Category: Yemen

US drone strike kills al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Ref: At least three suspected al-Qaeda militants have been killed by a US drone strike in Yemen’s south-western al-Bayda province, say local officials.
The men were reportedly hit as they travelled in a car in el-Manaseh village on the outskirts of Radda.

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Yemen president speaks after attack

Ref: Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, says he is “well and in good health” after suffering injuries in an attack on his presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa.

In an audio address delivered on state television late on Friday night, Saleh said the strike, where “seven officers were martyred”, was by an “outlaw gang” – the opposition Hashed tribe led by powerful Sadiq al-Ahmar.
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Yemen's Saleh hurt in palace attack: diplomat

Ref: President Ali Abdullah was slightly wounded when shells struck his palace in Sanaa on Friday, a Western diplomat said, as Yemen slid towards civil war.

Fierce fighting engulfed the Yemeni capital, where residents cowered in their homes and explosions rocked the city.
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Yemen al-Qaeda head Anwar al-Awlaki 'targeted by drone'

Ref: A US drone attack in Yemen targeted but failed to kill one of al-Qaeda’s most influential figures, US reports say.

The US-born radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is head of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Two brothers believed to be mid-ranking al-Qaeda officials died in a drone strike in south Yemen on Thursday, Yemeni officials said.

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Yemen: UN Security Council fails to reach agreement

Ref: UN Security Council members have called for restraint and dialogue between protesters and authorities in Yemen.

But the Council`s first talks on the crisis ended in New York without an agreed public statement, with diplomats saying Russia objected.

Security forces earlier reportedly opened fire on anti-government protesters in Yemen`s capital, Sanaa, and the southern city of Taiz.

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Yemeni arms factory blast toll rises amid protests

Ref: The death toll from explosions at an ammunition plant in southern Yemen has risen to 150.

Initial reports said 78 had died, but more bodies have since been pulled out of the factory in the town of Jaar.

The explosion has caused great anger among locals, who accuse the authorities of planning it to try to win further support from the US, a BBC correspondent says.

Yemeni officials have blamed al-Qaeda for the blasts.

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Yemen weapons factory hit by deadly explosions

Ref: A series of huge explosions at an ammunition plant in southern Yemen has killed at least 78 people, doctors say.

The factory in the town of Jaar was raided by Islamist militants on Sunday amid clashes with government forces.

At the time of Monday’s blasts residents were in the plant looting ammunition. The dead included women and children, officials said.

Yemen has been rocked by weeks of protests calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

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Yemen's President Saleh 'negotiating' departure

Ref: Yemen’s veteran President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is negotiating his departure from power during talks with the opposition, government officials say.

But hopes earlier in the day of an imminent deal to end six weeks of crisis appeared to have been dashed.

Presidential spokesman Ahmed al-Sufi said opposition demands for an immediate transfer of power were unacceptable.

Mr Saleh says he will quit later this year but protesters say he must go now.

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Yemen close to power transition deal

Ref: A deal on a peaceful transition of power in Yemen can be expected anytime, based on an offer by president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down by year-end, foreign minister Abubakr al-Qirbi said.

Yemen, a poor and tribally divided country that has become a base for al Qaeda, has been in turmoil since January when the example of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions set off popular demonstrations to end Saleh’s 32-year authoritarian rule. Read more →

Yemen declares 'state of emergency'

Ref: Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni president, has declared a nationwide state of emergency, after a violent crackdown on anti-government protests killed at least 41 people, and left scores more wounded, in the capital Sanaa.

Saleh said on Friday that the decision to impose the state of emergency was made by the country’s national security council, but there was no immediate indication of how long it would last.
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