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Benomar warns of military threats against political transfer in Yemen

Published on 31 May 2012 by Khalid Al-Karimi in News

SANA’A,May 30- UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, warned in his report delivered to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that spoilers of the transitional period will be punished and that the patience of the international community is running thin.

Tribal leader in Ibb threatens to stage demonstrations

Published on 31 May 2012 by Mohammed Al-Samei in News

SANA’A, May 30 - On Tuesday a coalition of tribal leaders in Ibb governorate decided to allow one more week before the final deadline to hand over personnel from the security forces. The personnel are alleged to have killed five people and wounded four from Ibb’s Al-Kafr district in March in the capital Sana’a.

UNICEF: Urgent need for immediate action in Yemen

Published on 31 May 2012 by Muaad Al-Maqtari in News

SANA’A, May 27- “There is an urgent need for immediate action to aid 13 million children who make up more than half of Yemen’s population,” said UNICEF’s Representative to Yemen Gert Kabileri in a press release issued last Wednesday.

The stand of the Islamic clerics with Hadi represents a more support to his legtimacy in the religious Yemen.

Islamic clerics demand Hadi to quicken army reorganizing

Published on 31 May 2012 by Muaad Al-Maqtari in News

SANA’A May 30- in their first meeting with the new President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi on Tuesday May 29th, a group of Sunni Islamic clerics have demanded that he hasten the army reorganization and purge it of any partisan or personal loyalties.

Head of the new party [Development and Building Organization], Mohammed Abu Lahoom said that the purpose of his party is to contribute in establishing a modern civil sate based on justice, equality and state of law.

Declaration of a new political party in Yemen

Published on 31 May 2012 by Khalid Al-Karimi in News

SANA’A, May 30- Under the slogan, “building a civil state based on justice, freedom and development,” the preparatory committee of the Development and Building Organization (DBO) held an inauguration ceremony and press conference on May 28th in the capital Sana’a.

Electricity outages double the spread of Dengue fever in Hodeida

Published on 31 May 2012 by Mohammed Al-Samei in News

HODEIDA, May 30 — “Ongoing power outages have doubled the spread of pandemics such as Dengue fever in Hodeida,” Abdulrahman Jar Allah, director of the Public Health Office in Hodeida, told the Yemen Times.

Left: Mukbil Ghuthaim, right: Asqander Al-Asbahi

Saleh media loyalist defies orders to step down

Published on 31 May 2012 by Amal Al-Yarisi in News

SANA’A, May 30 — Asqander Al-Asbahi has been unable to fulfill his duties as general manager of the state-run Television and Radio Corporation since his appointment by Information Minister Ali Al-Amrani last Monday.

The participants placed roses on the martyrs' ‭ ‬posters‭, ‬which were plastered to a wooden wall colored with blood‭.‬

Yemeni youth mark anniversary of Al-Sabeen deadly bombing

Published on 31 May 2012 by Nadia Haddash in News

SANA’A, May 30- A week after more than 100 soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in Al-Sabeen Square in Sana’a, Yemeni youth organized a gathering at the site to distribute invitations to commemorate the event in person and through Facebook.

Abdullah Al-Khaledi, the Saudi diplomat hostage was appeared this week in a video clip posted by Al-Qaeda. Analysts say that Al-Qaeda aims by kidnapping foreigners to get money.

Al-Qaeda’s new technique to gain money

Published on 31 May 2012 by Ahmed Dawood in News

SANA’A, May 30 — In addition to taking over cities and carrying out suicide bombings, Al-Qaeda has begun stepping up the kidnapping of foreigners in Yemen.

In Taiz water comes only once a month, leaving many households with no access to water. The government plans to carry out a desalination project in Al-Mokha port on the Red Sea to provide water access to three governorates including Taiz, Ibb, and Al-Baid

Water: the challenge that faces Yemen

Published on 31 May 2012 by Emad Al-Saqqaf in News

TAIZ, May 30 — The Yemeni Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) held the “Regional Water Forum” in Taiz on Saturday morning. It was held in cooperation with the Responsive Governance Project (RGP), a USAID-funded project.

Tawakul proudly displays her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Liberian women’s rights campaigner Leymah Gbowee

December: A good month for Yemenis

Published on 12 December 2011 by Shatha Al-Harazi in News

SANAA, Dec.11 – In the last month of 2011 four Yemenis won international awards in everything from human rights to signing competitions.

Contaminated medication confiscted last year in Sana'a

Counterfeit medications in circulation

Published on 12 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in News

SupportYemen began as a Twitter hashtag but has grown into a global campaign.

Protesters march for justice and human rights

Published on 21 December 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in News

Hundreds of anti-regime protesters held a march during the launch of the SupportYemen campaign on Saturday.

Riots in Dhamar prison

Published on 21 December 2011 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in News

Old city gate in Zabid, which had seven historical gates surrounding the old city. Only four remained until today.

Arson attack destroys historical landmark

Published on 22 December 2011 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in News

A bitter businessman whose bid for a wood deal was not selected is thought to have set to the timber Friday, also destroying a historical site where the wood was stored.

Overloaded Somali trade boat sinks off Yemen

Published on 22 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in News

Two women and a child are still missing in the Gulf of Aden after a Somali trade boat sank on Wednesday on route to Somalia, according to the Coast Guards Authority (CGA).


The ex-president’s regime tried to use the public’s inclination toward conservatism to drive a wedge between the revolutionaries and the people who have chosen not to take part in demonstrations.

This article has photo gallerySana’a freedom square women: Substantial presence in the face of conservative culture

Published on 31 May 2012 by Ibrahim Al-Ansi in Opinion

From the very beginning of Yemen’s uprising, women have stood at the forefront of revolutionary crowds, their presence an extension of struggles waged by male peers to advance the call for change. Yet some have opposed women’s participation in these demonstrations, charging that women could be subject to harm either inside or outside the squares due to Yemen’s prevalent social conservative customs forbidding close contact between men and women.

The difficulties of moving forward in Yemen

Published on 27 December 2011 by The National Interest Jonathan Ruhe in Opinion

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s surprising decision to transfer power to his deputy on November 23 has been greeted with approval in Riyadh, Washington and at the United Nations. Yet it has elicited a broader range of emotions in Yemen itself, including jubilation, indifference and outright hostility. Saleh’s agreement to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) transition plan represents the first of many steps toward addressing – though not necessarily resolving – one of the Middle East’s most intractable crises. It also unleashes divisions that will complicate the tasks of shaping and installing a successor government. Given the upheavals of the past year, prospects for positive change are uncertain.

Plotting the 2012 war against

Published on 27 December 2011 by End World Hunger William Lambers in Opinion

Last month the UN World Food Programme (WFP) held a meeting in Rome to discuss strategy for fighting a growing hunger crisis in Yemen. The WFP’s executive board approved a USD 32 million budget increase for its plan to distribute rations to families suffering from high food prices. The total budget for this 2011-2012 operation stands at over USD 122 million.


Dr. Mohammed Al-Mikhlafi

Dr. Mohammed al-Mikhlafi to the Yemen Times: “The current situation is an appropriate opportunity for transformation”

Published on 2 January 2012 by Mohammed bin Sallam in Interview

Dr. Mohammed Al-Mikhlafi was chosen by the traditional opposition to run the Ministry of Legal Affairs in the newly National Unity Government. Al-Mikhlafi has been contributing to the human rights advocacy in Yemen. Al-Mikhlafi was the chairman of the Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights (YOHR), is a member of the Yemen Socialist Party Political Office and a leading figure in the JMP.

The Magrabi hospital had to close down for around three weeks during the armed conflict on Zubairi Street, now operations are back to normal although the bullet holes remained.

Dr. Mahfouth A Bamashmus to YT: “Yemenis need to take more care of their eyes”

Published on 28 December 2011 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Interview

Dr. Mahfouth Bamashmus, FRCSEd FRCOphth, is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Sana'a University. He is also the Medical Director of the Yemen Magrabi Hospital in Sana’a and is a well known as a Cornea, Refractive and Phaco Surgeon. He talked to The Yemen Times about several issues that concern eye problems in Yemen.

You are one of few ophthalmic surgeons in Yemen for cornea transplantations. Is there a demand for this in Yemen? And where do you get the corneas from?


A rare look inside Al-Qaeda’s Yemen operations

Published on 31 May 2012 by David Ignatius / / First published on May 28 in Report

Osama bin Laden wrote before he died that Yemen was the place where al-Qaeda had its best chance of establishing its own state — if it acted carefully and avoided alienating the local population. I suspect that bin Laden, who was something of a TV news junkie, would be encouraged and also worried by a new PBS documentary from inside the terror group’s Yemeni operations.

Saving Yemen from disaster

Published on 31 May 2012 by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed / / First published on May 25 in Report

Yemen’s exports are not much. They consist of about 200,000 barrels of oil daily, a little natural gas, few coffee beans and salted fish. For this reason, the annual government budget is less than $ 6 billion. Yemen has a population of a little over 24 million, of whom 45 percent are under the poverty line according to international statistics.

A woman in her family’s destroyed house in Al-Hasaba area where fierce clashes took place between Saleh’s forces and armed supporters of Al-Ahmar family.

This article has photo galleryYemen in 2011

Published on 2 January 2012 by Yemen Times Staff in Report

Mohammad Al-Sayaghi, a freelance videographer and journalist, said that photojournalism in Yemen difficult and dangerous, needing a lot of focus and an ability to accommodate people.

This article has photo galleryWhy is it difficult to take pictures in Yemen?

Published on 31 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in Report

Yemen is a challenging place to take pictures. Despite its unique beauty and interesting culture, photographers have to deal with an array of issues from people refusing to have their photos taken or just being too eager to getting in the shot, to insecurity and violence.

Despite having spearheaded Yemen's peaceful revolution, youth say they have been neglected by both the opposition and the Gulf initiative.

All you need to know about the Youth Movement

Published on 29 December 2011 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Report

Despite ten months of marching and protesting, the youth were entirely excluded from the GCC agreement. It is thus worth investigating who and what the Youth Movement now is, and how they have developed.

US drone strikes have been carried out in different times against the area of Azzan in Shabwa, east Yemen.

Azzan: A town run by armed Islamists

Published on 19 December 2011 by Ali Saeed in Report

Surrounded by mountains and valleys, the peaceful market town of Azzan, in the east of Yemen, is mostly populated by farmers and herders. It is also controlled by armed Islamists, affiliated with Al-Qaeda.

Open days give children the opportunity to learn about their rights.

Building happiness and confidence for Hodeida’s children

Published on 21 November 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Report

JMP parties between partnership and withdrawal

Published on 31 May 2012 by Ahmed Dawood in Report

Disagreements were voiced by the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) recently after President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi's decree forming the Outreach Committee for the comprehensive National Dialogue.


Al-Mualla main road in Aden has been blocked by Southern movement demonstrators who control all  squares  in Aden except one square in Crater which is run by the Islah party.

Aden’s coffee shops talk secession

Published on 31 December 2011 by Shafee Jamal in Culture

I was sitting in a coffee shop with a friend of mine the other day in the southern Yemeni port town of Aden, when an argument broke out over the television. 

 The Roman Catholic Church in Tawahi district of Aden.

Aden’s rich religious heritage

Published on 12 January 2012 by Shafee Jamal in Culture

Religious tolerance can be hard to find these days, and especially difficult to find in conservative, Islamic Yemen. But the southern port city of Aden was once a city of religious tolerance with Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims living and working together.

“Immoral needs” and mobile chat

Published on 5 January 2012 by Marwa Najmaldin in Culture

Abdurrahman Fadhl has taken the name of ‘Essar 9’ (or ‘hurricane 9’ in English) as a handle on the mobile chat service provided by local mobile phone companies for a cheap price.

Meet Marwan Al-Mekhlafi, the revolution’s comedian

Published on 5 January 2012 by Amira Al-Arasi in Culture

His audience are mostly internet browsers. On Facebook and YouTube, his satirical videos has given voice to those who wish to oust the regime.


Even safe tourism sites witnessed no flow of tourists, leading hundreds of tourism and travel agencies to shut down.

Tourism sector loses over USD one billion in 2011

Published on 29 December 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Business

Yemen's tourism sector has experienced a near-total collapse this year, leaving travel agencies with closed doors and many employees without jobs.

Many in Sana’a are forced to make do with just one or two hours electricity a day amid chronic power shortages.

Yemen: Back to the dark ages

Published on 21 November 2011 by Malak Shaher in Business

Many in Sana’a are forced to make do with just one or two hours electricity a day amid chronic power shortages.

The National Unity Government has promised to bring stability to the rial, which has been fluctuating for two years.

Economic highlights of the new cabinet’s two-year plan (part 2)

Published on 30 November -1 by Ali Saeed in Business

Mohamed Basundwa, Yemen’s interim prime minister, made a tour of the Gulf states this week to mobilize support and seek financial assistance for the cabinet’s two-year economic program.

In last Thursday’s issue, the Yemen Times covered the first of the government’s plans to boost the economy. Today we present our second part on the economic plan. We’ll keep you updated in future issues as the plan progresses.

Parliamentarians suggested to the government increasing micro-finance for small businesses to reduce poverty instead of expanding beneficiaries of the social welfare fund.

Economic highlights of the new cabinet’s two-year plan (part 1)

Published on 5 January 2012 by Ali Saeed in Business

After a 10-month uprising that has brought Yemen’s economy to a standstill if not to a complete collapse, the new “National Unity” government obtained last week parliament’s endorsement for its two-year program to address the country’s current political, humanitarian, and economic crises. 


Some Yemeni men feel awkward about holding a rose in public, so they cover the rose in a bag so no one sees it. (YT Photo by Fatima Al-Azani)

Yemeni men feel shy to hold a rose in public

Published on 31 May 2012 by Mohammed Al-Samei in Variety

Flowers are barely noticed among most in Yemeni society. Yemeni people live in a warlike environment, with increased instances of violence and terrorism, according to Abdulaziz Mohamed, a university student in Sana’a.

View Point

...And what about women?

Published on 27 December 2011 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in View Point

The new government is in place. With the exception of two ministers, the new cabinet has been sworn in and has begun work immediately. It was disappointing after so much talk of a 20 percent quota to have only two female ministers and one female state minister named. A 20 percent quota calls for at least seven women.

Health & Environment

Children are the victims of infectious diseases made worse by low winter temperatures. The majority of people in Melhan live below the poverty line and cannot afford needed medications.

Infectious diseases spreading in Mahwit

Published on 2 January 2012 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Health & Environment

Locals in Melhan, a district in Mahwit Governorate in northwest Yemen, have been complaining about the breakout of new and strange diseases this year.

Polio can cause irreversible paralysis in a matter of hours and in some be fatal, says the WHO.

Yemen works to stay polio- free

Published on 21 November 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Health & Environment

More than four million Yemeni children under the age of five were immunized as part of a new campaign to keep the country free of the virus.

Heart health by numbers

Published on 28 December 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Heart diseases are the number one killer across the globe. It doesn’t discriminate anyone. It strikes males and females, young and old - basically all and any. When we say heart diseases, we mean multiple conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. Heart disease includes coronary artery disease, pulmonary heart disease, and hypertension.

Foods that will lower cancer risk

Published on 2 January 2012 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment

Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. — Hipocrates

Food prices went up significantly in 2011, with the cost of bread in Sana’a going up by 50 percent in just six months, says WFP.

$100m boost for Yemeni food aid

Published on 16 January 2012 by Garnet Roach in Health & Environment

The United Nations World Food Programme has allocated $213 million towards providing food aid for Yemenis in 2012.

Picture of the week

A man relaxes his way down empty Sana’a streets.

A man relaxes his way down empty Sana’a streets

Published on 27 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in Picture of the week

Press Release

UNFPA and partners addressing gender-based violence in Yemen are working to eliminate violence against women and girls. This year’s global theme is ‘peace in the home to peace in the world: Make education safe for all’. (Photo by Giacomo_Pirozzi-UNICEF)

Three million women and girls at risk of violence in Yemen

Published on 25 November 2016 by in Press Release

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2016


International Migrants Day

Published on 25 December 2014 by in Snapshot

Hadda Bridge officially opened

Published on 20 November 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

Calling former president Saleh for presidency

Published on 11 November 2014 by Brett Scott in Snapshot

Pro-Saleh demonstration

Published on 9 November 2014 by Brett Scott in Snapshot

Sana’a University students protest

Published on 4 November 2014 by Mohammed Al-Imad in Snapshot

Zakaria and his colorful motorbike

Published on 30 October 2014 by Brett Scott in Snapshot

Pro-government rally

Published on 7 September 2014 by Brett Scott in Snapshot

Diesel shortage hits the nation

Published on 24 April 2014 by Micah Reddy in Snapshot

Day of Dignity observed

Published on 20 March 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

Modern meets traditional

Published on 20 February 2014 by Shohdi Al-Sofi in Snapshot

Tamarhindi business

Published on 6 February 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

Water vendor

Published on 5 December 2013 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot


Published on 14 November 2013 by TEDxSanaa in Snapshot

On Wednesday four Sana’a schools were recognized for their achievements in community service at the Cultural Center.  The Soul foundation sponsored the event.

Community service

Published on 31 October 2013 by Sina Al-Qubati in Snapshot

Live from the Basement

Published on 22 October 2013 by The Basement in Snapshot

The amusement park

Published on 10 October 2013 by Samar Qaed in Snapshot

“Express your suffering with a candle”

Published on 8 October 2013 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

Yemenis say enough

Published on 7 April 2015 by Yemen Times in Snapshot

Friday of Dignity four years later

Published on 18 March 2015 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Snapshot

"The Last Chance"

Published on 3 October 2013 by Sara Al-Zawqari in Snapshot

Solidarity and confidence

Published on 1 October 2013 by Ali Abulohoom in Snapshot

Sana’a—Twelve participants prepare to compete in the 2013 Arab Boxing PRO Championship on Monday. Yemeni—English boxer Prince Naseem Hamed was the guest of honor at the event. Yemeni National Moncef El Hmoukhani, 56 kg., won the featherweight division of

Arab Boxing PRO Championship

Published on 10 September 2013 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot

Chewing qat

Published on 5 September 2013 by in Snapshot

Drowning in trash

Published on 19 March 2012 by Shawqi Al-Saqqaf in Snapshot

A Houthi demonstration in Sa’ada on Friday calling for an election boycott. The Houthis in the north and the secessionist Southern Movement have the same position on the election.

Houthis to boycott election

Published on 23 February 2012 by in Snapshot

Poultry for sale in Sana’a

Published on 22 August 2013 by Samar Qaed in Snapshot

A child in Nhim, 30 km north Sana’a playing with spent ordinances left by the shelling between the republican guards and local armed opposition erupted last May 2011.

A child in Nhim

Published on 5 March 2012 by Mohamed Al-Emad in Snapshot

“Bintul sahn,” a sweet Yemeni dish, baked on election day with the words, “Yes to the consensus president”.

Yes to the consensus president

Published on 30 November -1 by Foad Al-Hrazae in Snapshot

Soufis celebrate the birth of prophet Mohammed in old Sana’a.

Celebrating Maulid Annabi

Published on 13 February 2012 by in Snapshot

    Children from Amran, a fishing village overlooking the Arabian Sea. Four children drowned in 2010 while working. Photo courtesy of Sule Caglar

Children from Amran

Published on 6 February 2012 by Sule Caglar in Snapshot

truck bubles

Something went wrong

Published on 30 January 2012 by Garnet Roach in Snapshot

Students at Sana’a University

Published on 11 December 2014 by Mohammed Al-Emad in Snapshot

Need fuel? Get in line

Published on 9 April 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Snapshot