dialog on electoral reforms with the GPC for three years, leading to the two year delay in parliament elections in 2009. Immediate elections are unworkable; the protesters plan has been the only viable solution from day one.

6/30 CNN Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) — The Yemeni government has lost control over five provinces, and security in the country is deteriorating, the nation’s acting president told CNN in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

In his first interview with a Western TV network, Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansoor Hadi detailed how U.S. drones are using voice recognition to target al Qaeda leaders and help the government win back control. (Read on …)

Security committees in Aden

Filed under: Aden, Military, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:13 am on Sunday, June 26, 2011

Popular committees are being formed in Aden because the regime’s forces are contributing to the lawlessness and assassinations. Having the military unit physically walk over the mutinous soldiers at Anad military base is a common practice.

And our sources said: that the situation in Aden heading towards the escalation of lawlessness due to intentional youth revolution has begun the start of the revolution through the will of the people’s committees to maintain security in the city of Aden, (Read on …)

Republican Guards open fire on bus in Taiz, teen killed

Filed under: Business, Security Forces, South Yemen, Taiz, Transition, Trials — by Jane Novak at 12:28 pm on Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yemen Post: Republican guards killed a 14-year old boy in Yemen’s Taiz province on Wednesday, where a massive demonstration was held coinciding with protests in other cities to urge the youth-led protesters to finish their revolution and to refuse external mandate or interventions.

Locals at Street 60th at the city’s entrance said republican guards fired at passengers inside a bus killing the teen and injuring others. The incident took place amid insecurity in Taiz, which saw deadly clashes between the army and armed tribesmen in the past weeks.

In other Taiz related news, Haykel Saed Corp is negotiating between the families of the protesters killed by forces under the supervision of lunatic security chief (transferred from Aden after several bloodbaths) Abdullah Qiran. There’s no resolution yet as the families are demanding a trial. Qiran was also charged with the murder of Ahmed Darwish tortured to death in Aden jail. One major outstanding protesters’ demand is the purge and reformation of the security forces.

Cairo summit on southern Yemen declares federalism acceptable solution

Filed under: Post Saleh, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:59 am on Thursday, June 23, 2011

The consensus is a federal system of two parts, north and south. Its unclear the extent to which southern Yemeni residents are signed on to the proposal or remain committed to either independence (or unity). The meeting was held in Cairo last month.

The Southern Case

Southern View for a Comprehensive Solution to the Current Crisis in Yemen

After a series of Southern meetings, a meeting resulted during 09-11 May 2011 affirming that the Southern Case is the basis for solutions to the complex Yemeni crisis in the context of the following rules:
1. Emphasis on the fact that unity will remain a political option in the context of an equivalent partnership contracted between two states which derive their legitimacy and sovereignty from the people and the land and that the Yemeni crisis is a complex one. Its core is that the peaceful unification signed on 22 May 1990 failed and ended in war. The acknowledgement of the Southern case by all political forces is considered a clear confession that the continuing absence or ignoring one of the unity partners will not solve the Southern case. As a result, the Yemeni crisis will remain, even after the toppling of the regime and the departure of its head without a true and fundamental solution. (Read on …)

SEYAJ appeals for urgently needed aid for displaced people from Abyan

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Air strike, Counter-terror, Donors, UN, Lahj, Refugees, South Yemen, Yemen, poverty/ hunger — by Jane Novak at 8:52 am on Thursday, June 23, 2011

The humanitarian crisis is deepening and SEYAJ urges relief convoys to the starving people displaced to Aden and Lahj

An appeal call No(2) to save the people in Abyan

Issued by the Emergency Cell in Seyaj
Yemen- Sana’a- June 22nd -2011

The Emergency Cell in Seyaj organization for childhood protection calls to declare Abyan governorate as a disastrous area by all the standards.

Seyaj directs its second humanitarian appeal to all the Yemeni people to send urgent humanitarian relief convoys to the victims in Abyan of the dirty security political game that displaced , killed and violated the lives, humanity and dignity of at least more than forty thousand families.

Moreover, Seyaj calls the Arabic, Islamic and international associations and humanitarian relief organizations to send urgent humanitarian relief convoys to Abyan victims in Aden and Lahj governorates.

Seyaj also calls the acting president to take concrete actions to save the lives of his people and clan in Abyan.
Seyaj confirms that the areas of war against Al-Qaeda as called are free of country’s institutions that are capable of performing its duty to displaced people in Abyan, Aden and Lahj ,as the first responsibility lies on the Yemeni people in all its political& social activities, humanitarian organizations, religious men , youth , politicians and others of the society components. (Read on …)

Ja’ar residents protest infiltration of “Al Qaeda”; 18 US drone strikes mostly miss

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Counter-terror, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:37 am on Sunday, June 19, 2011

From the Yemen Post:

A US drone attack took place in Jaar, Abyan, on Saturday injuring six civilians. Eyewitnesses said the attack was expected to be targeting senior Jihadists in the area. No al-Qaeda members were hurt in the attack.Most of the attacks in Abyan have resulted in injuring wrong targets this month. At least 18 US drone attacks have taken place in June, in the highest foreign attack toll on Yemen lands in recent history.

The US is bombing and missing although there is supposed to be a better intelligence stream. In 2009, General Patraeus said the Bedouin locals killed in Abyan by a US missile strike were providing material support to al Qaeda by selling them food, implying the 42 civilians killed weren’t really civilians, and overlooking they had complained about the AQ infiltration to local authorities. What is one supposed to do when al Qaeda moves in? In this case, the residents are actively protesting.

Dawn ADEN, Yemen: Hundreds of residents of a southern Yemeni town in which al Qaeda has embedded itself called on Friday for the departure of the Islamic militants from their neighbourhood, an official said.

“Hundreds of residents of Jaar gathered in front of the town’s mosque to show their opposition to armed groups with links to al Qaeda,” Mohsen Salem Said, a member of the municipal council, told AFP.

He said residents “demanded that these armed men leave Jaar, so it does not befallen the same fate as Zinjibar,” a neighbouring town in Abyan province.

Hundreds of men presumed to be connected to al Qaeda on May 29 took control of Zinjibar after battles with the Yemeni army in which 140 people died, including about 80 soldiers. (Read on …)

Yemen Wed June 8, updates: Proxy War in Abyan

Late update: Saleh: late night in Sanaa and Taiz, over two hours of heavy gunfire so far from pro-Saleh forces shooting in air at news of his return or good health. Simultaneous in Dhamar, Hadramout. In Aden, govt cars seen shooting live rounds (more celebration?) Over 20 wounded in Sanaa arrive at the field hospital. According to friends in Saudi Arabia, theres no report airing about Saleh’s good health and return, and Mareb Press just retracted the report that Saleh wanted to return in 24 hours. However “celebratory” gunfire continuing for hours already. The RG is going to be cranky tomorrow.

Sanaa: Ali Mohsen meets US, EU ambassadors; forces intercept two attacks on Acting President Hadi’s compound. Reports also disbursed protesters demanding a transition council, near Hadis compound, dozens injured. Vid, al Khaiwani arguing with Askar Zoail, Ali Mohsen’s extremist office manager who incited soldiers with sermons on jihad against the Houthis at a mosque in the fifth Saada war. Al Khaiwani was later nearly kidnapped. Later video indicates Zoali’s forces shooting into the air. See below for Mohsen’s role in Abyan fighting.

JMP: did not meet with Hadi, expect to meet within two days; seek Hadi’s formal declaration that Saleh’s reign is over, threaten to unilaterally create transitional council with protesters.

Protesters: demand transitional council immediately in mass demo, “In Sana’a, a spokesman for the youth-led protesters in the change square outside Sana’a University said, after thousands of people marched Street 60th, they had given a 24-hour deadline for the concerned political parties to form a transitional council otherwise the revolutionaries will do that.”

Taiz: still tense, sporadic clashes on the outskirts of town. The Al Qaeda district is the name of the suburb, not a AQAP hideout. Three killed Maweah and Thikra

Ibb : YP: Government forces clashed with armed tribesmen in Qaeda district, Ibb province, 30 miles off Taiz province. According to the tribesmen, the goal of the tribes is to get rid of all government forces attacking the people. “Security forces are now using this lawless time in the country to loot and attack civilians. We will not allow our people to be attacked and will ensure that they are safe from any attacks from pro govt thugs,” said a tribal fighter.

Hodiedah: roads leading in blocked by pro-Saleh thugs.

Saudi Arabia, “Yemen’s neighbor and the biggest GCC country, said after a June 6 Cabinet meeting chaired by King Abdullah that the proposal is still viable, and called on Saleh to accept it. Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, will also send Yemen 3 million barrels of oil to alleviate fuel shortages, Yemen’s state news agency Saba reported yesterday.” ( SFgate)

Saada: Mass protests in favor of the end of the regime and against all plots on the rev.

UNICEF: Yemen facing humanitarian disaster.

State Department briefing; must read

AQAP: a decent analysis at Foreign Affairs of relation between tribes and AQAP and prospect in the post-rev phase.

Zinjibar: reduced to “hell” with fighting among unclear sides: < <"There is a cat-and-mouse game going on in the streets now between the army and armed men. I can't tell who's who among them any more,"... The fighting has reduced Zinjibar, once home to more than 50,000 people, to a ghost town without power or running water.>> Most residents of Zinjibar fled to Aden where many are sheltering in public buildings. The Central Security forces of Yahya are attacking the refugees as they flee.

The armed parties appear to be the national military, local tribesmen, local militants (both Saleh’s and Mohsen’s) and the defected army but I’m checking. Update: Gah!!! Armed members of the southern movement also maintaining security on some roads, and for sure they would be described by the regime as al Qaeda. If this is true, southerners carrying arms and creating their own security checkpoints outside local villages in various governorates, its new. (I deleted the areas where they are deployed or the regime will start bombing them.) It needs to be double checked. But being rebuffed after asking to coordinate security with the international community leaves few options. However as security fails, its likely the Southern Movement will reject new deployments by either Saleh’s forces or Mohsen’s forces. The only possibility is Aliwi who has a better reputation in the south than Hadi (as unlike Hadi he didnt attack civilians in the 1986 civil war, according to local lore.) And Mohsen is Mohsen.

Abyan: Local direct reports indicate military airplanes dropped two bombs today recently. Vid here of warplanes that bombed Abyan City, per local sources.

Another says the attack was on tribesmen who took up arms in the face of military assaults. “Ms. Novak – Greetings – I would like to clarify what is happening today in the province of pilgrimage in southern Yemen as a witness elders – the army is firing different weapons on the housing Almutnyen and Batalli tribes touched by the bombing respond and of these forces and drops dead from both sides.” Still no names on the militants leaders, but likely remnants of the localized jihaddist group AAIA operating under another new name. Upon asking, it seems that most discussions on southern forums regarding Zinjibar are operating on the assumption (as am I) that Khaledabul Nabi* is leading the jihaddists in Abyan but no eye witness confirmation. Ja’ar and Zinjibar are close enough. In 2009, Nabi was fighting on the side of Saleh in the battle of Ja’ar, another jihaddist proxy war.

Update, Southern Yemen: Ali Mohsen’s forces are in Abyan, see YT article Rebel soldiers engage militants, but are described below as “gunmen” so these could be the jihaddists as well. Majority of Mohsen’s soldiers are either graduates of Iman Univ or loyal to Zindani, per local buzz. The defected military issued a statement though that they were going to intervene in Abyan as military, and that may be what is triggering an armed (defensive) response by the southern movement if there is indeed an armed response. When the article below talks about forces loyal to Islah, it sounds like they mean armed militants loyal to Mohsen and Zindani. Maybe this is what Nuba meant by an invasion of Zindanis forces.

So Abyan could be a proxy war between Saleh and Mohsen with both sides using militants and military men and equipment. and the southerners who take defensive positions attacked by both. Now I really have a headache. Saada source comments, “That’s exactly whats happening with al Jawf,” and likely why the Houthis are fighting there, as a defensive measure.

Al Jawf/ Marib: Battles reported and continue over last months between Houthis and “Islahis” in conjunction with Mohsen’s forces, with back up from pro-Saleh forces according to news and local sources. Explains positioning of large amounts of troops there. Both the Mohsen forces and Saleh forces, militants and military, are fighting the Houthis in rotation. These developments bring into question both Mohsen’s alleged reformation and his commitment to the youth rev goals. Maybe he is just out to finally wipe out the Houthis and the Southerners. Clarification: There’s no troops on the al jawf/Saada border. Troops and militias of both Saleh (Republican Guards and militias) and Mohsen’s army and militias are on the border of Aljawf/Mareb and also inside both Aljawf and Mareb. There’s quite a number of troops in Saada but they are non-combative.

Yaf3press: Lapin: genocide and the destruction of cities, “Zanzibar and Jaar .. and forces loyal to the Reform Party (ed-Islah) and Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar involved in control of southern Yemen. (Read on …)

General Nuba writes the UN, GCC imploring to coordinate on security issues in southern Yemen

Filed under: Counter-terror, South Yemen, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:58 pm on Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mr. / Secretary General of the United Nations, Esquire
M / permanent members of the UN Security Council, Distinguished
Mr. / Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Esquire
Sirs / members of the GCC, Distinguished

After greeting:

Subject: keeping security in southern Yemen

We are pleased to send vest regards and wish you continued good health and
Success in your grave work. As you are aware the current situation in Yemen, and South Yemen in particular, could be leading up to the stages total collapse. Which leads to the formation of discussion of the seriousness of the situation on the local, regional and international as well as on the lines of international navigation in the Gulf of Aden.

We would like to extend to you a proposal to request material to us, and through which we can cover security issues in South Yemen and maintain the security and stability in the region, and the international corridor, and this Itati through Tkdmoh who support us.

We are hopeful and confident of your agreement to our proposal for the benefits of everyone.

Yours sincerely.

Brigadier General / Nasser Ali Al Nubia

President of the Supreme National Commission for the independence of the South.
President of the Supreme Coordination Council of the Assemblies of the retirees military and security officials and civilians

Issued in Shabwah on 03/04/2011

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Bombing in Habilayn City after security withdraws

Filed under: Lahj, South Yemen, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 1:32 pm on Sunday, May 29, 2011

Army troops stationed west of the city Habilayn
province pilgrimage renewed bombardment weapons, the machine middle of
the city for the second day coincides with the fall of the city of
Zanzibar, the capital of Abyan province – The move – after the
withdrawal of part of a broader these forces from east of the city
early last month and attest to local sources, that military force
Haider led by Brigadier-one close to the president the right)

Gov of Dhalie to give 325 rifles to GPC loyalists in Dhalie: official document

Filed under: GPC, Proliferation, South Yemen, al Dhalie, photos, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 11:14 am on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Saleh regularly deploys deniable proxies to do his dirty work.


Leaked document reveals that the regime is planning to blow up civil war.

A secret document issued by the People’s Committee for Defending the Constitutional Legitimacy and the President in Dalii city revealed the distribution of weapons to citizens through the President of the GCP in preparation for civil war.

The document is to direct to governor of Dali city, President of the People’s Committe, Major General. Ali Qassim Talib to the cheif of security of Dalii to give out 325 pieces of Kalashnikov to Qataba directorate and handing it to President of GCP in that directorate Sheikh. Abdulrab Al-Marah according to the plan that was submitted to him as it is shown in the document.

Al-Wahdawi website published the document quoting other confirmed sources that the governor had distributed weapons to security personnel. More sources pointed that the ruler has already distributed some weapons to its members confidentially.

Checkpoint attack in Mukalla, Yemen kills three

Filed under: 3 security, Hadramout, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:47 am on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The spree continues, Yemen Post

At least three people were killed, including two soldiers and another wounded in Yemen’s southern province of Hadhramout.

Private sources said that suspected Al-Qaeda militants attacked a governmental patrol vehicle at a checkpoint belonging to the Central Security Unit in Mukalla, killing two soldiers and a civilian and wounding another. (Read on …)

Southern Yemen protests for independence 5/15

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:34 am on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Videos show protests in favor of an independent South Yemen. Both the Saleh regime and Sanaa based protest movement are embargoing news of the southern independence movement. The state media said the protests were due to a 6 hour electricity blackout, which is quite common. Some of the protesters in Sana’a deny the southerners have a right to protest for independence, a hypocritical position from people seeking to overthrow the state. No one on any side has reached out to the secessionists in Yemen. The plan seems to be to ignore them for another two decades. The recent meeting in Cairo with al Attas and Ali Nasser Mohammed produced a statement endorsing a two part federation. But, while its far from a statistical representation, all the southerners I know since before 2007 haven’t changed their goal. They consider the departure of Saleh a good first step. The signs, the songs, the cars etc, demonstrate this is an organized protest by an older section of the population (I mean over 16). Update: Protests in Shibuya, Shabwa seemed entirely anti-Saleh vs. pro-independence. Also strikes around the country are on going.

Protests by day

Protests by night

Updated: Protest in Habilean, Radfan for release of Hassan Baoum

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Lahj, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:17 pm on Monday, May 16, 2011

Update: the regime is blaming the massive protest in Aden yesterday on a six hour power outage, but its the announced date and place of the pro-independence rally that commemorated the anniversary of the southern uprising 5/17/07. It was likely a mixed crowd but there hasn’t been significant easing of secessionist sentiment. The state pre-positioned tanks and personnel in advance of the rally. Without any media coverage, they can say what they want.

Yemen Post: At least two people were seriously injured when the police dispersed demonstrations in Yemen’s business capital Aden on Tuesday after thousands of angry people took to the streets to protest a six-hour hour blackout late on Monday night. quoted medical sources at Al-Naqeeb Hospital as saying that Abdullah Saberi and Yasir Saleh, in their 20s, got injuries in their abdomens and shoulders are being treated in the intensive care unit.

Massive demonstrations started earlier today in the city after the outage last night blamed on a technical fault plunged most of the Yemeni cities into darkness.


5/16/11 Hundreds of students in a peace march started from the College of Education City Habilayn major cities Radfan Monday morning. Participated in the demonstration, a number of leaders of the southern movement, including Dr. Nasser Kbjee, and settled the demonstration, which was held to demand the disclosure of the fate of the President of the Supreme Council of the Southern Movement, “Hassan Ahmed Ba’oum “Martyr’s Square in the city. The demonstrators chanted slogans demanding the release of South Baom and other calls for the expulsion of” occupation. “rose to the placards denouncing the arrest of” Ba’oum “and calls for his release.

There was a meeting in Cairo 4/13 with Haider Abu Bakr al Attas and Ali Nasser Mohammed in which they endorsed a two region federal solution to the southern issue under a new constitution and urged southerners join the protest movement to overthrow Saleh, which they stress in not a betrayal to the Southern Youth Revolution which began years before. The statement was denounced by some before it was even issued.

There is also a notice from internal activists for a demonstration in Aden to mark the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the southern movement 5/17/2007.

Aden oil company workers on strike

There’s a prison uprising in al Mansoura

al Watani National Council of Hadramout .. replace the right of the nation and the generations اللاحقة بدعوى ( التغيير ) ، ليست الا دعارة سياسية مكشوفة و عارية Subsequent grounds (change), but prostitution is not a political open and naked (Read on …)

Crater Aden remembering the 2 year anniversary of the closure of Al Ayyam

Filed under: Aden, Media, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:51 am on Saturday, May 7, 2011

12th Friday protests in Yemen dubbed “Day of Honoring the South”

Filed under: South Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 11:15 am on Friday, May 6, 2011

Lets see what kind of reaction this gets. Recognizing the southerners may reduce the estrangement between the secessionists and the protesters. I think the actual statement honors the southern protesters killed since February but not the hundreds before. Dhalie protested yesterday with the standard list of demands thats been unchanged for years, with the addition of calling for Saleh’s resignation. Update: huge protests in Taiz, Sanaa, Saada and elsewhere might shift the internal momentum of the protesters.

Yemen Post: Youth revolution and Yemen’s opposition coalition, the Joint Meeting Parties, JMP, will hold huge protests in Yemen’s capital and in the other provinces demanding the immediate ouster for the Yemeni embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The opposition and youth’s Friday will be called the “Friday of Honoring the South” and expected to gather millions of Yemenis nationwide. Tomorrow’s Friday will be the twelfth protesting Friday.

On the other hand, Yemen’s ruling General People Congress party will hold its own Friday which it called the “Friday of Security and Stability,” in Sabeen square of the capital Sana’a.

The ruling party had organized six Fridays in Sana’a and in the other provinces. The last five ruling party protests were called: ”the Friday of Solidarity,” ”the Friday of Tolerance,” ”the Friday of Harmony,” ”the Friday of Dialogue,” ”the Friday of Conciliation,” and the “Friday of Constitutional Legitimacy.”

Filling the Void: The Southern Mobility Movement in South Yemen

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:59 am on Friday, May 6, 2011

This is a rare article in that it focuses accurately on the south mobility in the context of the current protests. Well worth a full read.


Filling the Void: The Southern Mobility Movement in South Yemen
Publication: Volume: 0 Issue: 0
April 25, 2011 05:36 PM
By: Michael Horton

Executive Summary:

The Southern Mobility Movement (SMM) of south Yemen, an umbrella organization for many secessionist oriented groups in the south, is using the increasing weakness of the Salih government and eroding state authority to its advantage. The absence of central state authority, already weak in many parts of the south, is giving the SMM and its member groups more political capital and more opportunities to assert authority over the affairs of southern Yemen. Since its creation in 2008 under the nominal leadership of General Nasser al-Nuba, the SMM has been dedicated to redressing many grievances of the south dating from the 1990 unification and the 1994 civil war between north and south Yemen. The Southern Mobility Movement, whose members originally called for “equal rights” and “equal citizenship” with north Yemenis, transformed its goal to secession and the re-creation of an independent south Yemeni state. With the outbreak of countrywide anti-government demonstrations in February 2011, the SMM intensified its efforts and has played a key role in organizing protests and strikes across the south. Similarly, key figures within the SMM, including General Nuba, have stated that the organization stands in solidarity with the anti-government protesters in Sana’a and elsewhere in the north.

Retired Southern Military reject al Attas as representative in negotiations

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:17 pm on Thursday, April 21, 2011

There is no one abroad who represents the Southern Movement, General Nuba says. They reject al Attas’ statements and the appointment of al Attas as a negotiator on their behalf. Its critical to get the Council of the Retired Military involved in whatever planning is occurring, so that what comes next has a firm foundation in reality, instead of some pipe dream where the southern issue just faded away. Nuba previously stated that the Southern Movement is open to discussions in an international forum, and its likely that an authentic short term agreement can be reached. But its not going to happen by pretending that anyone from the YSP or one of these overseas figures speak for the southern independence movement.

From the media some news or maybe leaks that the JMP selected representative of the south for the GCC initiative, and at the top of representatives who have been endorsed by the JMP is Mr. Haidar Abu Bakr Al-Attas, former Prime Minister of Yemen. In order to cut off any doubt, we are in the southern movement stress to neighboring states, the Arab countries and all the international community:

“Bana Haidar Al-Attas is not of the southern movement. Neither he nor any other leaders abroad. What he has said is contrary to the objectives of the southern movement. The southern movement is struggling for the independence of the South. Brother Haider said he is in the framework of a unitary state, and we have already noted In our previous statements, which we pointed out that the home is sound and abroad is the echo.”

Brigadier / Nasser Ali Al Nubia
Chairman of the National Council for the independence of the South
President of the Supreme Coordination Council of the Assemblies of retired military and security officials and civilians

Issued Shabwa

April 13, 2011

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Yemen’s VP Hadi not a “southern” southerner

Filed under: GCC, Presidency, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:09 am on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Oh noes! Is the push to hand power from Saleh to VP Hadi (who already said he would not take the position) because its constitutional or because he’s a southerner, and its thought that he may placate the southern independence movement? It’s a similar notion to Hamid al Ahmar’s repetitive suggestion that the next president be from the south. It was the strategy they tried during the last election. In the south, Hadi is known as a sell out to northern interests (as are many in the YSP) and in no way would be welcomed by the secessionists.

Nasser Arrabyee: In an exceptional meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh, the GCC foreign ministers late Sunday April 10th, suggested that President Ali Abdullah Saleh should hand over his powers to his deputy, Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and form a unity government chaired by the opposition for formulating a new constitution and conducting elections.

Mr. Hadi is from the south. This is the most important thing that will force all parties to agree on him for succeeding Saleh during the transitional period which will be about 3-6 months.

I am just astounded by how out of touch many in the north are with the secessionists and southern sentiment in general. (I don’t mean this reporter Nasser, I’ll leave the obnoxious egghead shtick to the eggheads. I mean Yemenis on the streets.) Regardless of my hopes for a just and unified Yemen, the secessionists haven’t lost as many supporters as the Sanaa protesters seem to wish. And the longer the southerners are ignored and excluded from negotiations, and the topic banned from discussion, the more alienated they are from the current movement.

The protesters in Aden are nearly all young boys, which makes their deaths so tragic. But many of the hundreds of thousands from other governorates who marched from 2007-2010 are staying home. Earlier this month, the southern movement held the regularly scheduled march for the prisoners, not to be confused with joining the current protest movement. Other protests are characterized as in harmony with the SM goal of removing Saleh as a step toward independence. It would be a good idea for anyone (YRC, GCC, UN) to reach out to them and try to get them on board, but there’s such hostility whenever the topic comes up and everyone seems to think that the issue can be deferred until after Saleh goes. And worse yet, the only name that has any recognition is Hassan Baoum, and he is only part of the equation.

A good spot to link the Southern Observatory for Human Rights March 2011 reports which details the protests and violence in the south, as well as the location and stated purposes of the demonstrations:
باللغة الأنجليزية

باللغة العربية

General Nasser al Nuba invites the GCC to deal with the South also

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, protest statements, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 8:13 am on Monday, April 11, 2011

There have been some statements recently attributed to General Nuba but this one is authentic. In the statement, General Nuba applauds the GCC efforts and invites the GCC to deal with the issue of the south. It is a political opening to begin a discussion, but the starting position of the SNC is independence. Its also important to recall General Nuba is the head of the retired southern military coalition which began the protests in 2007 and have sustained them through time peacefully despite horrible atrocities by the state. As I’ve been saying, the retired southern military officers could be quite helpful after the purge of the Yemeni military leadership. The southern officers have Russian military training, respect civilian immunity, are already organized and know the lay of the land.

An important political statement

We followed with great interest the efforts undertaken by the GCC countries, in response to the crisis of Yemen, between the regime and opposition which culminated in a five point initiative.

Accordingly, we in the Supreme National Commission for the Independence of the South, although the initiative was not exposed to us or in the South, we review the issue. We continue our struggle in a peaceful manner against the current system or the next system in order to attain independence of the South in an expeditious manner.

At the same time we can not fail here that confirm that we applaud the policies included in the initiative, especially as they concern our brothers in Yemen Arab Republic. We appreciate the role played by the GCC countries to resolve the crisis of our brothers in the Yemen Arab Republic.

We also hope the GCC countries to be next to them is to move forward in resolving the issue about South and the quick granting of independence in the South.

Brigadier / Nasser Ali Al Nubia

President of the Supreme National Commission for the independence of the South

President of the Supreme Coordination Council of the Assemblies of retired military and security officials and civilians


April 10, 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
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TajAden reaffirms commitment to southern independence

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:58 am on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Echoing the statement of Nasser al Nuba on behalf of the southern retired military a week ago, Tagaden disassociates itself from all efforts in Yemen except those for an independent southern state, via email. To the extent that many protesters will have a knee-jerk reaction of disgust at any suggestion of overturning the botched unity agreement, I say they are out of touch with the reality of the south and the depth of southern sentiment. Furthermore, the coronation of Ali Mohsen al Ahmar (a criminal kingpin, mass murderer and long time terrorist facilitator) as the leader of the democracy movement is bound to harden sentiments and give southerners a greater sense of hopelessness and abandonment, if that’s possible. Many assume the hundreds of thousands of southerners who marched week after week before 2011 are a mildly disgruntled fringe group, but that’s not my impression. The southern movement began in 2007 doing what the rest of Yemen is doing today, trying to escape Saleh’s tyranny. And they have paid a terrible price in blood. For anyone protesting today to condemn southerners for protesting yesterday is hypocritical and a double standard. There may be a way to create a unified movement against Saleh, but ignoring and insulting the southern movement is not going to do it. Update: the demand of the southern protest movement over the last four years is an internationally supervised referendum on unity. With efforts at reconciliation, its possible that a federal system still has a chance to work out well for everybody, but the clock is ticking.

Update: some southern protesters withdraw from al Tagheer Square still feeling like second class citizens and Nasser al Kabjee says:

“the commander of Military Region East announced its support for the revolution, but did not release the prisoners of our people in the Hadramaut and Mahara, as well as the Brigade Commander, 135 Armored in Dali’s Task Force First Armored declared by its leader, same thing.”

He also added: “We did not find even in the arena of change calls for the release of detainees, the South’s more than (1465) detention, in particular the militant great good Baom President of the Supreme Council of the Southern Movement, and this shows that dealing with the people of the south has not changed.”

The Taj letter:

There is no doubt that you are following the course of events in the Republic of Yemen accelerated in the light of the latest osculation of events and what can be the outcome of the significant occurrence we would like to assure you of our firm position on what is happening out in the interest of our people in South Arabia, who have suffered much since July 7, 1994 and endorsements by the injustices and marginalization and the confiscation of their rights in freedom and dignity. And whether the toppling of the regime in Sana’a, the entire image or make changes within the system it self, we affirm the following:

1 – after having made great sacrifices of our people over the four years since the peaceful revolution of South 7-72007, the independence and the restoration of Southern identity has become a strategic objective for our people and we will not accept to bargain under any circumstances. (Read on …)

General Nasser al Nuba head of the Military Retired reiterates demand for independent southern state

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:12 am on Monday, March 14, 2011

He also accused the state of manipulating the JMP and the protests in Aden to to undermine the peaceful movement for the liberation of the south or whatever its name is. Personally I dont agree with him but its important to know what people are thinking. Nuba began the southern protest movement May 7, 2007 and has been unwavering since.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

بيان سياسي
تأييد و دعم ثورات شعوب : تونس . . مصر . . ليبيا

بعد متابعة مستفيضة لثورات الأشقاء الشعب التونسي الشقيق وشعب مصر
الشقيق وشعب ليبيا الشقيق , وبعد النجاحات الكبيرة التي تحققت لهم في
إزالة وإسقاط أعتى
أنظمة تمارس القتل والقمع والفساد ضد الشعوب العربية فأنه لا يسعنا ألا
أن نزف لكل تلك الشعوب أسمى آيات التهاني و التبريكات وذلك بمناسبة هذه
الانتصارات العظيمه التي حققوها
متمنين لهم جميعاً كل التقدم والنجاح والإزدهار وبناء أنظمة ديمقراطية
تقوم بواجبها الوطني تجاه هذه الشعوب وتحقيق أمالها وطموحاتها .
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General Nasser al Nuba statement of no confidence in dialog, JMP, YSP

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 9:37 am on Thursday, February 24, 2011

General Nuba expresses an extreme lack of confidence in the Saleh regime, the opposition party alliance (the JMP) and the YSP which ruled the south during the days of the PDRY. He considers the current talk of dialog trickery to undermine the momentum the southern independence movement gained through the years. He notes the last years as hundreds of peaceful protesters where gunned down by Yemeni security forces and urges those deaths not go in vain. (Read on …)

Mukallah, Hadramout: 5 injured, 20 arrested, possible death

Filed under: Hadramout, Security Forces, South Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 9:40 am on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Note 2/24: report of possible fatality at this protest is revised to head shot and unconscious, one student was shot in the leg among other injuries.

An eye witness report collected by a reliable source, working on secondary confirmation. Update: second report below describing widespread protests in Hadramout with serious injuries, and third report of security firing on medical workers in southern provinces. al Masdar also reporting protests and live fire with injuries in Mukallah, Hadramout. Update: Kenda, the female activist in Hodeidah whose arrest I wrote about here remains in jail. Also, many resignations from the ruling GPC, seven MP’s and others.

Many major city in south are protesting. Today in Mukalla (Hadramout) high school students protested in morning. It was peaceful. Later Central Security forces attacked the students and were shooting live bullets. An eye witness reported that more than 20 were arrested and 5 injured. Two students are in serious condition. Later Central Security forces along with thugs of the regime were breaking shops and cars and stoning peaceful protesters in Mukalla.

Yesterday woman was knocked over by police car. One teenage died in Mukalla from gunshot wounds. The eye witness also reported injuries and live bullets were shot towards protesters. The teenagers burnt a police car and blocked roads after news of the fatality spread.

These protesters were not south movement. Please be informed that the students were protesting against regime and asking for it to step down.

Update: Also Hodeidah via al Masdar Online paraphrase Dozens of security men in civilian clothing attacked dozens of protestors in front of People’s Park in Hodeidah Governorate. Protesters were in favor of dropping the system (the Saleh government) on Wednesday. More than 10 protesters were wounded in the attack of the “bullies”, and they used batons to disperse the protestors who refused to leave the place.

Hadramout email update: Students of primary and secondary schools came out today in demonstrations and rallies demanding to bring down the system in the whole city of Hadramout and other cities in the south. The Central Security Forces used live bullets and batons to disperse them and until now cars of the security and police including armored vehicles are deployed in the streets and neighborhoods. The security forces have opened fire on ambulance crews to prevent them from doing their humanitarian duty particularly in Aden and Hadramout and the whole southern provinces. .

Yemen: AI appeal for Hassan Baoum, southern leader

Filed under: Aden, Judicial, South Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:55 am on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Baoum’s three prior arrests caused a palpable uptick in frustration and tension in the south, leading to more popular protests, and more arbitrary arrests.


Hassan Ba’oom, a leader of a political opposition group in southern Yemen, has been held incommunicado detention since 20 February. Amnesty International fears for his health and is concerned that he may be held solely for the peaceful expression of his right to freedom of expression and therefore be a prisoner of conscience. (Read on …)

Aden Yemen: security shoots at persons trying to retrieve wounded

Filed under: South Yemen, photos/gifs, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:06 am on Monday, February 21, 2011

One confirmed dead in Khormaksar on Sunday.

Ali Saleh can’t keep track of his lies already. Last week he said he wasn’t going to run for president again (which he said prior to the last 2 elections he won) and this week he says: SMH: “If they want me to quit, I will only leave through the ballot box,” Saleh told a news conference as the protesters, including opposition MPs, gathered outside Sanaa University.

Also not to be outdone by Saif al Islam’s dozy of a speech last time in Libya, President Saleh says, “This is a virus and is not part of our heritage or the culture of the Yemeni people,” he told reporters. “It’s a virus that came from Tunisia to Egypt. And to some regions, the scent of the fever is like influenza. As soon as you sit with someone who is infected, you’ll be infected.”

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 …)

Yemen arrests Hassan Baoum in Aden, again & updates

Filed under: Aden, South Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 10:00 am on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 10: other developments; Al Tagheer: Taiz: police, professors join protest, more women, GPC local council officials resign

SIFY: Aden resident kills policeman? Protester? We don’t know. – There was no protest in all Aden’s districts today, but in Khour Maksar district, around 10 protesters armed with rifles gunned down a police officer while he was standing near a police patrol car. The gunmen disappeared in the neighbourhood,’ a police officer said. Same link: 1500 in Ibb but its not the first protest.

Sanaa: Al Masdar: protesters control the University square and are setting up tents. Saleh holds big conference and blames foreign influences.A vid of the shooting in Sanaa yesterday is on FB. I didn’t count but it was about a dozen shots randomly fired into the crowd.

Yemen police arrest southern opposition leader: son (AFP) : ADEN, Yemen — Yemeni police arrested the main southern opposition leader, Hassan Baoum, on Sunday, shortly after he arrived in the regional capital Aden to take part in an anti-government protest, his son said. Baoum was arrested along with his son Fawaz at the Naqib hospital after he had undergone some medical tests, another son said.

He said that Baoum arrived in the port city from nearby Lahij earlier in the day with the intention of joining the protest. Police have killed 10 people in Aden in the past week, according to an AFP tally, as they resorted to gunfire to disperse frequent protests against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
(Read on …)

Ali Nasser Mohammed and Haider al-Attas issue statement

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:41 am on Friday, February 18, 2011

They note over 300 killed in southern Yemen and thousands injured since 2007 (true) , condemn violence in Sanaa and Taiz and urge the international community to restrain the murderous thug. On a national level, their support is as polarizing as the al Ahmar boys recent statements and unlikely to encourage national consensus. But they do endorse a unified uprising. Update: English write up

Yemen Post: Southern politicians living in exile attacked on Saturday the Saleh regime, saying it is inciting violence and hiring bullies to attack anti-government protesters killing and injuring many of them in several cities. (Read on …)

Huge development: new southern goal-ousting Saleh

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:18 pm on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Check back for updates on this post as I get reactions.

For years the southerners have been protesting for secession from the unified state of Yemen and were seeking an internationally supervised referendum on the question. Today they (al Harak) decided that the ouster of Saleh would also achieve their goal of justice and they joined with the northern mobility movement. The importance of this shift can not be overstated. The following statement from Al Hirak defines the ouster of Saleh as a shared goal with the northern mobility and seeks to form a unified movement. The Houthis already announced they share the goal of the protesters. Maybe the JMP and the National Dialog Committee might catch up by next week. (There’s many factions of the southern movement, if I have a chance, I’ll see if they are all in agreement.)

Update: Baoum’s statement is a no go. He wishes the protesters in Sanaa well and asks the youth to mobilize through the secessionist structure in place against the occupatation forces. But they went out today in Aden well before the scheduled time and spontaneously.

دعا عدد من الناشطين السياسيين في الحراك السلمي الجنوبي والأكاديميين والمثقفين والعسكريين في محافظة عدن الى ضرورة تصويب الإختلالات التي يعيشها الحراك الجنوبي وبشكل عاجل وتفعيل الثورة الشبابية في عواصم المحافظات الجنوبية آخذين …في الاعتبار عدن وحضرموت بأن تكون على صدارة الخروج الجماهيري إلى الشارع وهو النموذج الذي آتى (Read on …)

Yemen police open fire on demonstrators in Aden, Kohrmakser

Filed under: Aden, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:43 pm on Friday, February 11, 2011

Update: 10 pm Yemen time (1/2 hour ago) police drag wounded protester, Ali Naasra lkadhi, from hospital to jail. He was shot during protest today in Mansoura, Aden. the Situation is tense in Sanaa where police surrounded a spontaneous pro-Egypt demonstration that turned against Saleh and in Aden (Crater) where youths are still on the streets burning tires. In both locations, reports indicate that police are firing live rounds over people’s heads.

One dead. And I dont know where the Wall Street Journal got its information but none of the protests in the South today were against Mubarak. They were for independence and against Saleh. I checked. They are saying, “Ali Saleh get out of the South.” Update: Police surrounded the Hyasaad in Khormaksar and are currently shooting at the protesters with live rounds. I hate when people are getting killed real time. If it remains one dead, it will be a miracle.

Youtube link here.

Yemen Post: Protests held in southern provinces

Thousands of protesters in Aden, Abyan, and Dhale provinces took to the streets in huge rallies after a call for the Day of Rage to be held in southern provinces on Friday.
In the rally in which several Southern Movements’ followers chanted anti-government slogans, protesters carried photos of the main leader of Southern Movement, Ali Salem Al-Beith, who is currently in exile. Protesters also carried the flag of the former southern republic.
In Abyan and Dhale provinces protesters took to the streets in rallies peacefully.
In Mansora, Aden, several protesters were arrested by the security forces in which tear gas and gun fire were used to disperse the protesters. No further details were reported.
Hassan Baoum, Southern Movement’s leader, and tens of youths belonging to the Southern Movement called for the Day of Rage to be held on Friday.
Last week, military reinforcements deployed to Aden and other provinces in an attempt to stop protesters from holding anti-government demonstrations.

Collective guilt and collective punishment in Yemen: shelling Radfan

Filed under: Military, Security Forces, South Yemen, Tribes, al Dhalie — by Jane Novak at 8:54 am on Friday, February 4, 2011

Short version: somebody took some shots at an army patrol in Radfan, al Dhalie, and the state randomly shelled the town, probably with mortars. In essence, the state is assigning guilt and punishing to the whole town for the actions of individuals, heightening unrest. The Saleh regime’s tribal norms are an underpinning in its dealings with citizens. Tribalism isn’t bad, in fact a sense of shared identity and duty is probably whats keeping a lot of people from starving to death today. But when the state assigns collective guilt and other tribal tenets here in 2011, it runs counter to the modern sense of justice.

During the Saada Wars, the motivation for cutting food supplies to Bani Hushaish and other towns was to encourage people to hand in Houthi rebels, one official stated openly, but it had the opposite effect. Throughout Yemen, family members are taken hostage in lieu of a person wanted by security forces and can remain in prison for months or years. The northern Yemeni Arab Republic evolved from the Immamate, a theocracy that depended on the tribes as enforcers. The British colonized Aden in the 19th century and, although the concept of protectorates reinforced tribal authority and paternalism, the PDRY to a degree replaced tribal norms with individualism. One constant refrain of southerners is that the unified state dragged the south back into tribalism and after unification, the state appointed tribal sheiks based on their loyalty to Saleh himself.

Yemen Post: At least three civilians were injured, one seriously, when the army shelled Radfan town, Lahj, on Wednesday.

A medical source at the Radfan Hospital was quoted by the News Yemen as saying that the three pedestrians were injured and taken to hospital after the forces randomly shelled the town following firing on a military vehicle by unknown armed people.

One of the victims had his hand cut off and another was wounded by shrapnel in different parts of his body, the website said.

Also, tens of houses were damaged and families are continuing to flee the town due to the deteriorating situation amid an acute fuel shortage and lack of phone services.

Military reinforcements have been deployed to Radfan in recent months to fight separatist militants who have stepped up their attacks, targeting military posts and public properties.

Lahj is one of the southern cities hit by violence where the separatist movement, Al-Harak, continues the anti-government protests that usually turn violent.

Report on state killings in South Yemen 2009-2011

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:01 pm on Thursday, February 3, 2011

warning bloody photos, 39 pages: names, locations, dates, follow-ups on earlier monthly reports, includes security forces and soldiers killed in same time frame


ARABIC here:

Saleh’s next geo-political disaster: Sudan vote for separation 99%

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:34 pm on Sunday, January 30, 2011

And the results are in. From the Telegraph: “Official results from Sudan’s recent separation poll showed more than 99 per cent voted to split the south of Africa’s largest country from its north.”

Southern Yemenis have long asked for an internationally supervised referendum on unity, claiming Saleh’s northern forces imposed unity by military force in 1994, contravening UN resolutions 931 and 928. The Sudanese example is going hearten the southern movement and provide a paradigm for the legitimacy of their demands for international oversight. Its unclear however that the separatists would win in a fair vote considering they have made very little progress in unifying various factions or developing egalitarian and inclusive mechanisms of leadership.

Ongoing protests in South Yemen continue to get no international attention

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:55 am on Saturday, January 29, 2011

There’s government shelling, demonstrations, arrests and clashes weekly. While the government blocks reporting on the events, or tries to call it counter-terror, the southern independence movement has been demonstrating weekly and hundreds of protesters have been shot and killed by police since 2007. While the US has urged Egypt not to open fire on its own citizens, there has been very little condemnation of Yemen’s actions whether war crimes in the north or crimes in the south. President Obama calls southern unrest an internal affair. In a leaked cable, former US Ambassador Seche called “claims of disregard for local populations,” and in particular the southerners, “overblown.” A comment on this post, Video of South Yemen:

Unity is as well and fine, if everyone is treated the same, but when people of the Shimaal get all the government jobs, their towns are being developed while the South (Gunoob) is being ignored and robbed of it’s natural resources, when the people of the Shimaal come down and buy homes and lands of the Gunoob while the people born and raised their cannot afford even to rent, then only a fool will insist on “Unity”. If a cruel father treats one son good and one son as second class citizen, then when that son grows up to be a man he has to leave that household and make a better life on his own, the same way that the Gunoob has to leave that disfunctional family and make a better life for it’s people. Yes the crazy dad and well treated son will say, ” no you can’t leave we are a family” so the Gunoobi will say you keep your family, I will go and make a better family, Inshallah.

A new dispatch from the Yemeni-American Anti-Terrorism Center but I didn’t post the pictures of spilled intestines and shattered heads:

YAATC: To Community-based organizations and human rights bodies, Newspapers, agencies and media outlets, Diplomatic missions and legislative councils, In the world .. After greeting:ابو صقر الحضرمي-YAATC
We the people of the South yemen under occupation of military and brutal regime of North Yemen we Resort to you with this urgent appeal and distress call to all the forces that sponsor rights and civil liberties and all those who love peace and security, individuals and bodies.

to Take the initiative to help us to overcome the blockage and restraining of Events and Freedoms and human rights communities imposed by Dictatorship authorities for Freedom of expression and transmission of the truth to the world what Exposed to the cities and the southern areas of repression and human massacres even war crimes and genocide without discrimination Which have a terrible images of the victims among children and women, youth and Elderly,Those dictatorship authorities are keen to prevent it to the international community (Read on …)

Names of 81 protesters arrested in Hadramout, jailed in Mukallah under risk of torture

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Hadramout, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:57 am on Monday, January 24, 2011

Also in Hadramout, editor Fuad Rashid was released again after being arrested again and held for 11 days. More on Hadramout protests here. Following is a listing of southern protesters in Hadramout jail without charge; many have been tortured and denied medical care:

هذا ولازالت أسماء كثيرة من أبناء الجنوب في سجون حضرموت لانعرف عنهم شيئاً وعدد كبير منهم تعرض للضرب والشتم والتعذيب والكثير منهم في حالة صحية

صعبة وترفض الأجهزة الأمنية بالمحافظة نقلهم للمستشفيات وجميعهم معتقلين خارج القانون .

1 صبري سالمين بن حطيان سجن أمن مديرية المكلا

2 محمد سعيد سويدان سجن أمن مديرية المكلا

3 عارف سالمين بازرعة سجن أمن مديرية المكلا
(Read on …)

Clashes in South Yemen

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:24 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2011

Troops, protesters clash in south Yemen: witnesses

ADEN (AFP) — A second night of clashes and gunbattles between the army and protesters in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden left seven people wounded, three of them soldiers, witnesses and officials said. (Read on …)

Tariq al Fahdli disses exiled southern leaders and burns US, PDRY and Yemeni flags

Filed under: Abyan, Diplomacy, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:20 am on Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tariq al Fahdli striving for relevance again. Update: an interview here at Yemen Today, and he really does sound sick of everybody, calling the exiled southern leaders idols and dinosaurs.

Yemeni former Jihadist burns US flag and ‘dinosaurs’ pictures
By Nasser Arrabyee/20/01/2011
: A controversial Yemeni politician from the south set fire on Wednesday to the American and Yemeni flags and picture of President Saleh, and pictures of the exiled socialist leaders, accusing all those of conspiring against the south.

The feudal lord, and former Jihadist with Osama bin Laden, Sheikh Tarek Al Fadhli said he would lead a revolution to liberate the south from the communists who ruled before unity and also from the “occupiers” of the north as call them. (Read on …)

Three wounded in government shelling of al Habilyan

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Lahj, Military, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:51 am on Thursday, January 20, 2011

Article date Jan 15

al Teef: شبكة الطيف – الحبيلين – خاص Network Spectrum – Habilayn – special
تعرضت اليوم مدينة الحبيلين بمحافظة لحج الجنوبية للضرب العنيف الذي لم تشهده منذ بداية الاحتجاجات ، حيث اندلعت الاشتباكات عند الساعة العاشرة صباح اليوم مستمرة ومنقطعة بين الحين والاخر حتى بعد ظهر اليوم ليتجدد القصف العشوائي على المدينة من كل الاتجاهات مشاركة القطاعين الشرقي والغربي والقوات الزاحفة التي تطلق مدفعيتها باتجاه المدينة . Was today the city of Habilayn province pilgrimage south to severe beatings, which has not witnessed since the beginning of the protests, where clashes broke out at ten o’clock this morning a continuous and uninterrupted from time to time until this afternoon to renewed shelling of the city from all directions participation of both the east and west, troops marching by firing artillery the direction of the city.

وقالت مصادر محلية ” لـ ” شبكة الطيف ” ان القذائف اصابة عدت مناطق منها حبيل جبر ( الربوة – الثمير – ) كما تعرضت الحبيلين هي الى Local sources said “for” network spectrum, “promised that the missiles hit areas, including Hubail Gabr (Knoll – Imir -) are also exposed to Habilayn
اعنف الضربات المستمرة والمتواصلة حتى كتابة هذه الخبر . Violence continued strikes and continued until writing this story.

وقد اصيب ثلاثة من المواطنون بجروح احدهم اصابته خطيرة نقل على اثرها الى مستشفى المدينة ثم الى عدن لخطورة اصابته في مؤخرة الراس والمواطن يدعى ” محمد صالح باصبرين ” ، والاثنين الاخرين هما ” محمد مهدي ” وسعيد سعد ” The three citizens were wounded, one seriously injured and was taken to a hospital in the city of Aden and then to the seriousness of the injury in the back of the head and the citizen is named “Mohammed Saleh Basberin”, and the other two are “Mohammad Mehdi”, Said Saad ”

Yemeni army storms al-Habilain, Lahj

Filed under: Lahj, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:24 pm on Saturday, January 15, 2011

Yemeni army storms al-Habilain, by Abdullah al-Qubati, for Yemenat

Sana’a-Military troops stormed al-Habilain city of Lahj province, southern of Yemen, after fierce clashes with gunmen.

Witnesses said sporadic clashes are still underway within the town’s streets.

Heavy artillery shells launched Saturday morning by the army on al-Habilain as a number of armed residents were trying to prevent the army from entering the city, injuring at least 4 gunmen and 2 soldiers.

According to local sources, the population of displaced outside the town, while traffic stopped completely and phones cut off to and around the town.

Dozens of families fled the town over the past two days to nearby areas in anticipation of a raid. A tight siege was imposed on al-Habilain outskirts by military for a week.

Al-Habilain of Radfan directorates have been experiencing continues protests by the Southern Movement since 2007.

Hundreds of the Sothern Movement’s supporters demonstrated for third day in a row Saturday in the closest city of al-Dhalia protesting on Radfan’s bombing and blockade.

In the southern province of Hadramout, dozens of protesters went in angry demonstrations Saturday in public streets of al-Mukalla and al-Shahr cities.

Clashes occurred between the protestors and security forces, which tried to disperse them, injured 2 civilians. Security arrested about 6 of protesters.

String of protests have been inflaming in many areas of Hadramout since last Thursday when a woman was crushed to death by a military patrol in al-Mukalla, the second largest city in the South.

TAJ names 144 detainees in South Yemen including Zahra Saleh

Filed under: Civil Unrest, South Yemen, prisons — by Jane Novak at 10:22 am on Saturday, January 15, 2011

TAJ issued an appeal to the international rights organizations for the release of 144 detainees as follows, however in the interim, the child Moatz was released. Female activist Zahra Saleh had been detained incommunicado since 11/08/10 and z was released 1/11/11.

We would like to extend to you the most warm greetings and congratulations on the occasion of the new year 2011 we hope to be a good year and peaceful for all mankind. At the same time, we remind you of what our people in the South Arabia ( south Yemen ) have suffered, during the past years, under the occupation of Yemen for nearly 16 years. During this period, the people suffering led to that, they lost the feeling in the true sense of the life of being free, or dignified. Beside that the Yemeni authorities practiced the looting, and all kinds of oppression and violence, which led to the killing of more than 311 people and more than 900 injured, chased and persecution of political activists and the arrest of thousands during the peaceful struggle since 7-7-2007, and still a lot of them in the camps and some of them suffering from chronic diseases which threatened their lives because of deliberate medical negligence by the authority of Sana’a. (Read on …)

The southern view of Secretary Clinton’s visit to Yemen

Filed under: South Yemen, guest posts — by Jane Novak at 9:47 am on Saturday, January 15, 2011

I used to publish more reader mail, but those idiots always try to find my sources and invariably arrest and beat up the wrong people. The following is a rather succinct expression of the southerners bewilderment over the international community’s studied silence on the four years of continued protests in south Yemen (Arabia as they say) and the brutal crimes against unarmed protesters, activists, journalists and civilians on the street while the world’s attention is galvanized by events in Tunisia over the last four weeks.

Good evening

America and the world leader of the free world lie in democracy and justice through the official silence on what is happening in South Arabia and the blessing of what forces are doing in favor of the South.

I do not know why the Americans and the West and the public ignores what is happening in South Arabia of killing, displacement and firing on the demonstrators and the use of violence and the bombing of villages and communities?

Why are the Arab and Western media together interested in what is happening in Tunisia for more than four weeks but does not care what is happening to us southerners in the South through four years ago?

Is it the interests of Americans to believe that or is it a game of rulers and says the North’s Lobby of the notion that the war in the south is against al-Qaeda, and everyone knows that Al Qaeda is a creation of the Republican Palace?

Is the Southern Command abroad who do not do only what he says, her representative office and British intelligence in America, there is not one not aware of what is going on but does not move a muscle.

Dear Jane
Yesterday, a car ran over a woman in the Yemeni army in Hadramout during a peaceful demonstration in Mukalla, the world did not move a finger, and while in Tunisia, the world was turned upside down.

Ask you about the reason for what is going on? And how to get rid of this ignorance and the absence of the truth? It is the beneficiary of what is happening in the Arab occupied our doorstep?

Bonds that we are in South Arabia – all of us – our own hands take charge of things and all the options open to us and we will take the necessary action and only then will we know who stands against us and those who stand with the justice of our cause and the day of reckoning will be difficult and very difficult

Be well always

Baoum resigns from Yemeni Socialist Party, issues fiat and deadline to followers (?)

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:29 am on Saturday, January 15, 2011

And follow up reports indicate that southern leaders are resigning from the YSP.

Lahj News: Ba’oum announce his resignation from the Socialist and gives his supporters a month to confirm the resignation of the guardianship of young
الثلاثاء, 11-يناير-2011 Tuesday, 11 – January -2011 (Read on …)

The Rise of North Yemeni Islamism in Birmingham, U.K.

Filed under: Education, Religious, South Yemen, UK, Yemen, other jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:03 pm on Monday, January 10, 2011

Nu’man Abd al-Wahid: The Rise of North Yemeni Islamism in Birmingham, U.K.
Published by Diane Warth on 30 November 2010

by Nu’man Abd al-Wahid

One of the reasons generally given for the rise of extreme Islamism is the Arab defeat at the hands of Israel in 1967 in the six day war.

It is theorised that, from this defeat (or Naksa as the Arabs refer to it), loomed the beginning of the end of Arab Nationalism and other, largely secular ideologies, which had hitherto led the struggle to liberate the Middle East from western domination and zionist colonialism. This defeat created the vacuum political Islamism has supposedly filled since. (Read on …)

Violence and tension in South Yemen, shelling and phones cut

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:51 pm on Sunday, January 9, 2011 publishes updates on events in south Yemen on their English page. Cutting the mobile service is often a prelude to a major offensive, in this case against the independence movement. As usual, the heavy handed approach triggers more protests and on we go:

Aden NA: Military jets flew over the districts of Radfan in the southern province of Lahej, on Sunday, after nearly a month of military reinforcements took control over the district of al-Melah, attempting to break in the Habilayn city, the major city of Radfan and the major stronghold of the Southern Movement. (Read on …)

12 soldiers killed in Lauder Yemen, second attack targets commander

Filed under: 3 security, Abyan, Military, South Yemen, Yemen, attacks — by Jane Novak at 5:35 pm on Saturday, January 8, 2011

These attacks demonstrate the lack of capacity in the military (a function of patronage and nepotism) and portend the difficulties in establishing and securing the proposed four forward operating bases and their supply chains.

Yemen Post: A military commander was injured and one of his guards was killed and three others seriously injured in a suspected Al-Qaeda ambush, the second on Friday targeting military convoys in south Yemen, an official source said. (Read on …)

Al Kurdi declares willingness to murder southern protesters in the name of unity

Filed under: South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 2:37 pm on Monday, January 3, 2011

Ali Al Kurdi was appointed the head of the unity brigades in Aden by President Saleh. Al Kurdi has been in and out of jail on terrorism charges. Al Kurdi, an Afghan Arab, announced that his group is ready to engage in suicide bombings against those who agitate against unity and/or oppose President Saleh. He denied receiving funding from the state and that al Qaeda exists in Yemen, calling it a US ploy. The following is a google translation.

Marib Press
He told (Marib Press) that he supported the survival benefit of president for life
Chief of Defence of the unit in Aden: ready to carry out martyrdom operations against militants in the southern movement
الأحد 02 January to January, 2011 at 19:00 / Adan – Marib Press – Abdul Rahman Anis:

Expressed on the Kurdish leader of the so-called “People’s Organization for Defending unity” in Aden governorate, the willingness to implement what he described as “martyrdom operations” against the activists of the southern movement. (Read on …)

Southern activist, Zahra Salih, jailed incommunicado since Nov. 8 in Yemen

Filed under: Aden, Civil Rights, Donors, UN, Judicial, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:43 pm on Friday, December 17, 2010

Amnesty International statement on behalf of Zahra Salih follows. God help her. She certainly is at risk of torture or ill treatment.

FEMALE activist detained incommunicado

Zahra Salih, an activist in the Southern Movement in Yemen, has been held incommunicado since 8 November. She is at risk of being tortured or suffering other ill-treatment. Amnesty International is concerned that she may be held solely for the peaceful expression of her right to freedom of expression and assembly, and therefore may be a prisoner of conscience.

Zahra Salih, aged 39, was arrested by security force members on 8 November in Aden, southern Yemen, while she was in a car on her way to a hotel. She has since been detained without access to a lawyer or her family. She is believed to be held at the Criminal Investigation Unit in Aden. (Read on …)

Protest in Al-Hablilyn, South Yemen, Followed by Clashes, 3 Dead

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:45 pm on Thursday, December 16, 2010

Aden News Agency: The protest was launched on a main road that links the Yemeni capital (Sana’a) with Aden, the largest city of the south of Yemen, while protesters raised flags of the former South Yemen, and chanted slogans against Yemen’s unity and others support the Southern Movement demands.

It was noticeable that none of the Southern Movement leaders attended the protest except Khsim Othman al-Da’ari, while no statement was released in the protest.

A number of Southern Movement leaders have expressed concern that the political disputes among the leadership of the Supreme Council of the Peaceful Movement, the most widespread faction of the Southern Movement, would shadow over the protests of the movement, which the higher bodies of the Council witness unprecedented split begun to threaten the Council to be divided into three groups, each claiming legitimacy in representing the Supreme Council.

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Yemen: Southern independence leader Hassan Baoum still in jail despite reports

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:23 am on Thursday, December 16, 2010

It seems they planned to release Mr. Baoum but he refused to sign the pledge to refrain from political activity. He is an ill man and recently returned from China where he had medical treatment.

Key south Yemen opposition leader still held: son

ADEN, Dec 16, 2010 (AFP) The main leader in Yemen of the southern opposition movement whose release was announced last week is still in detention, one of his sons told AFP on Thursday. (Read on …)

Amnesty protests incommunicado detention of Hassan Baoum

Filed under: Civil Rights, South Yemen, Targeting, prisons — by Jane Novak at 9:32 pm on Friday, December 3, 2010

A leader of a political opposition group in southern Yemen has been held in incommunicado detention since 9 November. Amnesty International fears for Hassan Ba’oom’s health and is concerned that he may be held solely for the peaceful expression of his right to freedom of expression and therefore a prisoner of conscience. (Read on …)

South Yemen: Protests in Radfan, Lauder, Shabwa and Hadramout

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Hadramout, Lahj, South Yemen, political violence, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 12:06 pm on Thursday, December 2, 2010

The widespread civil unrest was triggered by multiple arrests, see list of 90 in Aden below. The most high profile detainee currently is Hassan Baoum, who returned from China several months ago to great celebrations. A general strike was held in Mukallah. From Aden News Agency:

Several protests were organized in southern Yemen by the Southern Movement on the Southern Prisoner’s Day that is staged on Thursdays to demand the release of Southern Movement leaders and activists in local jails and others in the Yemeni capital (Sana’a.) (Read on …)

TAJ (London) appeals for 90 activists detained in Aden

Filed under: Aden, Civil Rights, Judicial, South Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:08 pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ), appeal to all the countries of the free world, the Arab League, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the UN Security Council and all international and humanitarian organizations concerned with human rights to act urgently against the practice of the Yemeni Authority and the siege imposed on cities and villages of South Arabia, and especially in the Capital Aden.
(Read on …)

Suicide bomber in Aden kills self, wounds two, Yemen Denies

Filed under: Aden, South Yemen, attacks, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 6:21 pm on Sunday, November 28, 2010

The state of Yemen is denying this incident occurred.

Fears Reemerge as Blast Pulverizes Terrorist Body into Pieces in South
Yemen Post: A terrorist was killed and two others including a taxi driver were injured when the terrorist exploded before he could put an explosive device at a police station in Yemen’s business capital of Aden. An independent source said the terrorist took a taxi early on Sunday morning, about 1:00 am, and headed carrying the bomb to the Al-Mimdara police station. (Read on …)

Yemen arrests three year old Sabri Suhaibi in Habilayn, spurring protests which trigger bombing, Update: baby released from jail

Filed under: Children, Civil Rights, Lahj, South Yemen, War Crimes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:58 pm on Saturday, November 27, 2010

Update: the baby was released from prison after 24 hours. Prison conditions in Yemen are truly horrific. Another young detainee is 15 year old Moataz Alasiaii.


Sabri Ahmed Mohsen Suhaibi, three years old, was arrested along with his father on Saturday in the city of Habilayn, Lahj. Aden FM reports his fifty year old father pleaded, “Take me and leave him.”

Local reports indicate “Habilayn was bombed with light and heavy weapons and aircraft flying in the sky of the city today after a protest against the arrest of one of the citizens named Mohsen Suhaibi, a citizen 50 years and his son, child 3 years old. Mohsen Suhaibi does not recognize the authority of the occupation regime.”

For God’s sake, get this child out of jail. Furthermore, it was a perfectly legitimate protest. Who wouldn’t protest the arrest of a three year old? And in response to the demonstration, the military attacks the city, instead of releasing the kid. Next they will call him al Qaeda. Beyond the immorality and inhumanity of arresting a child to torture the parent, the act is surely against international law.

Update: The Yemen Post reports on the arrests and ensuing clashes:

Fierce clashes erupted between the military camp stationing in downtown Al-Habilain in Lahj Province and gunmen in which light and medium weapons were used…The fighting started after soldiers arrested a separatist activist, Muhsen Al-Suhaibi, 43, from Yafi’a, the sources said, adding that the arrest took place while on his way back after he drove his kids to school.

Also lets take a look at this, the PSO torturing imprisoned democracy activists with electric batons in Hadramout:


Local sources said on Friday that the Yemeni occupation forces proceeded to torture ثلاثة من نشطاء الحراك الجنوبي السلمي في وادي حضرموت خلال احتجازهم Three of the southern movement of peaceful activists in Wadi Hadhramaut during their detention بسجن الامن السياسي بسيؤن. Political Security Prison Bsiwn. (Read on …)

Good Luck to Yemen’s Soccer Team in the Gulf 20! Update: Watch streaming live, Update 2, Dang it! 0-4

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Civil Society, GCC, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:10 pm on Sunday, November 21, 2010

Update: a good game but they lost!!! They play again Thursday same time. Original: Yemen playing Saudi Arabia in the opening game today, 7:30 pm Aden time, 11: 30 am EST, Watch the pre-game show and the game live, streaming now at or, if that goes down, click here.


(Read on …)

Security forces arrest Hassan Baoum, Update: Protests in Dhalie and Radfan

Filed under: Civil Unrest, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:13 pm on Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Southern Movement leader Hassan Baoum was traveling from Dhalie to Aden when he was arrested along with his son. He had met with other southern leaders, including Tariq al Fahdli in Abyan and the family of Marwan Darwish who was killed in prison and I think he was planning to meet Nasser al Nuba. Baoum is ill and recently returned from China where he received medical treatement. The Southern Movement promises protests, and the incident is certain to escalate tensions. Update: More on the protests below. Its odd the state chose this timing, prior to the Gulf 20, to escalate tensions and provoke civil unrest.

Change – Dali – Ali Naji : : al Tagheer

اعتقل جنود مرابطون في نقطة رأس النقيب الربض جنوب مدينة الضالع قبل نصف ساعة من الآن القيادي في الحراك الجنوبي حسن باعوم و ابنه فواز وحسين زيد بن يحيى ، و ذلك عندما أراد دخول الضالع قادما من مدينة عدن . Soldiers stationed at the point of Captain Rabd head south of the city of Dali by half an hour from now leader of the southern movement Baom Hassan and his son, Hussein Fawaz Yahya bin Zaid, and when he wanted to go to Dali from the city of Aden.

وكان حسن باعوم قد عاد Hassan was Baom has returned ظهر اليوم من حضرموت ثم أجرى زيارة إلى أبين ، التقى خلالها بالشيخ طارق الفضلي ثم توجه إلى مدينة عدن ، حيث زار مخيم الدرويش الذي تتهم أسرته الأمن بقتله في سجن البحث الجنائي Afternoon of Hadramout and then conducted a visit to the show, during which he met with Sheikh Tareq al-Fadhli and then went to the city of Aden, where he visited the camp Darwish, who accuses his family security prison to kill him in CID في يوليو الماضي . Last July. (Read on …)

303 protesters killed in South Yemen since 2007: TAJ

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Unrest, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:20 am on Monday, November 8, 2010

Appealing to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations

copy to: Amnesty International, International Organization for Human Rights, Arab Organization for Human Rights, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, International Committee of the Red Cross

We are in the Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ) pleased to extend to your good foundation our warm regards and congratulations for your meeting in Switzerland to discuss the violations of human rights in various countries and wish you success for this great work, and excellent efforts to save the human and rights.

The human rights violations, in some countries becoming more and more part of daily life and throughout the year and one of the worst example of this violations is in Yemen.

Since the beginning of the peaceful movement in the south, which demands independence, and the departure of the Yemeni occupation from the south, the Yemeni occupation forces use live ammunition against the civilians of South Arabia (south yemen), in the Capital Aden, and in the other provinces. As a result of using unjustified force, and extreme violence, within the last three years, they killed more than 303 martyrs, hundreds wounded, thousands of detainees who is still some of them in prisons until today. (Read on …)

Urgent appeal: Freedom for one of the smallest political prisoners in the world

Filed under: Aden, Children, Civil Rights, Judicial, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:55 pm on Thursday, November 4, 2010


Aden Gulf Net: Urgent appeal: Freedom for the smallest political prisoner in the world

To all activists in the field of human rights,
To all human rights organizations in Yemen, the Arab countries and world wide,
Herewith I would like to inform you about one of many cases of human rights violations that the people of South Yemen are exposed to. We consider this case as a major violation of the human rights of a 14 year old child. It is a case of a young boy called Moataz Al-Essawi who was arrested on October 13th 2010 on his way from Aden to the province of Radfan to participate in a festival organized and hosted by the Peaceful Southern Movement. (Read on …)

Human Rights Violations in South Yemen

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:30 am on Thursday, November 4, 2010

Download a pdf copy but be forewarned there are graphic photos as always of the victims of the state’s violence. Arabic.

Yemen Evicts 400 Southern Students Prior to Gulf 20 in Aden

Filed under: Aden, Education, South Yemen, al Dhalie — by Jane Novak at 7:49 am on Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Amnesty International issued a report today on its top human rights concerns in Yemen as 400 Yemeni students issued an urgent appeal because they are being evicted from student housing until the conclusion of the Gulf 20 in Aden.

An urgent appeal from the 400 students from South Yemen to human rights organizations, Arab and international humanitarian

Hundreds of students in this southern Yemen on Sunday October 31, 2010 sent a letter of appeal wherein they raised an urgent SOS to the public and to all human rights organizations, Arab, international and humanitarian to protect them from criminal acts, and arbitrary law as they are being swallowed by the Yemeni authorities without evidence or proof.
The estimated 400 students sent an urgent letter of appeal to all entities, political parties and civil society organizations and local public opinion, Arab and international that the Yemeni authorities in Aden, “South Yemen” has warned the more than 400 students originating from the province of Dali that they will be cast out of student housing, “housing Abd al-Hadi,” in the city of Sheikh Othman,” Aden, South Yemen. The students were surprised when they heard this decision which is wrong and beyond the law. It is not for nothing except the Gulf Twenty in Aden, where authorities warned the students to get out of housing on Wednesday, until the end of the Gulf 20 in Yemen.

State preacher fatwa’s Southern protesters from Al Saleh Mosque, Sana’a

Filed under: Religious, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:21 pm on Monday, November 1, 2010

The Preacher of the Al Saleh Mosque in Sana’a, Akram Saleh Mohsen Alrqhristi, who is a graduate from the University of Faith (Al Iman) in Sana’a said during last Friday’s sermon: “It is permissible to beat the necks of those calling for disengagement in the southern provinces,” thus legitimizing shedding their blood and killing them.

Now how is the state supposed to tamp down on the al Qaeda ideology when it uses the jihaddist, takfiri rationale to fatwa its enemies. There are constitutional arguments that are never made and are probably never imagined because the constitution is normally ignored. The religious button works very well.

Weekly protests in eight southern cities, Updated with video

Filed under: Abyan, Lahj, South Yemen, Yemen, al Dhalie, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 7:08 am on Friday, October 29, 2010

Update: a vid of a march in al Dhalie yesterday 10/28 posted at SadaAden

With the Yemeni government’s concerted crackdown on the media, internet, journalists, bloggers and newspapers, these protests are not getting much media attention inside or outside of Yemen, but its a weekly occurrence.

Siyas: 8 southern Yemeni cities protested on the Southern Prisoner’s Day, that is staged every Thursday in order to demand the release some Southern Movement detainees and to support the movement’s demands that seeks to separate and restore the former state of South Yemen, that merged with North Yemen to form the recent Republic of Yemen in 1990. (Read on …)

Assassination Attempt on Southern Leader Fails

Filed under: Lahj, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:42 am on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yemen Post: A leader in the southern movement, Mohsin Al-Twairah, narrowly escaped an apparent assassination attempt in the southern of Yemen on Saturday after a hidden “sticky” bomb exploded underneath their parked, Toyota, villagers told the Yemen Post.

The car exploded in a pillar of flame and was destroyed. No one was injured in the attack.

I received a call just three minutes before it exploded, and the bomb may have been triggered by remote control,” Villagers cited Al-Twairah as saying.

The explosion happened just after 1: am Saturday in the car park close to a residential area of Jabal Al-Raidah of Halmeen district in Lahj province, the sources said.

Gulf 20 Reinforcements Heading South

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Military, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 9:13 am on Saturday, October 23, 2010


Yemen deployed 30,000 troops to south Yemen in advance of the Gulf 20, scheduled for Nov. 22-Dec. 4 in Aden and Abyan. Since May, al-Qaida has been blamed for the deaths of more than 55 officers, mostly in the PSO and exclusively in the south. Southerners see the military build-up as an effort to quell the independence movement in advance of the Parliamentary elections schedule for early next year.

Airstrikes in Modya Abyan

Filed under: 3 security, Abyan, Air strike, Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Local gov, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:25 am on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

News Yemen: The air forces have carried out new raids on suspected al-Qaeda sites in Thaobah in Modiya of the southern province of Abyan on Tuesday.

Local source told News Yemen that at least four missiles were fired at the area and led to the demolition of a number of houses. The strikes did not result in casualties, said the source. Thaobah is a mountainous area, 20 km from the city of Lawdar.

Journalist Ahmed al-Qane, in Thaobah, told News Yemen that the targeted elements have suddenly gathered in the area after they were expelled earlier by sheikhs and social figures to Al-Majala. The government increased campaign against suspected al-Qaeda militants in Abyan after militants ambushed and killed a security official, brother of Abyan’s governor and tried to assassinate the governor himself.

al Motamar: He added that confrontations by security forces and a number of al-Qaeda elements resulted in killing more than 6 of them in the past days and the capture of the main wanted the terrorist Hani al-Thurayah and found in his possession dangerous documents for al-Qaeda revealing plots on targeting security personalities in Abyan province.

The BPMLSPHBSCMPLS has a meeting

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Hadramout, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:06 pm on Friday, October 15, 2010

Really, the entire southern movement and all its subdivisions need better English names.

Announced the components of the southern movement province of Hadramout after a meeting of the unification problem over the weekend that the meeting today, “culminated in agreement on the dissolution of these entities above in a new component under the name: The Board of peaceful movement for the liberation of the south province of Hadramout branch of the Supreme Council of the mobility of the peaceful liberation of the south,” according to statement from the meeting .The statement results Alajt … shiny as a “consensus Memon,” noting that the present Declaration “coincide in the midst of celebrations of our people in the South Forty-seventh anniversary of the Revolution of the Fourteenth of October Eternal.”According to the statement, obtained by news agency, a copy of Aden has “the whole audience in the form of the presidency made up of 21″ under the chairmanship of Abdul Majeed and bounds as league for six months.A source in the Presidency that the announcement today is the “dissolution of the components of the movement that has befallen the Declaration of integration and Council Branch peaceful movement to liberate the South in the province.”He also noted the source to “complete the configuration in the coming days‬

Assassinations in Yemen: History Repeats Itself

Filed under: 3 security, Abyan, Hadramout, Security Forces, South Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:58 am on Friday, October 15, 2010

Update: death toll of convoy ambush rises to five.

In 1993 through May of 1994, over 150 Yemeni Socialist Party officials were assassinated. The attacks were thought organized by Yemen’s Central Security forces, then headed by President Saleh’s brother, Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, who is now deceased. The president’s son Ahmed now heads the CSF. The 1993 assassinations were the work of the Afghan Arabs who had returned to Yemen following the Soviet defeat. In return for the attacks, the Saleh regime had promised the al Qaeda leadership to install a more fundamentalist, neo-Salafi doctrine on the nation. The deal went from General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar to Usama bin Laden. This is well documented history. Likely not all of the assassins knew the terms of the deal or even that there was a deal. The rationale of the supposed apostasy of socialists was enough for their leaders to motivate the hit men. The string of murders then looks very similar to what is going on now in the south of Yemen, where dozens of security officers have been killed, primarily from the Political Security Organization.

The policy of diversion through crisis generation has worked well for Saleh for a long time. The failure of the state to achieve any noticeable progress against AQAP since December may be due to its fragmentation, incompetence and corruption. Often when the Yemeni government fails at implementing even the most basic policy, it is because competing intra-governmental interests are threatened. In Yemen, generally, different militant factions liaise and negotiate with different government intermediaries and presidential relatives. The 2009 battle of Ja’ar was largely a red on red confrontation where the state’s jihaddists including al Nabi fought other jihaddists to return control to the state’s designated proxy. The string of current assassinations targets largely the PSO. Some southerners suggest its a purge. Most people though interpret the bloodbath as hostilities between AQAP and the state, specifically al Qamish, head of the PSO. The last news article about direct state facilitation of AQAP (al-Wahishi) was last year when he was helped out by members of the National Security. (If I have time, I’ll try to find the link to the article. Its posted here somewhere.) The external landscape evolved significantly since then. Currently some element of the state is at war with some element of AQAP. Its the status of the other elements that is unclear.

CNN: Al Qaeda in Yemen is suspected of being behind three separate attacks that have targeted Yemeni security officials, according to a government official.

“In the past 72 hours, there have been three attacks in the south of the country,” the Yemeni official, who was not authorized to speak to the media, said Thursday. “The attacks are getting worse and the scene is getting bloodier.” (Read on …)

Brother of southern detainee killed during protest

Filed under: Lahj, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:07 pm on Monday, October 11, 2010

oh their poor mother…

Yemen security forces clash with protesters from separatist Southern Movement in Lahaj. MEO ADEN, Yemen – Clashes in south Yemen on Sunday between troops and protesters from the separatist Southern Movement left one person dead and five wounded, a security official said.

Three soldiers were injured, one seriously, when they came under fire as they tried to open a road in the Kersh district of southern Lahaj province blocked by the protesters, who were demanding the release from jail of one of their leaders, the official said. One protester was killed and two wounded in the exchange of fire, he added.

An official in the Southern Movement, whose members want either increased autonomy or independence for Yemen’s south, confirmed one protester was killed — the brother of the detained tribal chief — and two wounded.

Al Ayyam newspaper and editor Hisham Bashraheel back to court in Aden, Al Nass editor and journalist fined

Filed under: Media, South Yemen, Targeted Individuals — by Jane Novak at 1:14 pm on Sunday, October 10, 2010

Its unbelievable!!! What happened to the amnesty for political prisoners?

Related: Sahwa Net -The Specialized Press and Publications Court sentenced on Saturday the editor-in-chief of Al-Nass newspaper, Osama Ghalib and journalist Fawzi al-Kahili a fine of YR 50.000. The prosecution has accused Ghalib and al-Kahili of publicly releasing articles which abused Adel Qaid, director of al-Mithaq Foundation which belongs to Yemen’s ruling party, the General People’s Congress.

Resumed on Sunday, 10/10/2010 Penal Court specialized in Aden under the chairmanship of Judge Mamedalowhit trial of Al-Ayam newspaper forcibly suspended since May 2009, and has appeared before this Court, Mr. Hisham Bashraheel editor of the days and his two sons, brother Hani Bashrahil editor of sports days suspended also forcibly Mohammed Hisham Bashrahil and CEO of days and I welcome the good Musharraf presses and a number of newspaper employees. (Read on …)

American and Canadian South Yemenis Urge Historical Leaders to Stop Wasting Time

Filed under: South Yemen, USA — by Jane Novak at 11:12 am on Sunday, October 10, 2010

Its good advice. The US appears to be pushing for a comprehensive dialog. It would be good if there was a unified southern committee to talk to. While differences among political thought, methods and goals are expected and a good measure of pluralism, there is yet to be an impartial southern secessionist structure that is not based on the charisma and pull of a particular historical personality. Its not a democratic movement but another embodiment of the tribal structure. Like the JMP, the Southern Movement does not have a mechanism for the upward flow of the popular will. Its an oligarchy. Another big day of protests is scheduled for October 14.

Washington – London “Eden Press,” Special: 10 – 10-2010: Warned some of the people of the south in America and Canada leaders South historical and the rest of the political actors to ignore the international movements driving the direction of the composite dialogue and unconditional, (Read on …)

The Gulf 20 controversy in Yemen

Filed under: GCC, South Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 2:32 pm on Friday, October 8, 2010


The Gulf 20 is scheduled to be held in Aden and Abyan, November 22 to December 5. Yesterday dozens of protesters attacked the new stadium “to protest the unresponsiveness of the authorities to their demands for releasing detainees held in connection with criminal charges (demonstrations).” Southern secessionist leaders have urged the Gulf states to boycott the event in recognition of Yemen’s atrocities in the south. President Saleh said the cost of the stadium and sports complex is YR 120 million. The GIF brings that point home, juxtaposing 30,000 soldiers against the 4,000,000 southerners.

Lahj, Yemen Today

Filed under: South Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 3:22 pm on Thursday, October 7, 2010


The southern independence movement shows no signs of abating.

Two killed in South Yemen demonstrations commemorating teen’s death, Update: wounded?

Filed under: South Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 6:02 pm on Monday, October 4, 2010

Update: I’m not sure if they were killed or wounded, despite the al Sahwa article. There’s contradictory articles in Arabic. Maybe it was two wounded during demonstration honoring two killed. From .al Tagheer : Witnesses (said) injured person reaches the age of 15 years with a bullet in his left shoulder after a shooting by one of the military sector in the area opened fire on a group of mourners, Maybe (and hopefully), the al Sahwa article is a typo. There’s conflicting stories about the depth of the general strike as well. Update 2: the Yemen Post says two were wounded.

Original post: The photos they are holding are of a 16 year old killed by police during a prior protest. The sign says, “Stop Genocide Against People of the South.” Each civilian death inflames public sentiment and adds to the secessionist momentum of the last three years. Several hundred peaceful protesters were killed by Yemeni security forces since protests began in 2007. Photo credit: email.


Sahwa Net- Two people were killed on Monday in clashes between Yemen’s security and gunmen in Dhala governorate following staging protesting activities of the Southern Movement.

In response to the calls of the Southern Movement, a number of southern governorates carried out an inclusive strike in which shops were closed down.

The spokesman of the Southern Movement Abdu al-Matari said that the Higher Council of the Southern Movement would resume an inclusive strike on the coming Monday.

He made clear that the strike would appeal to neighboring countries of the Gulf States not to hold the football 19th Arabian Gulf Cup in the South. The football 19th Arabian Gulf Cup is to be held in South Yemen in December 2010.

Attack on Governor: Yemen blames al Qaeda, then Nuba, now al Qaeda

Filed under: 3 security, Civil Unrest, South Yemen, Targeted Individuals, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 7:45 am on Friday, October 1, 2010

I knew they were going to target General Nuba one way or another. See my 9/26 post, “Next Saleh will discover al Qaeda near General Nasser al Nuba’s camp”. I was close, but instead they blamed him for the assault on the governor of Shabwa’s convoy. Its a ridiculous charge. While General Nuba created and leads the association of retired military officers, he’s never organized them into a military unit. Among all the factions, and since 2007, the Retired Military Association has the most self-discipline and has always remained peaceful, in spite of tremendous provocations. The end result will likely be the same. The military is preparing a second wave of assaults in Shabwa, the vicinity of al Hota they say. Also see southern movement statement below. Who the Yemeni state blames for anything is a function of who they are talking to. For CNN, its al Qaeda.

(CNN) — Yemen has dispatched paramilitary forces to a southern province following an ambush on the local governor by suspected al Qaeda militants, a government official said Thursday.

The forces are preparing for a second offensive on Shabwa province “very soon,” said the Yemeni official who did not want to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media. (Read on …)

Former Yemeni presidents say al Qaeda in Yemen is backed by the authority

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 30, 2010

ي بيان مشترك للرئيسين علي ناصر والعطاس: القاعدة صنيعة السلطة ونطالب بلجنة دولية لتقصى الحقائق في شبوة In a joint statement of Presidents Nasser and Ali Alatas: Al-Qaida is backed by the Authority and the Commission call for an international fact-finding in Shibuya al Tagheer

Ali Nasser Muhammad, Haidar Abu Bakr Al-Attas and ministers Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Saleh Obaid Ahmed, in a joint statement today what was done by Yemeni security forces in the town of Al بمحافظة شبوة , وحملة الاعتقالات الواسعة لقيادات ونشطاء Shabwa, and the campaign of mass arrests of leaders and activists الحراك السلمي في محافظتى عدن ولحج. Peaceful movement in the provinces of Aden and the pilgrimage…متهما السلطة بانها:”تفرخ وتدرب عناصر مفترضة للقاعدة وترسلها للجنوب لخلق الذريعة لنفسها ، مستغفلة الرأي العام المحلى Authority, accusing it: “spawn and trained elements of suspected Al-Qaeda and sent to the South to create pretext for itself, Mstgvlp domestic public opinion والاقليمى والدولى، لضرب الحراك الجنوبى السلمى “. حد تعبر البيان . And regional and international, to hit the southern movement’s peaceful. “Fairly reflect the statement.

Protests Across South Yemen Call on International Community

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, South Yemen, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 12:06 pm on Thursday, September 23, 2010

ADEN, Sep 23, 2010 (AFP) – Thousands of supporters of Yemen’s Southern Movement demonstrated on Thursday ahead of a key meeting of the “Friends of Yemen” donors group in New York, local officials and witnesses said.
Prostestors in several cities, including the restive Loder, carried flags of former South Yemen and anti-North placards, the officials told AFP. Tribal sources estimated that 8,000 people, most of them carrying firearms, took part in the demonstration in Loder, shouting slogans against Yemeni unity.

Last month, Loder was the scene of fierce clashes between Yemeni forces and alleged Al-Qaeda militants as Sanaa charged that members of the Southern Movement fought alongside Al-Qaeda. A Southern Movement source told AFP his supporters “carried arms after the Yemeni army, which has been imposing a blockade on Loder since August, threatened to crush the demonstration.” (Read on …)

Protest in Lauder, Yemen against army blockade and against al Qaeda

Filed under: Abyan, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 12:06 pm on Monday, September 20, 2010


ADEN — Thousands of Yemenis demonstrated on Thursday against an army “blockade” of the southern city of Loder, where clashes with troops killed dozens last month, a member of the Southern Movement said.

“Thousands arrived since Wednesday evening in the city of Loder to participate in the protest aimed at lifting the army blockade imposed by Yemeni occupation forces since August,” said Aydarus Haqis, a leader of the movement calling for self-rule that called the demonstration. (Read on …)

The southerners explaination for all the al Qaeda attacks in South Yemen

Filed under: 3 security, Religious, South Yemen, TI: Internal, Targeted Individuals, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 12:29 pm on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

To wipe out the people with inside knowledge of all the dirty tricks, and that was the buzz on the attack on the prison and they are mysteriously re-zoning all of the Aden free zone. Its a giant conspiracy theory and if one quarter of it is true, then the US is in deep trouble. I like the part where the author analyzes the al Qaeda statements and really al Qaeda has been wheeling and dealing with the Saleh regime for two decades.

Saada Aden Revealed a legal expert and political analyst south of the facts confirm beyond any reasonable doubt and the parking system the occupation of Sana’a and behind all terrorist attacks in the areas of the South recently targeted a number of figures southern security headquarters and facilities of the State under the pretext of “Al Qaeda” emphasizes partnership this system in the industry of terrorism. (Read on …)

Two soldiers killed in clash with protesters south of Lauder, Yemen

Filed under: Security Forces, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:49 am on Sunday, September 12, 2010

Inquirer ADEN – Protesters from the separatist Southern Movement shot and wounded two Yemeni soldiers in Abyan province in south Yemen on Sunday, a security source said. He said the soldiers were wounded while trying to disperse a protest in Al-Ain, eight kilometers (about five miles) south of Loder.

Loder was the scene of late-August clashes between Al-Qaeda militants and security forces, in which 33 people were killed, according to an AFP tally. An official in the Southern Movement, whose members want either increased autonomy or independence for Yemen’s south, accused security forces of having fired on the protesters first.

He said the protest was against the ongoing “siege” of Loder, adding there are currently no Al-Qaeda members there and that security forces are in the area to oppress the Southern Movement. The official also said that the Southern Movement has called for demonstrations across Abyan province next Thursday, and for the protesters to march to Loder.

Baoum joins in accusing Sana’a of using al Qaeda to weaken the SM

Filed under: 3 security, South Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 7:14 pm on Friday, September 10, 2010

The northern government’s terrorist plot will expand after Eid, Baoum says. Aden Press:

أن هذه الجرائم التي ترتكبها قوات الاحتلال ضد المدنيين الجنوبيين تحت أسم القاعدة تكشف عن مخطط رهيب سيتوسع بعد عيد الفطر المبارك مع أثارة الفتن توصلا إلى تهجير سكان بعض المحافظات والمديريات الجنوبية تسهيلا للأستيلأ على الأراضي والثروة لذا فأن على أبناء الجنوب أن يكونوا متيقظين لمثل هذه الخطط والمؤامرات وأن يعملوا على إفشالها ولابد من العمل السريع والمسئول والحاسم لتوحيد الصف الجنوبي وصيانة أهدافه وضمان استمرارية وجود الحراك ككيان وطني مستقل وموحد يناضل من أجل الاستقلال والتحرر وإستعادة الهوية الأصيلة للشعب الجنوبي التي حاول الأعداء طمسها … That these crimes committed by occupation forces against southern civilians under the name of the rule uncover plot terrible expand after the Eid al-Fitr with sedition reached displacement of residents in some counties and districts south convenience Estela land and wealth, so long as the people of the South to be vigilant to such plans and plots and work to make it fail and must be quick and decisive and responsible for the Unification of the Southern Tier and maintenance of its objectives and ensure the continuity of the existence of mobility as an entity separate national and unified struggle for independence and liberation and recovery of identity inherent to the people of the South tried to obliterate the enemy …حسن أحمد باعوم Hassan Ahmed Ba’oum

رئيس المجلس الأعلى للحراك السلمي لتحرير الجنوب President of the Supreme Council of the mobility for the Liberation of South peaceful

AQAP Claims Six Attacks on Security in the Abyan

Filed under: South Yemen, aq statements, attacks — by Jane Novak at 8:04 pm on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It reminds me of the Yemen Soldiers Brigades and the string of minor attacks on security through 2007 and 2008, which was later determined not to be “real” al Qaeda.

SANAA, Sep. 7, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) — The Yemen-based al-Qaida claimed responsibility for six deadly attacks against the country’s security forces over the few past weeks in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan, according to a statement issued on jihadist forums on Tuesday. (Read on …)

Renewed clashes in Lauder, Abyan, Yemen

Filed under: Abyan, South Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:51 pm on Sunday, September 5, 2010

Aden News Agency:

Armed clashes renewed in the southwestern outskirts of the town of Lauder, between unidentified gunmen and military units belonging to the occupation forces. Local residents, in Lauder said to “Aden news agency that” armed clashes took place at the dawn at 2.00am on Sunday in the vicinity of the power station and army post near Zara town, west of the town of Lauder.

At the time of writing the news, the clashes are still ongoing and it did not know whether they have resulted in casualties. The clash came at dawn today after days of relative calm in the city, despite a state of siege imposed by the occupation authorities in the town since more than two weeks.

Nuba: Yemen’s Terrorism Industry

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, South Yemen, Yemen, Yemen's Lies — by Jane Novak at 2:42 pm on Sunday, September 5, 2010

al Masdar Online: شن القيادي البارز في الحراك الجنوبي العميد ناصر النوبة هجوماً لاذعاً على السلطة. Launched a leading figure in the southern movement Brigadier Nasser Al Nuba a scathing attack on power. ورداً على اتهام وزارة الداخلية للحراك بالتحالف مع تنظيم القاعدة لاستهداف شخصيات أمنية وعسكرية وزعزعة الأمن والاستقرار في المحافظات الجنوبية، اتهم النوبــة السلطة بـ”صناعة الإرهاب”. In response to the charge of the Ministry of Internal mobility in alliance with al-Qaeda to target the security and military figures and to undermine security and stability in the southern provinces, the Nuba accused the Authority of “terrorism industry”.

وقال إن “الإرهاب جزء لا يتجزأ من المنظومة السياسية الحاكمة التي تستغله كورقة سياسية لتلقي الدعم المالي الخارجي ولإسكات الصوت الجنوبي المنادي بالاستقلال” حسبما قال. He said that “terrorism is part and parcel of the political system exploited by the ruling as a political card to receive external financial support and to silence the sound southern pro-independence,” he said.
وأضاف العميد النوبة الذي كا يتحدث في أمسية رمضانية للحراك أقيمت مس الجمعة بمدينة يشبم محافظة شبوة (جنوب شرق اليمن) “إننا في الحراك الجنوبي نستنكر وندين بشدة الأعمال العسكرية الإجرامية التي تقوم بها قوات نظام صنعاء تجاه إخواننا المدنيين في مدينة لودر تحت ذريعة الحرب على الإرهاب والتي أدت حتى الآن إلى قتل وجرح عدد من المدنيين بينهم شيوخ وأطفال ونساء والى تهجير مئات من الأسر من منازلهم قسرا بسبب القصف العسكري العشوائي”. Brigadier-General Nuba Ka speaking at an evening Ramadan mobility held mass Friday in Icbm Shabwa province (south-east Yemen) “We are in the southern movement deplore and strongly condemn the military actions criminal by the forces of the Sanaa regime against our civilians in the town of Lauder, under the pretext of the war on terror which have so far been killed and several wounded civilians, including elderly, children and women and to displace hundreds of families forced from their homes because of the indiscriminate bombing military. ” حد قولــه. He said. (Read on …)

Fourth bombing campaign launched in al Habaylean after Clashes

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Lahj, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:37 pm on Sunday, September 5, 2010

According to local reports 8 people killed (2 of citizens and 6 of the army + 6 wounded with minor injuries) and the continued shelling in Alhabaylin. There’s no excuse of al Qaeda in Habalyean, although Im sure the regime will fabricate one.

Yemen Post Two were killed, one soldier, and seven others injured in the clashes that erupted early today between the security forces and armed people, believed to be separatists, in Yemen’s Southern Lahj Province.
(Read on …)

Arrest in Lauder: Salah Ali Abdullah al-Dammani

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, South Yemen, arrests — by Jane Novak at 9:18 pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

al Motamar A security source has told that security forces arrested on Thursday one of al-Qaeda elements in Luder district, Abyan province.

The source added that the terrorist that was arrested is Salah Ali Abdullah al-Dammani and considered one of the dangerous elements active among al-Qaeda ranks in Abyan. (Read on …)

Adel Hardaba, top al Qaeda commander or teen-aged demonstrator?

Filed under: 3 security, Abyan, Counter-terror, South Yemen, Yemen, Yemen's Lies — by Jane Novak at 3:59 pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

UPI: (Yemeni) Authorities claimed they killed 27-year-old Adel Saleh Hardaba in Lawdar, who was described by authorities as the second-in-command of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Jazeera reports.

In an earlier statement, TAJ identified the bystanders wounded as:
 Bassam Saleh Hardabah
 Mohamed Saleh Nasser
 Maged Mohammed Marzouki
 Abdurabbo Ahmed Dhmah
 Bassam Albilali
 Maged Saleh Hardabah
 Abdulla Almanssoury

Adel Saleh Hardaba, according to locals, was 18 years and unemployed. He was not wounded (its not name confusion). The story is he was arrested by the Yemeni regime in Lauder. Apparently he was killed after the arrest.

Fatalities during southern protests

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:50 pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Some were targeted killings like Wadhah and others were killed in jail or when police opened fire on organizers preparing for the demonstration the next day. Missing from the list is Mohsen Wakaz and the two year old boy Chavez shot to death in March 2009. What happened at the podium in al Habalyn is organizers were setting up for a demonstration the next day when they were strafed by security forces and killed. The demonstration the next day was even larger than originally expected.

Names of the martyrs of peaceful struggle m / m Hajj 2007-2010 ===

Name the type of injury Directorate place of martyrdom martyrdom date
1 Abdel Nasser Kassem Hamadi Radfan gunshot abdominal Alhabaylin podium 13/10/2007
2 Shafiq Haitham Hassan Radfan gunshot abdominal Alhabaylin podium 13/10/2007
3 Fahmi Mohammed Hussein al-Jaafari Radfan gunshot heart Alhabaylin podium 13/10/2007
4 Mohammed Nasser Haitham age Radfan gunshot abdominal Alhabaylin podium 13/10/2007 (Read on …)

“Terror mystery emerges in Yemen”

Filed under: Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen's Lies, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:51 am on Monday, August 30, 2010

The Australian wonders what the heck is going on in Lauder and its a good question. How can we know when all the journalists are in jail? There’s difficulty even identifying the sides in the conflict, as there was in Ja’ar in 09 when the state’s jihaddists including al Nabi and Sami Dayhan were fighting another group intent on establishing an Islamic emirate in the city. Things went so far that several suspected homosexuals were killed and other Taliban style gross brutality occurred.

via al SahwaFAR from Afghanistan, Iraq and the flood plains of Pakistan, a bitter siege played out this week between al-Qa’ida and an American ally. Or did it?

The first reports from the siege of Lodar, in southern Yemen, told of 80,000 people fleeing as government forces encircled the town, dropping leaflets instructing residents to flee before a big offensive against al-Qa’ida militants hunkered there.

The next report revised the number of residents fleeing down to 3000, with 200 al-Qa’ida militants and 200 fighters from the secessionist Southern Movement holding the town. Yesterday the Yemeni government hailed its conquest of Lodar, having “stormed the dens of the terrorists”. Its count of al-Qa’ida fighters killed came in at 12. (Read on …)

Al Qaeda “a myth to justify attacks in the south,” Karaman

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, Yemen's Lies — by Jane Novak at 7:26 am on Thursday, August 26, 2010

The anti Al-Qaeda narrative in Yemen is quite strong and asserts that AQAP is a regime stooge and the threat is manipulated to gain international support. But many in Yemen don’t actually see the danger to Yemen if those lunatic fanatics manage to pull off an attack in the US.

al Teef: Network spectrum – in particular: اعتبرت الناشطة الحقوقية توكل عبدالسلام كرمان ، رئيسة منظمة صحفيات بلاقيود ، إن الحرب الذي تشنه قوات الجيش والأمن اليمنية على مايسمى بتنظيم القاعدة في أغلب محافظات الجنوب .. Considered human rights activist Abdul Salam assigned Kerman, head of the journalists Blagiwd, the war being waged by the military and security forces on Yemen’s so-called Al Qaeda in most provinces of the south .. أسطورة اخترعها النظام لتبرير حربها على الحراك الجنوبي السلمي” . Myth concocted to justify the war on the peaceful southern movement. ”

هذا وكانت قناة الجزيرة قد استضافت الناشطة والإعلامية توكل كرمان للتعليق على تقرير منظمة العفو الدولية الذي اتهمت فيه المنظمة السلطات اليمنية بقتل وتصفية شخصيات في الحراك الجنوبي وجماعة الحوثي وأعضاء بالقاعدة دون مبررات قانونية ، كما اتهم التقرير اليمن بانتهاك حريات وحقوق الإنسان في كثير من المجالات . The Al-Jazeera hosted the activist and media trust Kerman to comment on the Amnesty International report that accused the organization Yemeni authorities of killing and the liquidation of the characters in the southern movement Houthi’s group and al Qaeda members without legal justification report also accused Yemen of violating the freedoms and human rights in many areas.

يذكر أن كرمان كانت قد استقالت في وقت سابق من اللجنة التحضيرية لتهيئة الحوار الوطني بين السلطة وأحزاب اللقاء المشترك إضافة إلى عضوين آخرين استقالا من اللجنة هما نقيب الصحفيين اليميين الأسبق عبدالباري طاهر والنائب أحمد سيف حاشد . The Kerman had resigned earlier in the Preparatory Committee to create a national dialogue between the Authority and the Joint Meeting Parties in addition to two other members resigned from the Committee are former chairman of journalists Alimyin Bari Taher, MP Ahmed Saif rally.

TAJ Statement on the Continuing Military Bombardment of Lauder, Abyan

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:55 pm on Friday, August 20, 2010

The current casualty count is about 30. The death toll tripled in the last few hours.

Important and urgent about the brutal shelling of the occupation forces in the Directorate of the Yemeni province of Abyan Lauder

It has been informed that yesterday and the day before that of the month of Ramadan, and without regard to the place and the privacy of the Holy month of Ramadan by the forces of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the war criminal, killer of women and children, and continue to heinous crimes against the right of our people.
And proceeded with occupation forces broking into the Yemeni market Lauder, and randomly shooting people present in the market and landed a number of martyrs and wounded, including a woman and a child.
Names of some of the Martyrs:

 Riadh Mohammad Nasser Nasroh was pronounced dead while he was exercising the buying and selling in his shop.
 Adham Mohamed Hydra vegetable seller

The wounded were:
 Bassam Saleh Hardabah
 Mohamed Saleh Nasser
 Maged Mohammed Marzouki
 Abdurabbo Ahmed Dhmah
 Bassam Albilali
 Maged Saleh Hardabah
 Abdulla Almanssoury

And still the heavy artillery of the army of occupation until the moment the Yemeni shelling the town of Lauder, and some villages in the Department of Lauder central southern province of Abyan Centre South Arabia.

And certainly there will be others killed and wounded because of it. In a desperate attempt and frowned upon, the Yemeni occupation regime claims it will do in its brutal but to fight the terrorism. Will those who engage in their daily lives in the market and killed in their stores and pedestrians whom are women and children in the kindergarten, be from Al-Qaeda?

And all research centers and the ongoing anti-terrorism authorities in the region and the whole world knows very well that Al-Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula and the forces of terrorism is a product par excellence presidential Yemen. We the Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ) call our people together, with adherence to project independence as an option is irreversible and stay away from both sides of the Yemeni occupation regime authority and the opposition.

At the same time call upon the international community and international human rights organizations to provide international protection for our people and bring the murderers and the perpetrators of these massacres led by the criminal Ali Abdullah Saleh to international courts to receive the punishment for what they did.
Issued by:
Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ)
Secretariat of Human Rights
Date 20-8-2010 -London

Or maybe the Yemeni government was shelling Loder City, Abyan, provoking clashes (Updated 21 Dead)

Filed under: Abyan, South Yemen, Yemen, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 5:25 pm on Friday, August 20, 2010

And then called them al-Qaeda. The local story seems to be the Yemeni security forces attempted to arrest some activists in the southern movement in Loder City, Abyan who argued and refused to go. The soldiers opened fire randomly, provoking clashes. Then they began shelling the city. Three civilians killed and five wounded. Shelling continues. The RPG attack came after the civilian deaths in this version.

The official version: M&C The sources told the German Press Agency dpa that the (al Qaeda) militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at an armoured personnel carrier in the Loudar district of Abyan province, killing eight policemen on the spot.

Update: What a disaster. Now 21 dead. Clashes lasted three hours.

This seems reliable: By AHMED AL-HAJ (AP) –: A Yemeni security official says a clash between troops and civilians at a market in the country’s restive south has left 13 people dead — including 10 soldiers. The official says the clash erupted after military vehicles drove into a market in the town of Lawdar in Abyan province, setting off a quarrel with the townspeople that eventually escalated into an exchange of gunfire…He says three of the townspeople died in Friday’s clash and one military vehicle was set ablaze.

Aden News Agency: استشهد مالايقل عن ثلاثة أشخاص وأصيب خمس آخرون بجراح خطيرة جراء قصف مدفعي نفذته وحدات عسكرية تابعة لقوات الاحتلال اليمنية بمدينة لودر كبرى مدن المنطقة الوسطى عصر اليوم الجمعة Cited at least three people and wounded five others were seriously injured due to artillery shelling was carried out by military units of the occupying forces the Yemeni town of Lauder, the largest city in the central region on Friday afternoon
وقالت مصادر محلية بمدينة لودر كبرى مدن المنطقة الوسطى بمحافظة أبين لـ”وكالة أنباء عدن” ان قوات الجيش اليمنية نفذت قبيل دقائق من الان حملة قصف بالمدفعية استهدفت وسط المدينة وان عدد من قذائف المدفعية سقطت في محيط روضة الأطفال بالقرب من سوق السمك رافقها إطلاق نار من أسلحة متوسطة وخفيفة مسفرة عن سقوط ضحايا . Local sources said the City of Lauder, the largest city in the central province of Abyan of “the news agency of Eden” that the army of Yemen carried out, such as minutes from now campaign artillery shelling targeted the city center and the number of artillery shells in the vicinity of the kindergarten near the fish market was accompanied by fire from Medium and light weapons, thus giving casualties.
وتحصلت “وكالة أنباء عدن” على أسماء عدد من الشهداء بينهم رياض محمد ناصر ناصروه وهو مالك متجر صغير كان بداخله لحظة القصف وادهم الشيابي قتل أثناء مروره وسط السوق العام في المدينة. And social development, “news agency of Aden,” the names of a number of martyrs, including Nasroh Riaz Mohammad Nasser, a shop owner was inside a small moment of the bombing and Adham Alhiappi killed while passing through the center of the public market in the city.
وقال شهود عيان لـ”وكالة أنباء عدن” ان عشرات الشباب من أبناء المدينة هاجموا مدرعة تابعة للجيش ردا على القصف وشوهدوا وهم يقومون بإحراقها بعد هروب الجنود من عليها . Witnesses said the “news agency of Eden” that dozens of young people of the city attacked an armored military response to the bombing and burning were observed after the escape of soldiers from them.

OK they admit bombing the city and it is still going on. MOI is certain its al Qaeda; other officials say maybe members of the Southern Movement. Southerner spokesmen deny.

(AFP) ADEN, Yemen — Eleven soldiers were killed on Friday as the Yemeni army fought gunmen in the southern city of Loder, the interior ministry said, and medics said three civilians also died. The soldiers were killed “in an ambush set up by Al-Qaeda terrorists and outlaws cooperating with them,” the ministry said. (Read on …)

The story of south Yemen, video (English)

Filed under: South Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 2:47 pm on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

2010/9/23 : تحية الى جميع الأصدقاء اليمني بلدي. أريد أن أقول أن هذه ليست شريط فيديو بأنني خلقت. وقد أنشئ من قبل ناشط في الجنوب. ونشرت لي هنا للسماح بحرية التعبير وفهم أكبر لآراء الناس في جنوب. وتلك التي كنت البلهاء كتابة بأنني في حاجة إلى وصي أو أنا دفعت ، يجب فتح عقولكم وقلوبكم لإخوانكم وضعهم. لن يكون هناك الملايين يتظاهرون إذا لم يكن هناك شيء خطأ فادحا في الجنوب
شكرا لكم لزيارة موقعي ولطيفة اليوم. .
للحصول على الصفحة الرئيسية ، انقر هنا.

9/23/2010: Greetings to all my Yemeni friends. I want to say that this is not a video that I created. It was created by a southern activist. And I posted it here to allow the freedom of expression and greater understanding of southern people’s views. And to those of you idiots writing that I need a guardian or I am paid, you should open your minds and your hearts to your brothers and their situation. There would not be millions demonstrating if there was not something terribly wrong in the south. Thank you for visiting my website and have a nice day. Go get to the home page click here.

The link to the video:

Mukallah, Yemen has huge party to welcome the return of oppositionist Hassan Baoum

Filed under: South Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 12:10 pm on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hassan Baoum, a leader of one of the factions of the southern movement, was abroad receiving medical treatment for many months. He was previously jailed (and denied medical treatment in prison) and the fact that he returned to Yemen upon his recovery says a lot. Now it would be nice if they let Al-Ayyam’s Mr. Bashraheel go abroad for urgently needed treatment. More on Baoum’s return at Mukalla Online. Update: Bashraheel is currently in KSA receiving treatment, one good piece of news anyway.

Four Southern Groups Issue Joint Statement: Only Solution is Independence

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, statements — by Jane Novak at 9:04 pm on Monday, August 16, 2010

Hopefully the statement indicates a real consensus, not some earlier statements, if only for the ability to move things forward. There’s no one to talk to when there’s eight groups and leaderships in the SMM. The July 17 JMP/ GPC agreement on dialog (which is stalled again) even if it reaches consensus, does nothing to address the southern issue. Some southerners consider the agreement a northern plot. The EU observers determination of the 2006 election as mostly free and fair (with massive reforms needed) neglected the boycotting southerners entirely.

Signatories of the current agreement include:
Supreme National Authority for the independence of the South:
Supreme National Council for the Liberation of South
Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ)
Youth Union South (Ashajj)

An important statement of the components of independence

The latest developments in the political arena southern confirm beyond a shadow of
Doubt on the strength of the SPLM and the effectiveness of South peaceful struggle vital
Awareness of the project and the return of the South goes to accomplish the tasks ahead in
Forefront of independence and nation-building and the restoration of the Arab identity of the South
Based on the popular will, which has become dogma in the minds of our people
And the road to the ultimate salvation of the Yemeni occupation, despite our awareness of the seriousness of the conspiracies

Hatched against the draft independence.

The forces of South Independence Declaring its firm and principled position on the issue of
Our people in the south and the right to freedom and independence it is not concerned with any agreements
And conducted by the JMP with the occupation authority since the wake of the Yemeni
The war of summer 1994 through an agreement in February 2009 and the end of the agreement of July 17, 2010 (Read on …)

Yemen Suicide Bomber in Dhalie was a Soldier, Theories Abound

Filed under: 3 security, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, al Dhalie, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:50 am on Thursday, August 5, 2010

One Yemeni observer notes, “The ministry of interior identified the bomber as a 36 years old Hadi Ahmed Saleh from Kohlan district province of Sanaa. He was a soldier in the 35th brigade based in the city of Dhala.Some of his colleagues suggested that he was unaware that his motorcycle was rigged with explosives. When you have a regime that uses terror to blackmail the international community , the prospect of Yemeni intelligence role in such attacks is not far fetched .”

SaadaAden: Aden news agency suggested that the soldier was a “victim of a conspiracy carried out by malicious military officials in coordination with the intelligence of Yemen, where witnesses confirmed that the soldier came out of the leadership of the camp and started down the road towards the Public Security Department and did not know the mission objective.”

And a truly gruesome video of the deceased at Youtube. A less hysterical rundown from the YT:

Yemen Times: SANA’A, August 4 — Nine soldiers were injured when a soldier blew himself up in front of the Al-Dhale’ General Security Office last Tuesday.

Of the nine injured soldiers, two are said to have been seriously injured. A 15-year-old child was also injured as he was passing near the office.

It was reported on the army website 26th September that the deputy of Al-Dhale’ governorate, Abdulla Husain Al-Haddi, had accused Al-Qaeda of organizing the attack.

According to local sources, the soldier committed this suicide bombing because his salary had been suspended for months and he had not been treated well by his commanding officer.

According to reliable sources, Al-Qaeda cannot be behind this suicide bombing because the group is not present in the governorate, and some even think that the soldier himself may have unknowingly been rigged with explosives. (Read on …)

Open Letter to President Obama from South Yemen

Filed under: South Yemen, USA, guest posts — by Jane Novak at 11:30 am on Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mr. President Barack Hussein Obama:

We the people of Aden in the south are suffering humiliation and oppression, murder and torture by the regime of the State of North Yemen, Sanaa

We also know we have an independent state and we have entered into unsuccessful unity with North Yemen, Sanaa, a country with a tribal, military and Baathist structure, that is usually backward for us and takes us back a century.

Today, the Arab people in Aden struggle to disengage from the North Yemen, Sanaa, and his re-Arab and to re-establish a southern capital of Aden, known as a free state on their national soil, known to the May 21, 1990

We want your support and your support and you with the free world in order to restore our nation and peaceful coexistence among the nations of the earth

يافعي حضرمي متواجد حالياً with my regards
journalist from south yemen

alkhader alhasani
sana a 25/7/2010

Yemeni-Americans Mobilize to Draw Attention to Children in Prison and other Political Prisoners

Filed under: Diplomacy, Donors, UN, Hadramout, Sana'a, South Yemen, USA — by Jane Novak at 11:14 am on Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A letter to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch from southern Yemenis in the US:

The South Yemen community in U.S.A sincere regards, and thank you for your efforts for the past years and your positive interaction, whether by descending on the ground in the south and especially the governorate Aden, and some nearby provinces, Your meeting with some of the families of the martyrs and prisoners, or through your reports on the bitter reality and the serious daily violations of human rights in under the occupation of Yemen, and heinous practices against the people of South Arabia are engaged in struggle for independence.

We appreciate these efforts and urge you to exert more pressure on the occupying government in Sana’a to stop all methods of repression, torture and killing, siege and arrests, and pursuits, committed against peacefully protesters and activists, and move quickly to rescue the Political prisoners of Sana’a regime, and the rest of the detainees from daily torture of those who are still in detention including minors.

First the Political Security prison in Sana’a

Ahmed Alkuwma – correspondent

Maged Althammah – Age 14 years (Read on …)

Al-Dhalie Still Blockaded for Over Two Months

Filed under: Military, South Yemen, War Crimes, al Dhalie — by Jane Novak at 9:13 am on Friday, July 23, 2010

I had thought the peace convoy from Taiz had more of a lasting effect. Also its the anniversary of the clashes in Zanzibar which killed 17 and wounded more than 20 “because they raised their voices demanding the restoration of the state and still the occupation regime committed massacres and crimes against our brothers in the south, but today Dali is surrounded and encircled from all sides that the area of the city of Dali five square kilometers There are five military brigades and more than twenty military barracks to prevent food and medicine from our brothers in Dali.”

GPC-JMP Agreement: Houthis Approve, Southerners Call Conspiracy

Filed under: GPC, JMP, Saada War, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:14 pm on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ali Nasser Mohammed President of the PDRY “vehemently denied published allegations that he and other opposition leaders in exile were consulted before signing of the Framework agreement between the GPC and the JMP, Naba News reported. Nasser described the claims as “a slander with only one goal, to smear, with no basis in reality, adding that he would love it so much if the ruling party as well as the opposition parties could start solving the big problems rather than get trapped in small ones.” Southern leaders within Yemen are unanimous in their denunciation of the accord, calling it a conspiracy. More on the agreement below the fold.

Daily Star: SANAA: Shiite rebels Monday came out in support of an agreement between the ruling party and the opposition to embark on a national dialogue between Yemen’s numerous rivals. “We express our satisfaction and support for the agreement between the Common Forum and the [ruling] General People’s Congress,” the rebels said in a statement. (Read on …)

445 Protests in South Yemen in 18 months

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:02 pm on Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mareb Press quotes Interior Minister Rashid al Masiri that “rallies witnessed by the southern provinces since 2009 and until mid-year 2010 amounted to 445 process in addition to 87 cuts and looting.” ( Yemen Observer has English.)

Why would southerners sabatoge their electrical stations?

Filed under: Civil Society, Electric, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:29 am on Wednesday, July 14, 2010

This is from the 8th but I need to get it into the archives.

Arab News: SANAA: A third power station in southern Yemen caught fire on Thursday after two others were engulfed in flames earlier in the week in what the government said were attacks by secessionists. (Read on …)

Qatar to mediate between govt and southerners and again with Houthis

Filed under: Diplomacy, Saada War, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:24 pm on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Doha agreement reactivated and Qatar will attempt to mediate in the south, but with who? I hope it works out but during the Doha ceasefire, the regime could not manage to uphold its end of the agreement.

Earthtimes: Sana’a, Yemen – Qatar is initiating efforts to mediate between the Yemeni government and its southern opponents amid escalating separatist violence in the south of the Arab country, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said on Tuesday.

“We will be happy to participate in finding any solution that helps preserve the Yemeni unity,” the Qatari Emir told reporters after talks with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana’a. “We are always with our brothers in Yemen to help in there problems,” he said…. The Qatari government will also resume its mediation efforts to cement a fragile truce between Shiite rebels and the government in northern Yemen, the Yemeni president said.

Saleh said the Qatari efforts would be based on a 2007 Qatari-brokered peace agreement signed by representatives of the Yemeni government and the rebels in Doha.

“We agreed to reactivate the Doha agreement,” Saleh told reporters after the meeting at the Presidential Palace in Sana’a. Yemeni officials declared the collapse of the Qatari mediation in August 2009, accusing the rebels were unwilling to abide by its terms.

Southern Activist Sentenced to Death in Yemen, Update: Al-Ayyam’s guard

Filed under: Judicial, South Yemen, Targeted Individuals — by Jane Novak at 8:36 pm on Monday, July 12, 2010

A statement from TAJ regarding al-Ayyam’s guard:

To: Amnesty International
To: The Arabic Human Rights Organisation
To: World Human Rights Organisation

We urgently write to you to condemn the death sentence issued from one of Sana’a courts in the Republic of Yemen on Sunday 11 July 2010 against the political activist Ahmed Omer Alobady who has been in prison since 14th February 2008.

Mr Alobady was wrongly arrested by the occupation Yemeni forces for his politics views towards the Southern Arabia crisis, NOT for any crime that he has committed, in order to intimidate other political activists joining this peaceful movement.

Despite the Yemeni General Attorney’s failure to find any proof against Mr Alobady, he was sentenced to death.

This method is widely used by the Yemeni Government against all Southern Arabia political activists.

As a matter of urgency we would like you and ALL other organisations around the world to act quickly to overturn this unfair judgment.

Southern Democratic Assembly ( TAJ )

12 July 2010

مناشده عاجله
الى منظمة العفو الدوليه الى المنظمه العربيه لحقوق الانسان الى المنظمه الدوليه لحقوق الانسان
نتوجه بهذا النداء العاجل اليكم لادانة الحكم الصادر من احدى المحاكم اليمنيه في صنعاء صباح يوم الاحد 11-7-2010م بحق الناشط السياسي احمد عمر العبادي السجين منذ14 فبراير 2008م الذي كان متواجداً اثناء حادثة الاعتداء على منزل رئيس تحرير صحيفة الأيام الجنوبي هشام باشراحيل في صنعاءوالذي كان حادثاً مدبراً يستهدف نشاطهما السياسي بدرجه أولى ومواقف الرجلين ودورهما المتميز في الحراك الجنوبي لاسكاتهما ومعاقبتهما على مواقفهما الثابته من القضيه العادله للشعب الجنوبي , وتم تدبير هذه ا لمكيده ا لجنائيه حتى يتسنى لحكومة الاحتلال اليمني إلباس القضيه ثوباً جنائياً كما تعود نظام صنعاء اليمني في التعامل مع خصومه السياسيين في العاده وعلى الرغم من ان النيابه العامه اليمنيه لم تتمكن من اثبات التهمه الجنائيه بالقتل لاحمد عمر العبادي . ولم تكتف سلطات صنعاء اليمنيه بالاعتداء على منزل باشراحيل في صنعاء بل قامت قوات الأمن اليمنيه بالاعتداء مرة أخرى على منزل باشراحيل في عدن مما أدى الى قتل حارس منزله وشخصين آخرين . أن كل هذه دلائل بأن هناك استهداف شخصي للرجلين احمد عمر العبادي وهشام باشراحيل .

اننا نطالب منظماتكم وكافة المنظمات الدوليه والانسانيه المهتمه بحقوق الانسان للقيام بحمله دوليه وسرعة التحرك وإدانة هذا الحكم الجائر وايقافه .

التجمع الديمقراطي الجنوبي (تاج ) لندن بتاريخ 11-7-2010م

Whose Day of Rage was It?

Filed under: South Yemen, photos — by Jane Novak at 2:52 pm on Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Via al Teef

Update: Two dead.

Nuba: No Difference between Ahmed and Hamid

Filed under: South Yemen, statements — by Jane Novak at 11:04 am on Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Personally I find Hamid al Ahmar, son of the late Sheik Abdullah al Ahmar, quite a bit better option than Ahmed Saleh, the president’s son, but its not my call. General Nuba is responding to the National Preparatory Committee’s attempts to form a national coalition for a just and unified Yemen. Some have charged the NPC is undermining the party system and not doing much else of anything besides holding meetings and issuing statements. Still any initiative that attempts to find a peaceful way out of the hell hole that Yemen has become is a good thing. Statement from General Nasser al Nuba who initiated the Southern protests in 2007.

Today is 07/07/2010 the third anniversary of the start of peaceful movement southern On this day of the year in 2007 Ostfti representatives of the people of the South in Liberty Square Incense breaker in the southern capital of Aden and decided to representatives of the people of the south, which is numbered tens of thousands of peaceful struggle until independence unfinished option strategic refusing any other options, which surveyed the illegal independence. (Read on …)

Police Kill Protester, Protesting Death of Torture Victim

Filed under: South Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 10:57 am on Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Horrendous. The funeral march of Ahmed Mohammed Darwish, who was tortured to death in prison:


There were a flurry of statement by various southern movement leaders regarding the Day of Rage. Some called for wide ranging protests including Aden, others disputed the call and asked the public to turn out in designated areas. A third said the protest in Aden was to be a funeral march only. Most of these leaders are pathetic, sorry, but they are, when their differences and power plays get people killed. They are so ready to call the masses for an insult to al Fahdli or for al Beidh to make a point, and the blood is never ending. Meanwhile no progress has been made on establishing a unified movement based on democratic practices.

SANAA, July 7 (Reuters) – Yemeni police shot dead a protester in Aden on Wednesday in clashes that broke out during a “Day of Rage” called by southern secessionists, police and separatists said.

The protester died after police fired on demonstrators who had wanted to hold a public funeral procession for a southerner whose death in police custody last month stoked tensions in the port city. Police said some of demonstrators were armed. (Read on …)

Updates on the south: unrest continues after death in jail, 1500 arrested

Filed under: Aden, Lahj, South Yemen, Yemen, al Dhalie — by Jane Novak at 8:47 pm on Monday, July 5, 2010

Unrest in southern governorates Yemen Times


ADEN, July 4 – Last week security forces released 23 of the 24 men who were arrested in Aden after being suspected of executing the attack against the political security building two weeks ago. The suspect who was not released is Ahmad Al-Darweesh, who died of his injuries the following day to his arrest. A funeral tent was erected by Al-Darweesh’s family to allow people to console them. (Read on …)

Yemeni Military destroyed 78 Houses in Lahj since June 21

Filed under: South Yemen, War Crimes, reports — by Jane Novak at 8:39 am on Saturday, July 3, 2010

TAJ sent the following letter to the UN and a variety of Yemen’s donors and international organizations highlighting the war crimes and destruction the Yemeni government wrought on its own citizens in the last week. The document includes the names of the homeowners whose property was destroyed, giving us some kind of estimate on the newly displaced in South Yemen. With 78 homes destroyed and an average of ten to twenty living in each dwelling, Yemenis are big on extended family, then there are between 700 to 1500 citizens homeless, displaced, as a result of the latest assault. As we recall from the state’s campaigns in Sa’ada, Yemen has a tendency toward collective punishment of the civilian population in areas of conflict including the withholding of food as a tactic of war, random bombing of residential areas and the denial of access to medical services to injured persons. The US deems the whole bloody mess an internal affair, giving Sana’a the green light to crush various sectors of the population, in the misguided hope that Saleh will turn his attention to al Qaeda once things get quiet again. But things may never get quiet again. Either way, the US narrative of civilian immunity loses all legitimacy and the al Qaeda narrative of a US double standard on human rights gains credibility.

Your Excellency,
We would like to put you in the form of what is happening from the painful events and sufferings that are happening to the people in Juhav directorate in the province of Lahj in the south (South Arabia), as consequences of the crimes committed by the Yemeni occupation forces in its military campaign since Monday 21/06/2010 until today.

The situation is getting worse because of the siege at the Directorate, where residents, pacifists and houses were bombed with various types of heavy and light weapons, tanks, rocket launchers, artillery guns and Huns, which led to the destruction of houses on the heads of women and children, the infirm, the destruction and ways of life and infrastructure, including electricity and water services and the imposition of a state of emergency on movement of people, hampering patients chronic diseases such as kidney failure and heart disease, diabetes and pregnant women from going to the hospitals and stopping the students from going to perform their yearly exams, paralyzing life, making the citizen’s life hell for unendurable as was the case of violation of human rights and we have provided an example of the citizen Mohammed Mohsen who was kidnapped from (Ibb hospital) by the Yemeni forces who tortured him to death and thrown his body on the side of the road near his village in Sweida and found many traces of torture on his body and neck due to hanging.

On the other hand, there are many private properties and premises that were demolished and destroyed particularly in the following town ; AlQarna; Aluzla; Alsuaida; Aaniem; Alnujid; Blass; shaggo; Taqmur; Aladania and Alquraiat .

The names of owners of these destroyed houses in appendix no. 1 (Read on …)

Saleh Hunts for al Qaeda: 21 protesters arrested, one dies in custody

Filed under: Aden, Civil Rights, Counter-terror, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:18 pm on Thursday, July 1, 2010

Al Jazeera

At least 30 people have been arrested in the Yemeni port city of Aden during a two-day hunt for suspected al-Qaeda operatives behind an attack on an intelligence building. More operations will continue in Saada province for suspected fighters, Yemen’s defence ministry said in a statement on Saturday. (Read on …)

Prisoner Dies in Police Custody in Aden Triggering Protests

Filed under: Aden, Counter-terror, South Yemen, Yemen, attacks, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:47 pm on Saturday, June 26, 2010

This appears to be the sequence of events: the storming of jail in Aden; round-up of suspected al-Qaida; protests; arrests; one dies in from an “asthma attack”; more protests. The people were not protesting the arrests of al-Qaeda suspects as the official media is suggesting. The southerners believe (true or not) the hunt for al-Qa’ida in Aden is a pretense in order to conduct security operations against secessionists. The assault on the jail may go back to some land theft scheme where al Qamish was cut out or that may just be an incidental side story. Its not al-Qaida’s first assault on the regime reflecting a new level of hostility as some suggest.

The National: Clashes renewed between the police and armed gangs after Friday prayers in Al-Saadah quarter in Yemen’s business capital of Aden, independent sources said.

Today’s confrontations were triggered by the death of a prisoner who was arrested when people took to streets on Thursday to protest mass arrests after Saturday’s deadly terrorist attack on the political security office in the province.

The cause of the death remained unclear.

Ahmed Al-Darwish was among about 9 people arrested in connection with the attack that the authorities said bore the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda.

Some reports noted that more than 20 arrests took place when police raided homes and carried out mass arrests in Al-Saadah and Alnasr quarters in Khour Maksar district known as hotbeds of armed outlaws and suspected terrorists.

Most of the arrested were suspected Al-Qaeda operatives, according to security sources. The raids triggered clashes between armed gangs and the police.

On Saturday, gunmen broke into the office in Al-Towahi city shooting bullets and detonating bombs at guards and civilians. Seven soldiers, three women and a child were killed and 15 others were injured.

A day later, the authorities said the mastermind of the attack had been arrested. He was identified as Ghawdal Muhammad Saleh Naji, who the authorities said was a terrorist.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry ordered the security forces to stay on heightened alert to face possible attacks and watch the southern coastline to prevent terrorists from infiltrating into the country.

JMP, PDC meet exiled southern leaders

Filed under: Civil Society, Diplomacy, JMP, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:30 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Al Beidh still a no show. The Preparatory Dialog Committee is working to create an alliance for a reformed, unified Yemen and the Houthis have signed on, but the hard-core southerners think its a ploy to dilute authentic opposition and keep Saleh in power through stalling tactics. (Not that Al-Beidh has done anything worthwhile but issue statements calling for demosntrations…) Others see a Saudi hand. The PDC defines the root of the crisis in Yemen as family rule. Saleh Habra’s speech on behalf of Abdelmalik al Houthi is pasted below. WJWC’s Tawwakol Karaman and MP Ahmed Saif Hashid recently resigned because they say all the PDC does is issue statements and it is not transparent or democratic in structure, fair points that can be applied to many civil society organizations. Some opposition political and civil leaders hold seminars and pass papers back and forth diagnosing the main problem as the centralization of power in Yemen, but there is nothing stopping them from modeling democracy themselves and they don’t.

Yemen Observer: Yemeni Media sources said that a meeting of the internal opposition and external opposition was held in Cairo. The meeting came out with terms of dialogue on unification efforts. The internal opposition was represented by a number of JMP leaders including Abdulwahab al-Anisi, Yasin Saeed Norman, Sultan al-Atwani as well as leaders from the PDC including Aidros al-Naqib, Sakhr al-Wjih, Ali Abdo Rabo al-Qadi and on top of them Mohammed Salem Ba Sondwa. Sheikh Hamis al-Ahmar who has prepared and financed the meeting was absent from this meeting. (Read on …)

Yemen: 4 killed, 8 wounded as military shells Al-Dhalia City

Filed under: A. A. Qaid reporting, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:37 pm on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

by Abdullah A. Qaid- for Armies of Liberation

23 June, Sana’a–Violent clashes between Yemeni troops and southern protesters are in their second day in al-Dhalia, southern Yemen. Three soldiers and a woman were reported killed. Eight were injured from both sides

Conflict erupted yesterday the army shelled Jahaf district with artillery fire accompanied by Katyusha rockets. The target zone extended to the city center of al-Dhalia, local sources said.

The Yemeni military authorities launched the campaign in order to break the siege on military camps imposed by armed locals. Military reinforcements of more than 20 units, several tanks and armored vehicles arrived in the area, witnesses said.

An armed faction loyal to the Southern Movement imposed the siege on the military camps four nights ago after the government reneged on a previous peace deal. Months ago, a presidential commission agreed to end the military blockade on al-Dhalia and withdraw from military outposts in the region in return for the activists’ pledge to open streets. However the military commander responsible for the agreement’s implementation refused to withdraw from the army’s quarters in the Jahaf section of al-Dhalia.

Protests began again in al-Dhalia when the army shelled residential areas on 8 June, killing five civilians and injuring about 20 others.

Lahj: Thousands in funeral procession

On Wednesday morning, thousands of supporters of the Southern Movement demonstrated in a funeral procession from Lahj to Radfan, southern of Yemen, to bury three activists killed by security forces days earlier during peaceful anti-government protests.

Sources said the participants raised the flags of the former South Yemen and green decals with pictures of the dead activists. They chanted slogans calling for the secession of the south from the north of Yemen.

The Southern Movement began in 2007 as a protest movement calling for equal rights for southerners and an end to perceived institutionalized discrimination against the region and its inhabitants since 1994’s civil war. The movement is a loose coalition of anti-government groups that largely remained peaceful in the face of repetitive state violence against protesters and widespread arbitrary arrests of demonstrators.

By Abdullah A. Qaid in Sana’a, Editing by Jane Novak

Peace Convoy from Taiz to try to Break the Blockade on Dhalie

Filed under: Civil Society, Lahj, South Yemen, Taiz — by Jane Novak at 7:56 am on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Taking a page from that ship to Gaza apparently, good! One important point here is that the convoy is coming from Taiz, the largest city in Yemen. If the police kill the Taiz protesters, it will inflame Taiz and get the city on its feet. I don’t mean to be cold, but deaths are a likely outcome. The Yemeni government has been killing southern protesters in cold blood for years. Neither is the blockade and shelling of Dhalie unexpected, its the same tactics of collective punishment of civilians used in the Saada Wars since 2005. The US is allied with and enabling a war criminal.

Yemen Post: A source at the public movement for justice and change in Taiz Province said on Tuesday that the movement in association with a number of activists, religious clerics, lawmakers and social figures is sending a humanitarian and peace convoy within efforts to lift the blockade on and condemn violence in Dhale Province in the south.

The convoy comes in protest at carnage, anonymous violence and vandalism the people are suffering in Dhale and bring the worsening situation and the months-long blockade to the media and human rights organizations, the source said.

The movement has been preparing the convoy for days and medics, lawyers and civil society organizations are participating in it, the source added.

MP Sultan Al-Sami’e, the spokesman for the convoy, said it comes as a symbol act in solidarity with the people in Dhale who have been under attacks and siege for months.

Furthermore, it comes to demonstrate our refusal to using force against the civilians and even in resolving problems, he said.

About 70 to 100 peace activists are taking part in the convoy carrying placards reading ‘ lift the blockade of Dhale’.

Almost two weeks ago, violence hit the blockaded Dhale killing and injuring more than a dozen people and destroying many homes.

The government blamed outlaws and separatists for the violence. But local sources said the city came under missile attacks from various directions by military camps around it.

The violence comes as the south can’t calm down amid an increasing wave of protest and rioting in the south with the people demanding resolving standing issues including injustices and sometimes seeking separation of the south.

Months ago, the government imposed a security cordon around the city in search for terrorists and outlaws.

Many protests and sit-inns have been staged to protest what the people said is militarizing the civil life in the city, one of the southern cities worst hit by rioting.

Lahj Yemen, 3 injured in clashes between soldiers and gunmen

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:24 am on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lahj: 3 injured in clashes between soldiers and gunmen
by Abdullah A. Qaid, For Armies of Liberation

Sana’a, 15 June- Three persons were injured in clashes between Yemeni soldiers and gunmen on Monday in the Alhabaylain district of Lahj,

The clashes broke out after a number of military personnel swarmed the town market, raising the ire of citizens who opened fire in the air and at the soldiers. The soldiers fired indiscriminately using handguns and rifles. The shooting lasted nearly an hour. The three injured victims including a woman were innocent bystanders.

In a another incident in Lahj, hundreds of supporters of Southern Movement demonstrated in Almosaimeer to condemn the securities attacks against residents in Dhalie the last week, in which six were killed and dozens were wounded.

South Yemen has seen growing public protests since 2007 calling for an end to institutionalized discrimination that arose after 1994’s civil war. State repression of the demonstrations included arbitrary arrests, indiscriminate violence and blockades, triggering more protests.

Aden: Mixing of drinking water with sewage

On Monday evening, Aden Security forces in Almuala’a disbursed dozens of protesters.

The angry demonstrators blocked streets and set garbage drums against the governorate building, protesting against contaminated drinking water.

The securities opened fire with live bullets and used batons against protesters. Police raided two houses in search of demonstrators, citizens said.

Residents of Aden complain their drinking water was contaminated by sewage, and water supplies suffer frequent interruptions.

Yemen Randomly Shells Dhalie, South Yemen

Filed under: Military, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:50 am on Monday, June 7, 2010

Update: death toll rises to six. Gruesome photos here. Reports, Security turned back an ambulance here. And an English report here

Original: The regime is using the same tactics in the South that it employed during the Sa’ada war that drove the war to six rounds, six years and thousands of casualties without resolution. Later reports indicate three dead including a child and eleven seriously wounded.

SANAA — Two people were killed and dozens wounded on Monday in what witnesses described as the “indiscriminate” shelling by the Yemeni army of the southern town of Daleh, a medical official said. (Read on …)

Yafee Tribes Vow to Protect Northern Workers after Anonymous Threats

Filed under: Civil Unrest, South Yemen, Tribes — by Jane Novak at 7:54 pm on Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Its hard to know who is making the threats, but turning to violence and apartheid is a bad idea.
Yemen Post:

Gunmen of the Southern Mobility gave workers from the provinces of Taiz and Ibb who work in the markets of Yafea in Lahj province, southern Yemen, a limited time until tomorrow Thursday as a deadline to leave Yafea and the South to their Northern areas.

According to News Yemen website, the gunmen distributed leaflets in Yafea lead by the Southern Mobility, called on workers of all the Northern provinces in Yafea markets to leave away. Meanwhile, Thursday is the deadline for their departures leaving their businesses and their living incomes.

On the other hand, a number of tribesmen of Yafea denounced the action of the armed elements of the Mobility in dealing with the workers; moreover, they stressed their willingness to defend the Northern workers.

Many tribes have described such practices as serious, and said that the armed elements of the Mobility are lack for tribal customs and the ethics of the tribesmen as well as to the Islamic practices.

Journalist Khaled Alwye and others arrested after May 22 amnesty

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, prisons — by Jane Novak at 6:07 am on Wednesday, June 2, 2010

26 May 2010, YAATC: Lawyer Osama Mansour said that security authorities in Aden arrested a number of persons last Friday in a campaign that targeted parents, activists and protesters who wanted to commemorate the so-called “Declaration of the disengagement” in the town of Sheikh Othman in Aden.

Mr. Mansour described the arrests as “kidnapping” and is calling for families of the detainees to determine their whereabouts.

The security authorities arrested a number of young activists in the campaign of arbitrary arrests, along with a number of residents and passers-by in the streets of Sheikh Osman on the morning of last Friday.

According to their counsel Mr. Mansour, among the newly arrested detainees (denied by the security, ie- disappeared) are activists Abdel Fattah al-Rubaie, the leader of the Youth Union and Walid al-Shuaibi, Mohamed Ahmed Hersi, Khalid Al Alawi.

Mr. Mansour said he received threats this morning to force him to abandon the issue of detainees. Prison is his fate, according to a communication he received.

Mansour commented that is a “a dangerous step,” stressing that he will continue to follow the issue of detainees, despite what he described as “threats.”

Human Rights Watch detailed the Yemeni government’s campaign of mass arbitrary arrests and violence against protesters in southern Yemen in a report entitled, In the Name of Unity.

Aden News Agency Announces Official Status

Filed under: Media, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 5:44 am on Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The South Yemeni news agency called Aden News Agency announced that the Agency is formally affiliated with the southern President Ali Salem Al-Bheed’s office.

According to our information, the ANA will be reporting the news in Arabic and English languages and will be the formal and authorized voice of South Yemen people. ANA will be transferring a clear picture to the world about what is happening In south Yemen including the systemic and massive violations of human rights and the Southerners’ rejection of the northerner occupation of their lands

Aden News Agency was formed in February 21, 1970 in Aden, the capital of People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (south Yemen). It was canceled after the occupation of the south by northern forces in 1994

With this announcement today, ANA is the first southern media institution in the south that formally requires the world to recognize them as the authorized mouthpiece of the former president and associated political structure. The site can be accessed at

Newspapers and news sites in Yemen are largely affiliated with political parties or organizations. For example, al Sahwa is the mouthpiece of the Islah party, al Esteraki is the outlet for the YSP and al Motamar is a state paper affiliated with the GPC. All advance the editorial line of their party within news reporting.

Pregnant Woman Dies at Aden Checkpoint Amid Broad Siege

Filed under: Janes Articles, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:42 pm on Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Yemeni military, finished destroying Sa’ada, have turned more attention to the south, using the same tactics of collective punishment including blockade, denying the freedom of movement as well as the import of food, gas and medicine. There’s a siege for the past 16 days in Radfan, Yafea, al Dhala, al Melah, al Habeelan, al Shaib, Gahaf, Lazarik, and Shabwah. On the 18th, the military began shelling al Habeelan, Lahj following a bloody clashes.

Reports indicate a heavy military mobilization including tanks, missiles and other artillery but are difficult to confirm in the total media blackout. An American journalist was expelled from Yemen last week after visiting Yafee, a center of southern resistance. On May 24, a pregnant woman attempting to get to a hospital in Aden was stopped at a military checkpoint and later died in childbirth.

On May 22, the 20th anniversary of Yemeni unity, President Saleh announced the pardon of southern journalists and other political prisoners and several high profile journalists were released, but others remain imprisoned and hundreds of others arrested during protests remain jailed. An ambush in al Rahda, Lahj Two soldiers were ambushed killed two soldiers and wounded 11. Another ambush in al Melah killed one soldier, and authorities have accused renegade elements of the southern independence movement with the attacks.

Soldier killed in Lahj, Sami Dyan Group Member Arrested

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 8:49 am on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Negotiations afoot one would think. Sami Dyan’s group made a deal with the Defense Minister during the battle of Ja’ar.

Yemen Times: SANAA, April 24 (Xinhua) — A Yemeni military soldier was killed in the restive southern province of Lahj, where separatist sentiments are deeply rife, local news website reported….Meanwhile, the report said that security forces arrested a most wanted man in al-Habilain city of Lahj province, one of the leaders of a brutal criminal group in the province.

“The man, identified as Bassam Abdullah al-Said, was captured while he was hiding in a hotel in al-Habilain,” said a security official.

“The group includes al-Qaida’s member Samiee Daiyan and other killers,” said the official, adding that “al-Said and his group were accused of killing several citizens and government troops, as well as committing acts of terrorism.”

North and South, State Violence Continues

Filed under: Saada War, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:05 am on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Southern Protests Threaten Stability a report from IRIN: Aidarous al-Naqeeb, a member of parliament from the opposition Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP), told IRIN up to 150 protesters had been killed and more than 500 injured since the SM emerged in 2006.

Reuters Three people were wounded in a north Yemen city market as rebels exchanged fire with pro-government tribes who then cut the road between the northern rebel stronghold and the capital, officials said on Tuesday… The pro-government tribe cut the road in revenge for rebels killing a tribe member four days earlier, officials said.

Rebels said “government elements” opened fire on shoppers in a market on Monday and later cut off the main road to Sanaa. “They put the province under blockade conditions, showing that they are getting outside support in order to stir anxiety and chaos once more,” a statement on the rebels’ website said.

Despite Promises, Southern Prisoners in Hadramout Not Released

Filed under: Presidency, South Yemen, prisons — by Jane Novak at 7:52 am on Monday, April 26, 2010

Time after time, after time after time, Saleh makes promises and fails to deliver. The Bahsraheel sons are still in jail after last week’s announcement of their impending release and 30 prisoners in Hadramout are on a hunger strike to force the president to live up to his word that political prisoners in the governorate would be released. The strikes by a variety of unions are related to the failure of the state to implement the 2005 Wages Strategy that was devised following the fuel riots.

Yemen Times SANAA, April 20 (Xinhua) — Up to 30 Yemeni political prisoners arrested over anti-unity counts went on an open hunger strike, protesting not being released, security officials said Sunday.

The prisoners began an open hunger strike on Saturday to press local authorities to free them upon a pardon granted by the country’s president early this month, according to a statement signed by the relatives of the detainees. (Read on …)

More 10 Year Sentences for Southerners

Filed under: Hadramout, South Yemen, Trials — by Jane Novak at 11:23 am on Saturday, April 24, 2010

AFP SANAA — A Yemeni court sentenced four southern separatists activist to 10 years in prison on Saturday for “harming national unity,” Saba state news agency said.

Abdullah Rajeh al-Yahari, Salem Ali al-Habshi, Nasser Mahfuz Baqazquz and Nasser Abdullah Bamithqal were convicted by a criminal court in Hadramut of “committing criminal acts aimed at harming national unity,” it said.

The list of charges included “violating the constitution, instigating armed rebellion, mobilising people to disobey constitutional authorities and the laws and spreading false information aimed at jeopardising peace and security.” The same court jailed Khalid Khamees Batalila to one year, followed by a year under surveillance, after convicting him of “chanting slogans that called for disobedience,” Saba said.

Southern Movement Leaders Reject Unsupervised Dialog

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:46 pm on Friday, April 23, 2010

They want a UN supervised referendum on unity. Thats about the only thing they agree on. They have done little to create a standardized representative mechanism throughout the South or even in the hot spots of Lahj and Dhalie. Its a rather comprehensive poll of southern leaders, but I think Nuba is missing and also that guy in the mountains, Shatour. There are also regular southern citizens who want a just system not necessarily separation.

Survey made by Aden News Agency: Southern Movement leaders refuse dialogues with Sana’a except under supervision of UN, and independence

Provinces / Aden News Agency / Exclusive / 22-04-2010

Leaders in the Southern Movement revived their absolute refusal to make any dialogues with the Yemeni government, except under an international supervision, and to discuss what they call it “disassembling the unification and leaving the land of the south”.

Leaders in the Southern Movement said through different talks to “Aden News Agency”, that they refuse any call of dialogue aims to exhaust time, and does not have international guarantees, indicating that any dialogue will be refused, except when the regime of the Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh confess that it occupied the south, and that it represents an occupation force. (Read on …)

Preacher tries to prevent slaughter, arrested

Filed under: Religious, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 7:43 pm on Friday, April 23, 2010

The Yemeni military has bombed mosques and engaged in other acts of irreverence. In this case, police wanted to shoot protesters from the roof.

Sahwa Net – Three people were injured on Thursday during confrontations between security forces and precipitants of a funeral possession of a person who was killed by security men during prior protests.

Meanwhile, security forces arrested a mosque Imam Adel al-Jaadi as he refused to allow soldiers to up on the roof of the mosque and shoot fire on protestors. Al-Jaadi explained in a statement to Sahwa Net that the mosque was boycotted (surrounded?) by soldiers who centered on the mosque ground, so the women could not perform prayers inside the mosque.

Al Ayyam Staff to be Released?

Filed under: Aden, Civil Rights, Media, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:18 pm on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

That would be very good.

France24: AFP – Yemeni authorities have reached agreement with management of the banned Al-Ayyam daily to free three detained staff members, the newspaper’s director told AFP on Wednesday.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh met with Al-Ayyam staff members Tuesday and promised to ensure the trio would be freed, said the director, Bashraheel Hisham Bashraheel.

He named the three as Hani Hisham Bashraheel, Mohammed Hisham Bashraheel and Arhab Hassan Yassin. (Read on …)

18 Killed, 120 Wounded in 245 Protests since Jan. UPDATE: 36 Southern Civilians

Filed under: Abyan, Lahj, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:34 am on Sunday, April 18, 2010

The civilian fatalities seem low. I’ll check with the record keeper of the south.

Update: According to southern sources, “the report figure is (36) Southern civilians. Some were killed while protesting, and some killed at security forces check points, their houses, farms, or assassinated by northern security forces.”

SANAA — Eighteen people were killed and 120 wounded in south Yemen violence during the first quarter of 2010, according to a report presented to parliament on Saturday by the deputy interior minister.

Ten members of the security forces were killed and 48 wounded while eight civilians were killed and 72 wounded, the defence ministry’s news website quoted the report by Saleh Zuari as saying.

The unrest centred on the southern province of Daleh and some districts in Lahij and Abyan provinces, said the report, according to the website.

The report also said there were “245 protests and strikes” and “87 bombings and shootings” in the same areas during the first three months of the year.

Demonstration in a Sanaa Stadium

Filed under: Civil Society, Civil Unrest, Corruption, Sana'a, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 9:36 am on Saturday, April 17, 2010

thats new

Yemenis protest against surging prices, south ‘violations’

Thousands of Yemenis demonstrated on Thursday following a call by opposition parties to protest against rising goods prices as well as the authorities’ “violations” against southern activists.

Around 10,000 people gathered in a Sanaa stadium to protest against a recent 15 percent rise in custom duties on 71 types of imported goods, which pushed prices up in the impoverished country, an AFP correspondent reported.

“No to hunger, no to intimidation,” chanted demonstrators, referring also to Sanaa’s policy in dealing with southerners. (Read on …)

Seige and protests continue in South Yemen

Filed under: Lahj, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:00 am on Monday, April 12, 2010

Related: 1) Al Fadhli suspends truce with government, 2) Youtube video shows dead protester being dragged around by security forces, 3) Aden Press Agency reports a military build up in advance of a funeral march and 4) Women visiting hospital arrested in Aden.

DALEH, Yemen (AFP)
– A bomb wounded two Yemeni civilians in Daleh on Thursday, as police fired warning shots to disperse protestors in the southern town hit by a series of strikes, activists said. (Read on …)

Open War on Journalists and Bloggers Continues in Yemen

Filed under: Media, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:57 pm on Saturday, April 10, 2010

This poor guy is in jail for a year for publishing news of the southern unrest on his website.

Sahwa Net – Editor-in-chief of a Yemeni news website, Faud Rushdi was attacked on Thursday by a group of prisoners inside the Central Prison in Sana’a’.
(Read on …)

Saleh Interview vs. Billboard

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Presidency, South Yemen, Yemen, photos/gifs — by Jane Novak at 10:03 am on Thursday, April 8, 2010

A PSA from your friendly neighborhood dictator: Unity or Death!

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The following is really an incredible interview. Saleh is quite delusional. Murdering your own citizens in “normal” and a regular democratic practice, he says. Everything is fine in the south, and there’s no cause for concern but the idea of federalism is aposty! Saleh also retracts prior accusations of Iranian support of the Houthi rebels.

He who calls for secession has no place among sons of the Yemeni people: President
Monday, 05-April-2010 – President Ali Abdullah Saleh has emphasized that the Yemeni unity was founded to stay and protected by the will of the people and there is not worry about it from any tempests or bubbles emerging every now and then.

In his response to a question on the situations in the southern and eastern provinces, President Saleh said, “The situation in the southern and eastern provinces is ordinary and some media outlets rage or magnify what happens in Yemen, as it is considered a democratic country, whether those were sits-in or demonstrations or protests, happen in Yemen as it happens in any country in the world.” (Read on …)

Saleh orders protesters, rebels and journalists freed

Filed under: Hadramout, Media, Presidency, Saada War, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 6:20 pm on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I really hope this is true, not only for the individuals detained but also for the chance of a lasting peace in the Sa’ada War. It would be the first evidence of learning I’ve seen yet, usually its the same mistakes over and over, and bigger and bigger. The political prisoners are a hot button issue that just creates more instability and resentment. Of course this is coming on the heels of the sentences in the south including the college professor sentenced to three years for an article. As always the same caveat, I’ll believe it when I see it. The regime announced the release of 635 Houthis several times from 2005-2008, but they were never actually released. Now they are announcing 161 prisoners were released but no one can confirm it yet. Another tangential question is, are there going to be al Qaeda mixed in, as an accommodation to the fact that some of the leadership fled to Somalia.

News Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered the release of all detainees in connection with anti-government protests in Hadramout province over the past months including journalist Fuad Rashid.

President Saleh’s order came in response to a call by leading members of the Joint Meeting Parties, political and social figures and members of the local authority and the Shura Council for the release of all detainees, MP for Islah party Mohsen Basura told News Yemen.

The JMP’s members have urged President Saleh to release detainees in order to pave the way for a national dialogue and making peace in Hadramout, Basura said.

On Monday, President Saleh ordered the authorities in Hadramout to release journalist Awadh Kashmim who was detained for two weeks.

The authorities have also recently released 161 Houthi rebels arrested during conflict with the army in northern Sa’ada.

Last Wednesday, the opposition Joint Meeting Parties demanded that the authorities release detainees and stop pursuing political activists and journalists as one of several conditions to start a real dialogue on political and economic reforms in the country.

One killed in Lahj, 30 Escape in Dhalie

Filed under: Lahj, South Yemen, al Dhalie, prisons — by Jane Novak at 7:47 am on Thursday, April 1, 2010

In another version of the story, the police threw the bomb at the inmates. The Yemen Times recaps the protests and violence in Lahj and Dhalie. Update: 26 September says Interior Ministry denies the report (this is version four of the story) and says the media is repeating the news in an effort to create confusion.

SANAA, April 1 (Xinhua) — More than 30 detainees escaped on Thursday after a bomb attacked a prison in the troubled southern Yemeni province of al-Dhalee, security officials in al-Dhalee told Xinhua.

The attack took place early morning when pro-independence protesters took to street and headed to the Security Administration building in the capital city of al-Dhalee, demanding the release of their fellow jailed people, said the sources.

“They approached the security building in an attempt to break in and threw a bomb at the nearby door of the building’s prison,” said the security official on condition of anonymity.

“The explosion almost smashed the prison’s door,” said the source, adding that “undetermined (number of) inmates and policemen were wounded and more than 30 prisoners escaped.”

Additional security troops were deployed around and in the city of al-Dhalee in a bid to chase the escaped prisoners and arrest the rioters.

Meanwhile, in southern Yemeni province of Lahj, at least one southern protester was killed and two others injured Thursday when a demonstration to demand the release of pro-separatist prisoners sparked into clashes with security forces, according to the same source.

Professor gets three years jail time for an article about corruption, Fadi Baoum five years

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Unrest, Judicial, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:13 am on Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The National:

The Yemeni state security court in the capital sentenced Hussein Muthana al Akil, a professor at Aden University, to three years in prison for supporting the growing secessionist movement. Fadi Hasan Ba’om, the son of a senior leader in the movement, was given five years for calling for the separation of southern Yemen, instigating civil disorder and violent acts and inciting sectarian division and hatred among the Yemeni people.

The sentences were the latest setback for the southern movement, which is facing increasing pressure from the embattled Yemeni government in Sana’a.

Judge Ridhwan al Namir said al Akil was guilty of publishing “false information and inciting an armed disobedience and committing crimes aimed at harming national unity as well as abusing the president of the republic”. The court said al Akil published articles in which he wrote that “the northern occupation forces are looting the oil of the south”. (Read on …)

Former ambassador gets five years in jail for organizing a protest

Filed under: South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:12 am on Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sana’a, Yemen – A Yemeni state security court on Sunday convicted a former ambassador to Mauritania to five years in jail for his support to secessionist groups in the south of the Arab country.

Presiding Judge Muhssien Alwan said the defendant, Qassim Askar Jubran, was found guilty of “inciting an armed disobedience and committing crimes aimed at harming national unity.”

Jubran, who appeared behind bars at the courtroom for the verdict session, said he would not appeal against the ruling saying: “basically, there is no justice.” (Read on …)

Nasser al Nuba, head of the (Southern) Military Retired Coalition, Calls for War Crimes Tribunal

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, statements — by Jane Novak at 4:14 pm on Saturday, March 27, 2010

And a damned fine idea it is. ( For Nuba’s 2008 interview with me, click here.) The following is the google translated version of General Nuba’s statement today, original Arabic follows:

Gentlemen / presidents, kings, princes and leaders of the Arab nation distinguished

Peace be upon you and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you,,,

You are holding the Arab Summit Conference on the land of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya sister, our people (the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Yemen) on the basis of religion and brotherhood and neighborliness and self-determination of peoples looking forward to your August Assembly and commented on by great hopes, to support him than Gore in the throes of the comprehensive blockade imposed by the Yemeni occupying forces since the war of aggression in 1994 and fully extend its influence by force of arms in the south and its people, who reached the highest levels these days of tight security during the closure of large areas and cutting off communications and barriers launched many military campaigns that led to the killing and displacement of innocent people and the destruction of of houses, mass arrests and use of artillery and missile and air strikes on villages and towns in different regions of the occupied south .. Therefore we appeal to your August Assembly to accelerate the formation of a fact-finding commission in the south for the crimes of the occupation forces against our unarmed people. (Read on …)

Southern Bombing Creates New Refugees, Update: State Arrests Blood Donors, Seizes al Jazeera Equipment

Filed under: Media, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 3:07 pm on Thursday, March 11, 2010

Numerous people are injured with gunshot wounds. They even arrested blood donors: Local sources said that the security forces in Aden governorate arrested on Saturday night, more than five persons who were near the hospital, Captain of Aden, on the background they come to donate blood for a number of injured in the demonstrations on Thursday in Dali and developed the plaza, as well as several of their relatives.

Many doctors were arrested during the Sa’ada War for treating injured civilians or suspected rebels. The state denied MSF access to the injured as well. These barbaric tactics have become the norm for the Yemeni state.

Update: And of course the only logical thing to do at this point is confiscate al Jazeera’s transmitter: Argument Net: press reports revealed that the security forces on Thursday raided the Office of the channel “Al Jazeera” in Sanaa and the confiscation of the transmitter of the Office because of his coverage of opposition protests. The development of the past after violent clashes erupted between Yemeni security forces and elements of mobility in the southern Dali and pilgrimage. al Masdar has an interview with Al Jazeera correspondent Murad Hashim in which he reports threats from the authorities to take this step if al Jazeera broadcast news of the southern protests.

Yemen Post: Families in Yemen’s southern province of Dhale are fleeing the city to other safe places as security remains tight and raids on homes and arrests in connection with the search for outlaws and separatists continue.

Many families have left their homes after they came under attack since last Saturday when security forces imposed a security cordon around many districts in the province and started to bomb homes and arrest innocents. (Read on …)

Four Killed in Southern Yemen as Protests Swell

Filed under: South Yemen, War Crimes — by Jane Novak at 10:47 am on Thursday, March 11, 2010

Nothing like a crackdown, tanks assaults, tear gas and inflammatory language to bring stability.

NYT: Yemeni forces launched an attack Thursday to recapture a government building occupied by separatists in the south of the country, setting off a gunfight that killed two people, a local official and witnesses said. (Read on …)

South Yemen unrest an internal affair US says, Saleh launches tank assault

Filed under: Presidency, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:18 am on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

03/03/10 News Yemen: The visiting US Department of State Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, said in an interview to official al-Thawra on Wednesday, the crisis in southern Yemen is a Yemeni internal affair, but he said issues behind the crisis should be solved.

Immediately afterward, Yemen cut the phone lines and launched an assault in the south that included night time raids of activists, arrests, and military assaults on Dhalie and other locations with tanks and armored vehicles. As the tanks are firing, Saleh invites the southerners to dialog, while the GPC pushes the line that whole thing is the JMP’s fault: “well-known leaderships in the JMP manage the action of those stray forces and deal with them as the military wing of the opposition.”

(Read on …)

Yemen: Pre-dawn raid kills man who hung effigy of Saleh

Filed under: Janes Articles, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:27 am on Thursday, March 4, 2010


On Monday, Yemeni authorities announced the death of Ali Saleh al Yafie, labeled by authorities as an al Qaeda operative. Two soldiers and several members of al Yafie’s family were also killed in the raid on his home in Abyan including a seven year-old granddaughter.

Al Yafie was an activist in the populist movement which calls for the independence of southern Yemen. On Sunday, al Yafie burned an effigy of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh during an anti-government rally in Zanzibar, Abyan. Activists allege that Monday’s deadly raid was in retaliation for al Yafie’s actions at the demonstration. His family said he had no relation to al Qaeda.

Yemeni authorities often conflate domestic political opposition with al Qaeda in a bid to gain international backing. Sana’a repeatedly accused both the northern Houthi rebels and the southern secessionists of links to al Qaeda, however the central government of Ali Abdullah Saleh itself has struck numerous deals with al Qaeda’s leadership and operatives over the last decades.

The New York Times reported last week rhat Osama bin Laden supplied weapons, ammunition and fighters from abroad to bolster the military efforts of the Saleh regime in 1994’s civil war. Saleh also deployed jihaddists in the five year northern Sa’ada War that began in 2004.

According to al Eshteraki, the website of the Socialist Party, witnesses to the raid said security forces took cover in the minaret of a mosque near al Yafie’s home and opened fire on the house with machine guns, RPG’s and tear gas. Al Yafie and his sons returned fire. Al Yafie’s wife and daughter were injured in the shoot-out and hospitalized. His son was arrested.

The incident is the latest in an ongoing stream of fatalities in south Yemen where mass protests began in 2007 calling for equal rights. Over 100 unarmed protesters have been killed during protests since then and over a thousand arrested including political leaders, journalists, children and activists. The deaths and arrests triggered new protests as the cycle of state violence and civil unrest engulfed the region.

Protesters claim they were denied equal rights and opportunities after north and south Yemen unified into a single state in 1990. Government overtures to lessen tensions have been half-hearted and sporadic. In 2007, the central government said it would pay military pensions overdue by a decade in return for a pledge by former military officers to refrain from peaceful political activity. The offer was rejected.

The movement is loosely organized and generally pledges allegiance to the former president of South Yemen, Ali Salem al Beidh, who said on Wednesday that unity had “failed completely,” Radio Sawa reported. Al Beidh, who was exiled to Oman following the civil war, condemned the state’s violence against the protesters and warned that “things cannot go on as they are.”

Demonstrations continued this week throughout the south as police arrested over 100 southern activists. Yemen has thousands of political prisoners of all stripes in jail, and many are subjected to torture.

In February, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), in concert with 24 other rights groups, said the Yemeni government was habitually “taking brutal retaliatory actions against human rights defenders, journalists and critics of the regime’s policies.” In the statement, IFEX called on Yemen’s government to end kidnappings, forced disappearances, torture and arbitrary arrests.

On Wednesday, the US Department of State Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, said in an interview to official al-Thawra, the crisis in the south is an internal affair, but he said issues behind the crisis should be solved.

Tariq al Fadhli Profile

Filed under: Biographies, South Yemen, history — by Jane Novak at 11:12 pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

dtd 3/3/10

NYT: IT is not often that you see an old comrade in arms of Osama bin Laden hoisting the American flag outside his home.

Yet there on the videotape was Tareq al-Fadhli, the hero of jihadist campaigns in Afghanistan and South Yemen, raising Old Glory in the courtyard of his house, not far from here, earlier this month. As the tape continues, Mr. Fadhli can be seen standing solemnly at attention, dressed in a khaki shirt and a cloth headdress, as “The Star-Spangled Banner” blasts from a sound system nearby. (Read on …)

Air raid kills Central Security members?

Filed under: Abyan, Counter-terror, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:44 pm on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Renewed air strikes in the province of Abyan Aden News Agency:

أبين / وكالة أنباء عدن / خاص / 15 مارس آذار 2010 Show / Agency Aden / private / 15 March 2010
قال سكان محليون بمحافظة أبين شرق عدن أن طائرات حربية استأنفت صباح اليوم غارات جوية على مديريتي لودر ومودية من دون الإشارة إلى وجود ضحايا. Local residents said in Abyan governorate of Aden warplanes resumed air raids Friday morning on the departments of Lauder and claiming without reference to the presence of the victims. (Read on …)

PSA: 1994’s Document of Pledge and Accord

Filed under: South Yemen, reports — by Jane Novak at 9:58 am on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The document of Pledge and Accord is posted here in English. The document was drafted as a last ditch effort to avoid a civil war in Yemen, and its recommendations were ignored. Fifteen years later, all the problems are the same but more so, including Saleh’s tendency to use al Qaeda to attack his opponents, and the solutions presented in the document remain a valid course of action to save the nation from imploding. The Yemenis’ answer in 1994 was power sharing and popular empowerment, as required by the constitution, but the criminal networks were and are too well entrenched in the Yemeni central government to allow that to happen. The document is also linked on the side bar under “Research Resources.” Ah, maybe I’ll just post it again for the people on subscription:

The Document of Pledge and Accord, 1994

Issued by the Political Forces Dialogue Committee,
18 January, 1994

Note by al Bab: This translation, originally published in the Yemen Times, is the only version currently available in English. Although it generally reflects the content of the document, there are some ambiguities and inaccuracies. Anyone intending to quote the document is advised to check the Arabic original.

Quote: Praised be the Lord who said, “Join hands together all of you around the truth of God and do not go separate ways.”

During the period from 1/6/1414 till 7/8/1414 H (equivalent to 23/11/93 till 18/l/1994), the Dialogue Committee of the Political Forces held steady and continued meetings in Sanaa and Aden in a national and sincere effort to contain the crisis which the nation has witnessed, and to arrive at real outlets for the unification procession which started on 22/5/1990, and to promote the process of consolidation of unity, democracy, stability, and construction of a state based on law and order and institutions.

The efforts of the Dialogue Committee came at a time when the crisis reached such levels that could not be neglected. So the people of Yemen joined hands in put a decisive end to the crisis and its destructive fall-out which would have impacted the unity, cohesion, and all the achievements of the people made over a long and arduous struggle in which the martyrs gave their lives and blood.

Yemen appeared to the world as if about to fall in a deep chasm because of the situation of lack of trust due to the mistakes, excesses, and dangerous overlapping of responsibilities and duties, lack of commitment to the laws and constitution all of which accumulated over time leading to a major deterioration in the security and economic conditions which have negatively affected our people in a sad way. (Read on …)

Funeral for Southern Yemeni Tortured to Death

Filed under: Civil Rights, Security Forces, South Yemen, War Crimes — by Jane Novak at 8:14 am on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

(ed-This poor guy was just sitting in his car when the police grabbed him, tortured him brutally for three days and then shot him in the head in a bit of drunken hilarity.)


Thousands of Southern Yemenis marched in the funeral Monday of 28 year old Fares Zaid al Tamah, who died in police custody in Aden on January 30. Mr. al Tamah was allegedly tortured to death in the latest incident of escalating government violence against activists and protesters in Yemen.

Separatist sentiment is running high in southern Yemen where 70% of residents favor dissolution of the unified state. Activists claim they have been illegally occupied since 1994’s civil war while southern oil deposits and land were looted by the tribesmen and relatives of northern President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The deceased was arrested in Abyan in his Landcruiser, his relatives said, while he was listening to an audio of the singer Aboud Khawaga, whose material often includes political themes.

Mr. al Tamah was killed following three days of torture, activists allege. He was hung from the ceiling upside down for 12 hours, burnt with cigar butts and shocked with electricity, other prisoners in the Malla police station reported. On January 30, Mr. al Tamah was found dead on the floor in a pool of blood by visitors.

Stretching for miles, the funeral march began at Aljamohria hospital in Aden and concluded at the southern martyrs cemetery Radfan, Lahj . Mr. Al Tamah was buried alongside dozens of other southerners killed by Yemeni security forces.

Protests began in 2007 calling for equal rights and political inclusion and were met by mass arrests. Dozens of unarmed protesters have been killed by police in southern Yemen, Human Rights Watch found. A pattern of wide spread and brutal abuses characterized the state’s response to the growing protests, triggering a spiral of “repression, protests, and more repression.”

A report issued by a southern activist last week detailed 147 civilians killed by Yemeni security forces in the last year.

In November, Amnesty International issued a statement noting that “torture and other ill-treatment are widespread practices in Yemen and are committed, generally with impunity, against both detainees held in connection with politically motivated acts or protests and ordinary criminal suspects. Methods of torture and other ill-treatment are reported to include beatings all over the body with sticks, rifle butts, punching, kicking, prolonged suspension by the wrists or ankles, burning with cigarettes, being stripped naked, denial of food and prompt access to medical help, as well as threats of sexual abuse.”

HOOD, a leading Yemeni civil rights advocacy group in Yemen, disclosed this week that it had obtained video evidence of prisoner torture at the Criminal Investigation Prison in Taiz province. Ammar al-Tayar, 23 years old, was in custody of the Shar’ab al-Salam Security after a family dispute on January 16, 2010. Al-Tayar alleged he was subjected to beatings, electric shock and burning at the prison by three men while he was blindfolded. The video tape revealed scars and other indications of the torture, which were on his upper region of the shoulders, back, fingers and different parts of his body.

The UN’s Committee against Torture found the “widespread practice of torture and ill-treatment” in Yemen. Yemen failed to appear as requested at the UN Committee’s examination.

Journalist Mohammed al Maqaleh described his four months of torture to a union representative in February as including severe beatings, mock executions and starvation. Amnesty International has repeatedly issued statements warning that southern editors Hasham, Hani and Mohammed Bashraheel are at risk of severe torture since their “arrest” in January.

Saleh Trash Talks Southerners

Filed under: Presidency, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 8:56 am on Monday, February 22, 2010

One of the many logical errors in Saleh’s statement is that he conflates the current southern movement with the 1994 secessionists, when today’s protesters are generally young people, many of whom weren’t born when unity occurred.

President: secessionism calls, anti-unity logos taken as major national felony
SANA’A, Feb. 16 (Saba) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Tuesday that the call for secessionism and raising logos against the great Yemeni unity are a major national felony, and those who support such misleading ridiculous calls are those who harmed the Yemeni people in the south at the time of separation along 25 years and practiced various kinds of suppression, oppression and torture against them. (Read on …)

Nuba’s Southern Faction Rejects al Fadhli’s Call for Civil Disobedience

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Unrest, Lahj, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 1:13 pm on Sunday, February 21, 2010

First, AFP: The arrests of the 72 “outlaw partisans” were made on Tuesday in Lahj province, the ministry’s news website cited Mohsen al-Naqib, the province’s governor, as saying.

Second, Al Fadhli announces “a stone intifada” ratcheting up the civil unrest a level. But considering the fragmented nature of the southern movement, its not a decision that has the approval of all the factions. The movement was established two years before al Fadhli joined and has been dedicated to a non-violent strategy, as the following statement points out as the National Authority for the Independence of the South rejects al Fadhli’s invitation:

Statement issued by the Supreme National Authority for the independence of the South -
Brothers, heads and members of the components of this popular movement Abyan province and to all the loyal stakeholders in a peaceful popular movement in the southern province of Abyan. (Read on …)

Maybe 146 Civilians

Filed under: Abyan, Air strike, Counter-terror, South Yemen, Yemen — by Jane Novak at 10:04 pm on Friday, February 12, 2010

A quick note on the post below: casualty number 87 through 135 were killed in the December 17th air raid in Abyan on the Qaeda camp next to the Bedouin village. There’s at least one al Qaeda terrorist in there, maybe more. By the same token, there are also several children among the 48 causalities listed by name. The villagers complained to local authorities about the al Qaeda presence in the weeks before they were bombed.

This was the raid that prompted President Obama to call President Saleh with congratulations, even before the full details had emerged. There was never any mention of the civilians by the US, and western media outlets still refer to 30 terrorists killed. The air strike was widely perceived at the time in the south as the beginning of an air war against the southerners, similar to the carpet bombing of Sa’ada and the earlier bombing of civilians in Lahj. There was a great deal of insecurity, and little has been done since to alleviate that sense of deliberate targeting of political opposition.

However since that time, as I mentioned before, the US flag has been raised (not burned) at southern protests. Its quite an unusual occurrence in the Middle East and worth a second look. I wish I could think of a better analogy than Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who (We are here! We are here!) but that’s what’s coming to mind after a week of being snowed in with my kids. Then there’s al Fadhli and the Star Spangled Banner. That was funky. Yes, I realize the stripes are going the wrong way on the photo below, but they get points for effort.


Yemen Murdered 147 Southern Civilians Last Year

Filed under: Abyan, Aden, Civil Unrest, Lahj, South Yemen, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, al Dhalie — by Jane Novak at 1:44 pm on Friday, February 12, 2010

The citizens killed range from age 18 months old to 70 years. For example, #36 this poor dude, Wadhah Husseen Ali, was shot in the head by security forces at a checkpoint a week after this photo was taken. They sought him out among the crowd. The opposition leadership vacuum in Yemen is not for lack of courage.

Wadhah Husseen Ali.bmp

I have the original PDF of the following report. It comes with photos, brutal photos. If anyone would like a copy, email me at

Illegal killing committed by the Yemeni occupation forces against the Southerners during the period of February 9, 2009 to February 9, 2010

Victims of the Massacre

Preparation and drafting: Awad Ali Haidarah

Introduction:This is the second report of its kind, which we issued on extra-Legal killing and political assassination by the Yemeni occupation forces against the southern civilians and activists. The first report covered the period from July 7, 1994 until February 9, 2009. It documented 215 murders and assassinations of political cases; including 13 children, 10 women, and 3 elderly. This report covers the period from February 9, 2009 to February 9, 2010. The report publication coincides with the celebration of Memorial Day on February 11. (Read on …)

Tariq al Fadhli Raises the US Flag

Filed under: South Yemen, USA — by Jane Novak at 1:53 pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Not something you see everyday, southern Yemeni oppositionist Tarik al Fadhli raises the US flag (with anthem) over his compound in Abyan:

As I mentioned in my article, US flags are popping up at southern demonstrations “like a distress signal for rescue from tyranny.”

Southern Political Prisoner Killed in Jail, Triggers Protest

Filed under: Civil Rights, Security Forces, South Yemen, Targeting, War Crimes — by Jane Novak at 11:19 pm on Monday, February 1, 2010

Killed while in police custody in Ma’alla

Aden News Agency:

Local sources in Aden – one the largest cities in the south of Yemen- have declared that the political prisoner ( Faris Zeid Abullkareem Tamah ) was killed by the police of Al-Malla’a city in Aden, after being kept there for days, while the circumstances of his death still unknown until this moment. (Read on …)

Southern Politician Assassinated

Filed under: Abyan, South Yemen, Targeting, War Crimes, Yemen, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 10:58 pm on Monday, February 1, 2010

World Bulletin

A Yemeni provincial opposition politician thought to be active in a southern separatist movement was gunned down in south Yemen, his party and local residents said on Monday.

The Yemeni Socialist Party said Saeed Ahmed Abdullah bin Daoud was shot dead on Friday in the southern town of Zanjibar in Abyan province, adding on its website that the province was in “an unprecedented state of disorder”.

Zanjibar residents said bin Daoud, a member of the Socialist party’s leadership committee in the town, was also involved with southern separatists seeking independence from the central government.

There was no immediate word on the reasons for the killing.

Huge Protest in Dhalie Today

Filed under: Donors, UN, South Yemen, UK, USA — by Jane Novak at 9:47 am on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Slideshow, click here.

Yemen Shoots Protesters Demanding a Free Press

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Unrest, Media, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 2:35 pm on Saturday, January 23, 2010

In other news, the UK raises its alert level prior to the Yemen conference, the US is searching for Western female suicide bombers trained in Yemen, and Carlos Bledsoe says his lethal attack on a Arkansas recruiting station was jihad, justified by Islamic law and that he is linked to AQAP.

Sahwa Net – Thousands of people in various areas of South Yemen have taken into streets on Thursday, protesting the release of detainees of what is called the Southern Movement and calling the London Conference to be held on next Wednesday to consider their grievances.

In Radfan city, thousands of people took into streets shouting anti-regime slogans, calling in the same time, the London conference to put and end to violations against newspapers and journalists in Yemen.

During the protest, one person was wounded and other 25 were arrested by the Yemeni authorities which shot fire and heavily used tear gas to disperse the protests.

The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called an international conference in London to discuss how to help Yemen to tackle extremism.

Yemeni Southern Opposition Leader al Nuba Writes the Brits

Filed under: South Yemen, UK — by Jane Novak at 11:01 am on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mr. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown … Esquire
Mr. Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki mon … Esquire
Mr. Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Amr Moussa, … Esquire
Gentlemen, participants at the London Conference …

Honorable Greetings …

In the beginning, allow us to extend our thanks and appreciation to the international community to pay attention to issues in Yemen and in the forefront of those issues is the people of the south (the people of the Republic of Yemen People’s Democratic Republic earlier) that the people who introduced authoritarian rule and his socialist alone is not equal and is not a referendum with the Republic of This culminated in the Yemen Arab occupation of the entire module of the South by force after the summer war in 1994. (Read on …)

Editors Hisham, Mohammed and Hani Bashraheel Arrested and at Risk of Torture: Amnesty International

Filed under: Media, South Yemen — by Jane Novak at 11:25 am on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Where is US Ambassador Seche, who visited the Bashraheels previously when they were under house arrest? Al Ayyam under the bus in exchange for Saleh’s pretense of cooperation against al Qaeda. And its a poor pretense at that. The US will never diminish the al Qaeda threat from Yemen as long as the adminstration keeps siding with the wrong people (thieves and killers) and keeps sacrificing “those seeking justice” who Obama mistakenly says we support. More here.


another son of Hisham Bashraheel arrested

Another son of al-Ayyam editor-in-chief Hisham Bashraheel is now known to have been detained after a demonstration about action taken by the authorities against the newspaper. Like his father and brother, he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Muhammad Bashraheel is now known to have been arrested on 5 January, the day before his father Hisham Bashraheel and brother Hani Bashraheel were detained. The three are being held at the Criminal Investigation Department in Aden. All of them were allowed to see their families and lawyers today, having apparently been denied access to them before. It is unclear whether the three men will be allowed regular contact with them. They may be prisoners of conscience, held solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

The three men had been taking part in a sit-in protest at the newspaper’s offices in the southern city of Aden. The protest began on 4 January to mark eight months since the authorities effectively banned them from printing and distributing copies of al-Ayyam. The security forces opened fire on the protestors on 4 January and the newspaper’s security guards returned fire: one member of the security forces was killed and three wounded; one security guard was killed and three wounded.

The authorities confiscated every copy of al-Ayyam from street news stands and distribution points in the capital Sana’a and southern cities on 30 April 2009, taking similar action against six other newspapers on 4 May, when the offices of al-Ayyam were also then blockaded by the security forces to prevent copies of the newspaper from being distributed. Members of the security forces were then stationed outside al-Ayyam until 6 January when security forces raided its offices and confiscated computers. On 5 May the government announced that they would be banning all newspapers which they considered had expressed support for the secession of the south of the country in coverage of protests in the region. Despite this, al-Ayyam published some news on its website during 2009.

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