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Issue #1864


A source from AQAP told the Yemen Times Al-Khalidi was released in exchange for a ransom, and that the group backed down on earlier demands for their “brothers” to be freed in Saudi Arabia.

Three years after kidnapping, AQAP releases Saudi official

Published on 2 March 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA’A, March 3—Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released the former Saudi deputy counsel Monday morning after three years of captivity.

Islah leaders kidnapped, accused by Houthis of Al-Qaeda ties

Published on 2 March 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA’A, March 2—The Islah Party accused the Houthis on Sunday evening of kidnapping four of its leaders earlier that day. The Houthis claim the men were Al-Qaeda operatives.

Houthis, GPC: No talks outside Sana’a

Published on 2 March 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in News

SANA’A, March 1—On Sunday the Houthis denied reports in local media that they had agreed to political talks outside Sana’a. The group said the move would be a waste of time.

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Former Houthi spokesperson: Houthis to dissolve Islah Party

Published on 2 March 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi in News

SANA’A, March 2—The Islah Party responded to allegations that the Houthis intend to dissolve the party, telling the Yemen Times on Monday that the Houthis do not have the legitimacy to dissolve any party.

A tribal leader in Al-Zaher district, which the Houthis entered on Feb. 17, claims the Houthis are occupying schools and giving Friday sermons at mosques.

Al-Baida tribesmen claim Houthis breaching agreement

Published on 2 March 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in News

SANA’A, March 1—Brief clashes broke out Saturday in Al-Zaher district of Al-Baida governorate between Houthis and tribesmen. The Houthis entered the district on Feb. 17 as part of a deal made with the tribesmen, who now claim the Houthis are violating the agreement.


Rasha Abdulkafi told the Yemen Times she was repeatedly harassed at Sana’a University by armed Houthis who ordered her to wear an abaya and threatened to sexually assault her.

This article has photo galleryWhat does the Houthis’ rise mean for women? (Part 1)

Published on 2 March 2015 by Fareed Al-Homaid in Report

This is part one of a two-part series on the Houthis and women’s rights. Part one looks at how women in Sana’a have been affected since the Houthis’ takeover of the capital on Sept. 21. Part two, which will be published on March 5, will examine the difference between the movement’s professed values regarding women and how women are actually being treated, as well as the situation for women in other governorates under Houthi control, such as Sa’ada and Amran.

The closure of the Saudi embassy (pictured) has made it difficult for Yemenis to get visas for the wealthy Gulf country, affecting those planning to go for pilgrimage or work, among other things.

In aftermath of embassy closures, ordinary Yemenis suffer the consequences

Published on 2 March 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Report

While the country continues to calculate the political costs of the mass embassy exodus in Sana’a, ordinary Yemenis are already feeling the pain.

Plans to renovate damaged museums and other cultural sites have been put on hold following the resignation of the government. (unhcr)

Abyan declared ‘culturally afflicted’

Published on 2 March 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in Report

In December 2014, Yemen’s then Minister of Culture Arwa Othman released a press statement in which she referred to Yemen’s Abyan governorate as being culturally “afflicted.” The statement was released shortly after Othman completed a tour of the governorate and surveyed its cultural institutes. As a result of continued clashes between the Yemeni army and militants from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), many such institutes have been damaged and turned into makeshift homes and camps for the region’s internally displaced persons (IDPs).