Monday, January 26, 2015

Houthi Crackdown on Yemeni Activists

At least ten protesters were seized by Houthi militiamen on Monday, and seven remain detained at the time of publication. On Sunday, 34 were detained, but all were eventually released after fellow demonstrators went to the police stations where they were being held to demand their release.

CIA Drone Strike Kills A Yemeni Child

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sana'a, The Roller Coaster (4th Day)

Yemeni local media outlet, Al Mashhad chronicles well today's dramatic events, here. (in Ar) 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sana'a, The Roller Coaster (3rd Day)

Another roller coaster day in Sana'a. It's the third day of a series of crazy events in the capital.

Due to that things were developing per a second, the following is an approximate chronicle of today's events.

-Taiz demonstrated in the morning in solidarity with Sana'a & against Houthis' "coup". Houthis' godfather, Abdel Malik Al Houthi's picture were burned.

-Yemen’s Houthi rebels replace president’s guards. And here a Houthi fighter stands on top of an armoured vehicle outside the house of Yemen's president.

-Yemen's PM finally leaves his home towards unknown location after being sieged for the past three days. 

-APF reported, there were no signs of fresh violence on Wednesday, but medical and security sources said at least 35 people had been killed and 94 wounded in the two previous days.

-Finally, an agreement between president Hadi and Al Houthi was reached, resolving issues related to the constitution draft. Earlier, Reuters kinda broke the story, reporting that Hadi was ready to accept Al Houthi's demands: "In a statement issued in the evening, Hadi said the Shi'ite Muslim group had a right to serve in posts in all state institutions, and a draft constitution that has been a source of disagreement between him and the Houthis was open to amendment."

-GCC condemns attempted Yemen ‘coup’, backs Hadi.

-Yemeni nation inside & in the diaspora are shocked with the Saleh's leaked phone call:

-Both Yaser Al Yamani, a leader at Saleh's GPC & Hassan Al Sa'adi, a leader at the Houthi group denied the credibility of the leaked phone call during their interview by AJ Arabic & accused "external" forces in manipulating the situation.  

Sana'a, The Roller Coaster (2nd Day)


Terrible & hectic day in Sana'a, today.

In the wake of yesterday's fighting in Sana'a, images appeared of the destruction around the presidential palace area.

Even though there was a ceasefire made out of a truce not an agreement, fighting resumed today as its second day of violence in the city. Fighters from the Houthi group battled guards at the Yemeni president's private home and entered the presidential palace. While the fighting went on and off, two people were killed in today's clashes(1).

The intense fighting in Sana'a over the past two day has left at least 10 people killed and dozens injured. A raw video of the aftermath shows some of the destruction:

As the Houthi rebels swept into the presidential palace, they were raiding offices and looting arms depots, according to Col. Saleh al-Jamalani, commander of the force that guards the palace(2).

Was that a coup or not? not clear yet. Government supporters have accused the Houthi rebels of pushing for a coup to depose the Hadi government(3). A great indication of the falsehood of calling it a coup is that Al Houthi movement's current Godfather, Abdel Malik Al Houthi just made a televised speech where he proposed a roadmap to resolve problems. He neither announced it was a coup, nor he announced appointing himself as the "new president":

Jane Novak, Yemen expert spotted it well:

No news have been reported from Hadi himself, so far. Allah yuster.