The war in Yemen is expanding beyond the northern Sa’ada governorate as bombings are audible for the first time in Sana’a, the nation’s capital.
Demonstrations marked the 14th anniversary of the 1994 capture of Aden by President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s northern military forces. Reporters and demonstrators are arrested.
The Yemeni government has bombarded civilian cities during the four-year fight against Zaidi rebels in the North. The images shown are among the first photos to emerge from the troubled region in years.
Yemen is plagued by war in the North, civil unrest in the South, and terrorist attacks in the capital. The opposition is threatening to boycott elections as civil liberties decline and the government supports extremists.
Yemen is a hotbed for al Qaeda activities in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. The current government fosters and deploys Islamic extremists as mercenaries and as a tool of foreign policy, according to Yemeni observers.
A checkpoint shooting and protest violence in the South and rebel fighting and a clash with protesters in the North leave 21 dead in weekend violence throughout Yemen.
The Yemeni government has rounded up opposition political leaders in response to several days of riots. The military is in the streets as newspapers and media outlets are being shut down.
Jane Novak reports on Monday’s protest in Dhalie, including a call for “southern liberation,” and offers background on southern Yemen shedding some light on current North-South relations.