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BUSINESSMEN SEEK MILITIA FOR PROTECTION

UK FORCES HIRAK LEADER BACK TO NDC

Abdul-Wasie Hail Saeed, chairman of the Hail Saeed Investment Group asked the state to allow businessmen to form their own private armed militias to protect themselves from abduction, assassination, murder and others.

The prominent southern leader Mohammed Ali Ahmed, head of the southern issue, arrived in Sana’a Tuesday. A closer source of his denied that his return was due to American-British pressure.

BY ABDUL-AZIZ OUDAH & NUHA MOHAMMED

The tycoon of the biggest Yemeni investment trade group threatened

to stop their investment activities if the current security situation in the country continues to deteriorate, announcing, “There is no opportunity to invest in Yemen under the badly deteriorating security situation.” Saeed said the Yemeni Government has only two options; to let the businessmen form private militias to protect themselves from abduction, assassination and murder crimes or to speed up the enforcement of the

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state prestige of law and order all over Yemen. Saeed continued to say in his speech delivered at the press conference of the General Association of the Yemeni businessmen in Sana’a, that there is no way for investment within the deteriorating Yemeni security situation, announcing that, “ we, as Hail Saeed Group of Companies have had investments outside Yemen for over 30 years and we experienced no

abduction or attack incidents to our employees in these countries, contrary to what we are exposed to here in our homeland, where our huge investments are exposed to attack, abduction, banditry and others. The Yemeni businessmen and tycoons held the Reconciliation Government (RG) and its security

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BY ISCANDER AL-MAMARI

“These reports were groundless and his visit to London was private. He met no British or any other western officials, as mentioned by the Yemeni media, ” the source added, ensuring that the southern Hirak

WITH KALASHNIKOV RIFLES, GLOCK PISTOLS

AL-QAEDA IN YEMEN AWARDS ITS CONTEST’S WINNERS Al-Qaeda in Yemen awarded a number of weapons this week, including Kalashnikov rifles and Glock pistols, as prizes to the winners of the Holy Quran Contest that was held during the last month of Ramadan. BY MOHAMMED KALFOOD

The prizes also included motorcycles and some other incentive awards, and the winners were from the provinces of Ibb, Dalea’ and al-Baidha. MP ABDO BESHR DURING A PARLIAMENTARIAN SESSION.

BY ABDUL-AZIZ OUDAH

Member of Parliament (MP) Abdo Beshr accused, Wednesday September 9, President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Government of National Reconciliation of treason calling on the Parliament to begin taking legal action to formally charge them. The Parliament witnessed last

Wednesday a heated debate after Beshr accused President Hadi and the Government of National Reconciliation of treason and demanded to start legal proceedings which include deposing the President from office and referring for trial.

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DEFENSE MINISTER ATTACKS A FEMALE TV HOST

TV HOST RAHMA HUJAIRA

DEFENSE MINISTER MOHAMMED NASSER AHMED

BY MOHAMMED KALFOOD

al-Montasaf local newspaper. The source said that the minister left the compound as resentment was stirred up among the personnel. “The officers expressed their surprise at the minister’s speech as it was delivered in such a meager and aggressive tone,” the source told the paper. The Yemen Observer tried several times to contact the talk show hostRahma Hujaira, who works for al-Yaman al-Youm TV channel, but there was no answer on her end.

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, Yemen’s Defense Minister,attacked the talk show host of a local TV channel Rahma Hujaira in a speech that he delivered to military leaders in Sana’a. “The minister delivered his speech during a visit on Tuesday to the leaders of the Reserve Forces stationed in the 48 th compound south Sana’a and was mostly full of cruel words against Rahma Hujaira,” an insider told

An expert on al-Qaeda affairs Abdul Razzaq al-Jamal said, “The contest was organized by the activist leader in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Sheikh Ma’moon Abdul Hamid Hatem”. The contest kicked off at the

A WINNER HOLDING A KALASHNIKOV PRIZE HIGH AS HE RECEIVED IT.

beginning of the month of Ramadan targeting areas in Ibb, Dalea› and al-Baidha provinces. «A large number of citizens also participat-

ed in the contest», said al-Jamal.

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representatives wouldn’t return to the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) unless a clear response is issued by Yemeni authorities to the message which Ahmed sent to President Hadi demanding the equal negotiation basis between the north and south over a neutral state, as well as admitting the south’s right in sovereignty, recovering its statesmanship and the unification of the

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THE MAN WITH A MISSION HEADS FOR KSA BY ISCANDER AL-MAMARI

Advisor to the President Hadi for Defense and Security Affairs Ali Mohsen Saleh al-Ahmar headed on Wednesday for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) along with official delegation on an official visit. Upon his departure, Saleh said that the visit aims to convey a letter from President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Premier, Chancellor and Special Envoy for the Saudi King. The letter deals with cooperation relations between Yemen and Saudi Arabia and ways of strengthening them. Muntasaf, local news website, quoted its sources as saying that Ahmar finds this visit a chance to ask authorities in KSA to settle their position in resuming paying their salaries and financial dues which had been cut in 2011.


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TWO AL-QAEDA MILITANTS KILLED IN ABYAN, THREE ARRESTED IN TAIZ MOHAMMED KALFOOD

A security source told the Yemen Observer that two members of al-Qaeda were killed on Tuesday in clashes with the Popular Committees in the southern province of Abyan.

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The source also said that one fighter of the Popular Committees was killed during the clashes.

The Popular Committees had partaken strongly in the campaign launched by the Yemeni army in 2012 to expel al-Qaeda militants and Ansar al-Sharia from the wide areas which were seized in the province of Abyan.

Late on Sunday, the security services in central city of Taiz ar-

rested three al-Qaeda militants who were planning to carry out assassinations against political and security officers in the province, Yemen’s Defense Ministry website reported. The arrest came under the extensive crackdown that the security services in Taiz has been carrying out since the beginning of this year to hunt down all terrorists, outlaws and wanted people in the province.

WITH ABOUT YR 4 BILLION A two year old girl was kidnapped in Al-Dhale’provincea few days ago in order to be trafficked abroad. The kidnapper was captured by citizens and delivered to thesecurity apparatuses.

This is not the first case and will not be the last one, according to Nabil FadelHead of Yemen Organization for Combating Human Trafficking, ten cases of abduction were recorded within 10 days, and these are only the recorded cases while there might be more abduc-

tions yet to be discovered.

“The kidnapping phenomenon is connected to international networksthat are related to human trafficking. Their activities include kidnapping children and sometimes taking human organs”.

In the capital secretariat alone, many cases were recorded and this has become a threat to all citizens, Yemen Observer covered this issue in depth. Await more details in the next issues.

GOV. COMPENSATES PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS AFFECTED BY 2011 CRISIS The Supreme Committee, formed recently by the Cabinet, has agreed to compensate the private institutions in the capital which have been affected by the 2011 crisis with a total cost estimated at $ 3 billion and 800 million riyals, the state-run news agency Saba reported. This came in a meeting of the

Committee, which was chaired on Wednesday by Finance Minister Sakhr al-Wajih and Public Works Minister Omar al-Kurshomi as well as his undersecretary engineer Mo’een Hashim al-Mahageri.

Al-Mahageri noted that the compensation came after the Higher Ministerial Committee had discussed the technical reports on the concerned people to restore their affected institutions as spon-

sored and approved by both the Capital Secretariat and the Public Works Ministry.

He also said that the Committee also approved the disbursement of compensation to the beneficiaries directly across the Postal General Authority, pointing out that it was agreed upon to pass on the exchange bills completely too each affected party through the Capital Secretariat bureau and the

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CONTINUATION FROM FRONT PAGE BUSINESSMEN SEEK MILITIA FOR PROTECTION facilities fully responsible for speeding up freeing businessman Hassan Abdo Jaied who has been kidnapped for 38 days now, expressing their extreme condemnation to the slackening and connivance of some parties in addressing this case since the middle of Ramadan until now. Meanwhile, Mohammed Salah, Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce at the Capital Secretariat, described the current situation as an unstable stage plaguing Yemeni life leading to the complications of the administrative and judicial negligence, making life impossible in the state which lacks justice and stability and unable to facilitate social coexistence between the citizens, according to him. “We are living in an incontinent situation which forces us to deal with the scenes of its facts and reality and interact with their sources and impacting our near future,” Salah added. He said that the security disorder in Yemen was aggravated and caused administrative and judicial negligence, making life impossible in a state that fails, according to him to achieve justice, stability and coexistence among the citizens. Salah added that what annoys the Yemenis are the criminal acts which target businessmen, the youth and others, ensuring the standing of businessmen and all the Yemeni people to-

gether to resist these criminal actions and put an end to them.

The Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce asked the state to live up to its responsibility in the provision of the simplest human rights to its citizens realized in the protection of their lives, rights and properties, declaring the refusal of all Yemenis of the criminal actions which cause damage to the national economy and distort the image of the local market in the minds of the private capitals which desire to invest in Yemen as well as being a repellent to the national capital, which is a major national force. Meanwhile, the Yemen Observer called Tareq Abdul-Wsie Hail who said he is abroad now and promised to respond to our paper’s questions when he returns home.

UK FORCES HIRAK LEADER BACK TO NDC northern forces under one vision towards the southern issue’s solution. “Depending on the response to the message, the southern People’s Conference will hold a meeting in light of the response to take ultimate decisions,” the source explained.

He pointed out if the authorities in Sana’a started positive dealing with the southern demands, this will be the first step towards peers’ negotiations, where the place of negotiations will be determined and all the outcome of the negotiations will be under international guarantee

from the GCC initiative’s sponsoring countries. In a related issue, a leading official at the NDC said the dialogue will be completed in Sana’a and the NDC will not be transferred to any place outside Yemen under any circumstances. The official who preferred to speak anonymously said in a statement to al-Siasah journal; consider the Hirak representatives’ demands for changing the dialogue to bilateral negotiation and transferring it abroad as impossible at this critical stage. «.

“The mechanism of the NDC, which is currently held in Sana’a is mainly based on equality of fifty- fifty between the north and south which meets the Hirak’s demands in this regard, ” the source reiterated, adding, “the real problem is the mechanism of reaching a consensus to resolve the split among the NDC members over the shape of the state, as one party insists on a federal state of two regions consisting of three to four provinces, a proposal which is supported by some of the southerners, while another party prefers a federal state of five to six regions which is refused by the southerners who believe that it will lead to splitting the south.”

YEMENI PRESIDENT ACCUSED OF TREASON Some MPs supported MP Beshr’s act, while others representing the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) bloc objected to the request and asked Beshr to withdraw the charge, but

the latter insisted on his request based on the reasons he presented, which include breaching the sovereignty of Yemen by allowing U.S. raids and government corruption. Parliament Speaker Yahya al-Ra’ee asked Abdo Beshr to withdraw the charge, although he said that Hadi is responsible for the mistakes.

A legal source said that the legal aspect of Beshr’s demand is ambiguous, as in natural cases and with the consensus 151 MPs the parliament has the right to charge the president with treason. After being charged with treason, the president is referred to trial and the House Speaker assumes powers of the president until presidential elections are held. However, the legal source pointed out that the GCC initiative has suspended the current constitution which raises confusion about the legal status of the Parliament’s requests to charge senior state officials with treason. MP Abdo Beshr was elected twice as representative of the General People’s Congress (GPC) in the parliament and was the first to resign from the membership of the GPC in solidarity with the youth protests

and founded with a group of colleagues who left the GPC a new bloc in the parliament. The bloc which was formed in 2011 was called the Free MPs bloc. Beshr was then dismissed from the Free MPs Bloc in April 2012 to establish a new party called Ahrar Organization.

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AL-QAEDA IN YEMEN AWARDS ITS CONTEST’S WINNERS

The contest is the first public event held by members of the al-Qaeda since they were expelled from the provinces of Abyan and Shabwa by the Yemeni armed forces in the mid of last year.

Al-Jamal pointed out that «al-Qaeda in Yemen has given priority to guidance and social activities, lately.»

He also indicated, «The official complicity with Houthi group in Sa›adah province may have had a role in pushing many from the Sunni tribes to get around al-Qaeda, which they see as capable of protecting their areas from the Houthi expansion.»


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nprecedentedly, Aden city is seriously experiencing deterioration in security and morality all together.

BY ISCANDER AL-MAMARI

Drugs and Qat chewing are sweeping Aden youths as this phenomenon is on the raise. Many dwellers of this city are nagging and complaining the recent and wide spread of this bad phenomenon which destructs lives of youths. Security sources in the province stated that nearly 10 million drug pills have been caught in Aden which had been transferred inside the city. Abdul-Razaq Abdu, 55, is a dweller of Aden city said that there are hidden political agenda “I believe” behind all this chaos and insecurity. “Aden is targeted and wanted to be destructed morally,” Abdu confirmed.

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Drugs and Qat chewing are sweeping Aden youths as this phenomenon is on the raise.

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One of Aden businesswomen, Masia Ibrahim -35-, said that Aden city is collapsed. “Aden youths now use drug pills in a horrible way. They do not work; they just spend their time chewing Qat and use drugs. They

beg their parents for money to go buy Qat and drugs.” She confirmed “they sometime steal money from their parents or somewhere else.” “This is really tragic and must stop.” “I’m working on a project right here but parties we work with do not carry out work on time. They complain and postpone. They are not determined to implement work. People unfortunately

become dependent youths in particular.” A pharmacist Finan Ahmed, 30, expressed resentment of situations in the province saying these acts are disastrous. “What is going on here is unacceptable. By this, Aden youths do not want to achieve success and make a name of their city Aden.” Ibrahim added that Aden should be a tourist city for its ideal location plus the pres-

The politicians further attribute this to the role played by Hirak (Southern Movement) which emerged in southern provinces to protest injustice

THREE YOUNG MEN CHEWING QAR AND ENJOYING THEIR TIME IN ONE OF ADEN STREETS

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ence of ports. “There are no good services in Aden. If I have any work or project, I just implement it in Sana’a.” Wherever you go in Aden city, you find people nagging there of bad services, spread of insecurity and moral cor-

ruption. Karima Mohammed Ali, a housewife, said Aden has never be like this before. “Aden is going to unknown.” Ibrahim stated that Aden changes specially after the popular uprising that swept almost all provinces of the country in 2011. Moreover, the businesswoman Ibrahim accused Aden governor Wahid Ali Rashid of not playing a vital role in the city to prevent such acts Politicians attribute all this to political players who have

political agenda and those who lost their interests in the state in the recent period. The politicians further attribute this to the role played by Hirak (Southern Movement) which emerged in southern provinces to protest injustice following the 1990 unity. Hirak tried to create chaos and organize marches and commit disobedience in an attempt to split from the south. The movement called Yemen security and army as occupation that should leave southern provinces according to it. It wants autonomy.

POVERTY DEMOLISHES CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS SANA’A – For sceneries, Yemeni people stuck to their rich customs and traditions which made them distinctive however, the constant economic deterioration demolishes and shrinks many of these customs. During the past two decades, Yemeni people found themselves obliged to drop many of their customs due to the price hikes and declining economy. The UNICEF report of 2011 stated that 45% of the Yemeni people live under poverty line. BY: ALMIGDAD MOJALLI

Having small wedding parties instead of big ones is one of the main customs influenced by the economic deterioration in Yemen. In the past, the wedding party used to last for one week during which the families of both the bride and the groom used to invite all friends and relatives to spend about one week with them celebrating the wedding. The costs of food, fireworks…etc. were high. However, during the past two decades people shrink gradually many of the wedding party rituals; the duration becomes one day, only close friends and relatives are invited for lunch and no fireworks or live ammunition…etc. Rashed Ahmed, 58, of Sana’a said, “people used to celebrate the wedding for five to seven days when everything was affordable, but now many rituals vanished.” He added, “people now celebrate the one day wedding and invite only neighbors and close relatives.”

Moreover, it was a custom that the brothers-in-law bring 50 Kg of wheat, 50 kg of sugar, 20 kg of ghee, as well as one sheep, Qat and tobacco as a support for the groom, nevertheless people have abandoned this custom and replaced it with amount of money, “ the food stuff that we used to bring in the past with about YR 20,000 cost us now about YR80,000 which is difficult to provide particularly for people in villages, “ mentioned Ibrahim Yahya, 56.

Also, relatives in rural areas used to help each other financially or in kind when building houses, however this habit has been dropped,

Having small wedding parties instead of big ones is one of the main customs influenced by the economic deterioration in Yemen “ it was a custom to bring sheep or to money for any of your relative as an aid if he is building house, nevertheless people find it heavy burden,” mentioned Hussein Al-Matari, 61 from Sana’a. Saleh Monasser,50, stated that he helped three of his

brothers-in-law when they built their houses but could not afford the same support to his cousin when he built his house three years ago, “ it has become a big burden and very difficult to provide,” he said adding, “the affordable help nowadays is restricted to giving a loan not free support.”

Moreover, having a banquet and slaughtering a sheep when receiving a new son is one of the customs demolishes due to the declining economic situation. When a father receives a new son, the father making a big banquet and invite the relatives and some of his close friends. Also, the uncle of the infant brings one sheep as well as some food stuff. Hamed Ali Saeed, noted that his brothers-in-law had seven sons and with

it was a custom to bring sheep or to money for any of your relative as an aid if he is building house the coming of each son, he brought one sheep but nowadays he stopped as his economic situation does not help, “that was in the past but now it is difficult…if I want to buy sheep to give it to my brother-in-law, I have to give more than half of my salary,” Saeed confirmed.

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MEDIA BRIEFING FM, UK’S AMBASSADOR DISCUSS PREPARATIONS FOR FRIENDS’ MEETING

Saba net-03.09.2013- Foreign Minister Abu Bakr alQirbi met on Monday with the British ambassador to Yemen Jane Marriott bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and ways of enhancing them. In the meeting, they touched on the underway preparations for the six meeting of Friends of Yemen scheduled to be held in New York on September 25, as well as the coordination between the joint chairmanship of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and UK for the success of the meeting. Al-

Qirbi and Marriott also talked on the functioning of the

national dialogue conference and ways of succeeding it.

HADI CHAIRS MEETING OF NDC’S PRESIDIUM, POLITICAL PARTIES’ LEADERS

BY HESHAM SAMI AL-KIBSI

SAUDI BORDER GUARDS SHOOT DEAD SMUGGLER, ARREST THREE OTHERS Al - Masdar - 03.09.2013 - A Somali smuggler was killed Saturday by the hands of Saudi Border Guards in al-Mejanah area while three Yemenis believed to be smuggling Qat were arrested. Sources said that the Somali smuggler nicknamed “Ghost” was killed as he attempted to escape a Saudi Border Guard patrol. The Saudi Border Guards raided the smugglers area after monitoring them Saturday night via thermal footage and surrounded them before shooting dead the Somali who attempted to flee to no avail.

HARADH: ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN DRUG GANG CLASHES

Saba net - 02.09.2013 President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Sunday chaired an extraordinary meeting of the National Dialogue Conference’s (NDC) presidium and the leaders of political parties and components in the presence of UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar. The meeting was dedicated to review the positive steps made to succeed the

NDC, topped by the NDC’s outcome drafts, and set up the guarantees that assure that the dialogue’s outcomes will be a new social contract for a new ruling’s system. In a speech he delivered in the meeting, the President said that very important historical steps have been achieved in favor of the stability and security of Yemen, adding “all the politi-

cal forces, who were rivals in the past, they are today making the success and reflect the nation’s will and Yemeni wisdom on to the dialogue’s table.”

Hadi underlined that the critical situation Yemen is experiencing currently does not allow hesitancy or fear or miscalculations, stressing that everyone must be courageous and reveal everything clearly.

TAIZ: THREE WANTED-FOR-MURDER AL-QAIDA ELEMENTS ARRESTED Al-Share’-03.09.2013Security apparatuses in Taiz arrested Sunday three alQaida elements and three other wanted persons. A source at Taiz’s Security Committee said that security apparatuses arrested three alQaida elements as they were plotting for assassinations of security and political officials in the province. The source pointed out that security apparatuses also managed to arrest three wanted murder suspects in light of a security campaign to pursue wanted persons and outlaws. The source added that Interrogations with the arrested are still underway.

Al-Masdar-02.09.2013One person was killed and another injured in clashes between drug gangs in the border town of Haradh, Hajjah province.

Local police of the Haradh town, off the Saudi border, stated that a financial dispute between drug dealers escalated into violent clashes that led to the death of one person and the injuring of another. The trafficking business is highly active in Yemeni border areas in light of weak governmental supervision in inspection ports.

Al-Oula-03.09.2013- One person was killed and three others injured Monday, including a woman, after receiving heavy gunfire by gunmen due to a previous dispute between both sides

in al-Naderah district, Ibb province. Chief of al-Naderah district police Col. Mohammed Mabkhoot Harash told al-Oula that Mohammed Mo’allim, 27, was killed while three of his relatives were

Al-Oula-02.09.2013- Two soldiers of the 2nd Mountain Infantry Brigade were injured Sunday in an attack by alQaida elements on a military checkpoint in the “Electricity Triangle”, Lawdar district, Abyan province. A local source told al-Oula that two soldiers were slightly injured in a mortar attack carried out by al-Qaida elements against a military checkpoint stationed at the entrance of Lawdar. The source pointed out that popular committees members and the 111th Brigade responded with heavy gunfire from medium and light weapons that lasted for

two hours with the rallying of a large number of popu-

CLASHES BETWEEN AAL AL-AJJI AND MILITARY FORCES IN MARIB

A tribal source told alYemen al-Youm that elements led by Mohammed Hassan Kalfot prevented the technical team from passing to repair the oil pipeline until their demands (former) in arresting the murderers of Hassan Mohammed

SSF forces at the entrance of Lawdar district repelled the al-Qaida attack using medium and heavy weapons. The attack led to the death of popular committees’ fighter Mohammed Mootah and the injury of two SSF personnel. works across the province. The act resulted in a complete halt of the company’s activities in Sa’adah and neighboring areas. A source at Sabafon claimed that

Houthis closed Saturday the company’s office in Sa’adah city and forced site guards in different parts of the province to stop operations by turning off power generators.

The Security Media Center of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced that 2nd Mountain Infantry Brigade and popular committees’ backed Security forces managed to repel an al-Qaida attack forcing them to flee.

lar committees’ fighters with their weapons.

AL-QAIDA ELEMENT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO ADEN POLICE Akhbar al - Youm 03.09.2013 - Security apparatuses in Sheikh Othman, Aden province said that a wanted al-Qaida element called (K.A.K) AKA Abo Ethar turned himself in and and announced repentance of supporting al-Qaida or carrying out their acts.

Kalfots two sons are met in addition to paying the rest

of the compensation money (YR 83 mln).

ABYAN: ONE POPULAR COMMITTEES’ MEMBER KILLED, TWO SSF PERSONNEL INJURED IN AL-QAIDA ATTACK Mareb Press-03.09.2013A popular committees’ member was killed and two Specail Security Forces (SSF) personnel injured in al-Qaida attack that targeted a checkpoint at the entrance of Lawdar city.

injured, including a woman, after gunmen from the same area opened fire on them. He said the attack was due to a previous dispute between both sides.

LAWDAR: AL-QAIDA ATTACK LEAVES ONE PERSON DEAD AND TWO SOLDIERS INJURED

Al-Yemen al - Youm 03.09.2013 - Armed tribesmen of Aal al-Ajji tribe prevented a technical team from repairing the Oil pipeline that was blown up Sunday in al-Hawi area at the 40th Km in Wadi Abidah, Mareb province.

GUNMEN STOP SABAFON SERVICES IN SA’ADAH PROVINCE AFTER ACCUSING HAMEED AL-AHMAR OF BEING BEHIND THE “HASHID” CRIME

Al-Share’-02.09.2013Tribal gunmen in Sa’adah province stopped Saturday the main Sabafon branch in Sa’adah province and all its private transmission net-

ONE KILLED, THREE INJURED IN IBB SHOOTING

Abo Ethar participated in the war in Abyan province two years ago. Sources confirmed that they’ve conducted preliminary interrogation and that he was referred to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in Khoor Maksar.

ARMED TRIBESMEN BLOW UP MARIB OIL PIPELINE Akhbar al - Youm 02.09.2013 - Gunmen blew up the main oil pipeline at the 40th Km in al-Hawi village, al-Damasheqah area of Wadi Abidah district, Marib province. Flames were seen blazing in the area while crude oil flow to the Ras Issa port in Hodiedah halted. A military source in Marib said that gunmen of Aal al-Ajji blew up the oil pipeline that connects Marib with Ras Issa port on the coast of Hodeidah province. In response to bombing the oil pipeline, military forces shelled before Sunday noon the area where the oil pipeline was targeted with heavy artillery as the military expects that militants who committed the sabotage act are still present.


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BENOMAR, KARMAN SUPPORT 2ND YEMEN FILM FESTIVAL places and the encouragement awards.

Films are required to be not more than 10-minutes long. The festival

PRESIDENT ABED RABBO MANSOUR HADI REWARDED SINGERS AYOUB TARISH ABSI AND KARAMAH MERSAL LAST WEDNESDAY WITH THE MEDAL OF UNITY. THE HONORING COMES IN APPRECIATION OF THE NATIONAL ROLES THEY PLAY IN SERVING THE NATION THROUGH MAGNIFICENT SONGS. THEY IN RETURN EXPRESSED DEEP APPRECIATION AND THANKS TO THE PRESIDENT FOR THIS GENEROUS, HUMANITARIAN AND MORAL GESTURE.

YEMEN WINS THREE AWARDS AT THE 8TH DUBAI CULTURAL CREATIVITY COMPETITION BY HESHAM S. AL-KIBSI

Yemen won, Tuesday September 3, three awards at the eighth session of the Dubai Cultural Creativity Competition 2012/2013, in the areas of Short Stories, Novels and Fine Arts, in addition to the Fine Arts jury notification of a participant from Yemen. Yemeni contestant Khaled Abdulhalim al-Absi won second prize for his collection “Pains that lost their charm," while Ziad Nasser Al-Ansi won fourth prize in the field of fine arts. In addition, Bassam Shamsuddin won the fifth prize in the field of Novels with "The Curse of attitudes," the jury noted participation of Zeinab Ali Rani in the field of Fine Arts.

JAMAL BENOMAR

TAWAKUL KARMAN

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Secretariat of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC).

The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General and UN Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar and Tawakul Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, announced their support and encouragement for the participation of youth in the second Yemen Film Festival which is being held for the second year in a row in Sana'a.

The organizers of the festival, Circle Yemen (CY), offered an extra chance and extended the period of receiving participations from September 4 to 10, 2013 in an attempt to encourage youth participation.

The 2nd Yemen Film Festival was launched under the title “Unleash Your Creativity”, by CY in cooperation with the General

SANA’A SUMMER FESTIVAL ART AND HANDICRAFT COMPETITIONS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The aim of the festival, which is held for the second year in a row, is to encourage young people to produce short films dealing with the topics of the culture of dialogue, patriotism, tolerance and acceptance of others. The total value of the 2nd Yemen Film Festival awards reaches USD 20 thousand distributed among the five best films in addition to two encouragement awards for the youngest director and best moving (touching) film from the countryside. According to Sanabani, the awards will be in the form of direct cash prizes as the 1st place film wins one million Yemeni riyals and remaining amount gets distributed among the four other

aims t o reach the largest possible number of participants and film fans via participation of youth groups in the production of films.

FORMER SECRETARY OF CAPITAL AL-KOHLANI HONORED WITH THE SHIELD OF OICC

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The Organizing Committee of Sana’a summer festival announced Sunday, winners of the encouragement competitions for the best artworks and handicrafts including fine art, photography and painting competitions at the conclusion of the festival which was organized by the Ministry of Tourism in Sana’a, and lasted two weeks.

In the field of Fine Arts artist

The 13th General Conference of the Organization Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC) commenced in Mecca, KSA with the participation of Yemen represented by the Secretary of the capital Sana’a Abdelqadir Ali Hilal.

Ziad al-Anesi scored first place and won YR 200 thousand. In the

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photo "Hunter" and won YR 150 thousand.

On the sidelines of the General Conference of the OICC opening, former Secretary of the capital Sana’a and head of the operational unit for managing IDP camps Ahmed Mohammed al-Kohlani was honored and presented with the OICC shield. He was awarded the shield for being one of the trustees of Islamic capitals and cities who contributed to the support of the or-

AHMED MOHAMMED AL-KOHLANI

ganization and its various activities. The award also comes in recognition of his efforts during his leadership of the Secretariat of Sana'a and his constructive contributions to the infrastructure development in addition to his contributions in preserving the old city of Sana’a, one of the historical Islamic cities. The conference lasted for three days with the participation of more than 400 members of the OICC, agencies, institutions, government agencies, consultation offices, private sector and local, regional and international bodies. According to Saba, Secretary of the capital, Abdelqader Hilal said that the conference reviewed best practices and products of scientific, research and applied technology and the successful experiences of the Islamic capitals. He said that it also discussed the organization's activity on the achievement of sustainable development in the Islamic Capitals and Cities. Hilal pointed out that he discussed on the sidelines of the conference a number of topics related to strengthening bilateral relations between the capital Sana’a and a number of Islamic capitals and the possibility of twinning with other cities. He also discussed benefitting from the successful experiences of some countries, especially in the work of the municipalities, the service sector and how to take advantage of their expertise to work on the development of the capital Sana’a.

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First place in the field of handicrafts and craftsmanship was secured by Yousef Ahmed Yousef for his copper scissors and won YR 300 thousand. The duo Mohamed Yehya Mosawa and his wife Fatima Mohammed took second place in the field of sewing quilts and won YR 250 thousand, while the third prize was equally shared between Walid al-Sarrem for his work on his wood sculpture and Atiqa al-Amrani for her “Palm Fronds” craft which amounted to YR 150 thousand.

BY HESHAM S. AL-KIBSI


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