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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Statement: US Embassy in Sana’a Disappointed at Fabrications in Governmental Media

Mohammed Mohammed Saleh
Deputy Head Sana'a Chamber of Commerce
Sana'a, Yemen

Dear Mr. Saleh,

I was surprised and disappointed to see articles in several newspapers, July 31 claiming to report on statements that I am alleged to have made during out meeting yesterday at the Chamber of Commerce, including assertions I reportedly made that the U.S. advocates a return to the negotiating table as the solution to the crisis and belives that President Saleh's return here is necessary to resolve Yemen's political and economic crises.

As you know, I made no such assertion during out meeting, which was focused solely on the economic challenges that Yemen faces. For an accurate account of our discussion, I draw your attention to the statement on the meeting posted by the Chamber of Commerce on their website

Furthermore, U.S. perspectives regarding the political crisis Yemen is currently experiencing cannot be more clear and have been stated on multiple occasions by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton: the United States believes that, in order to address the political situation here, President Saleh should begin the transition of power immediately and sign and implement the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative. This position was reiterated by the Deputy National Security Advisor, John Bernnan, as recently as July 10, when he stated that "the United States believes that a transition in Yemen should begin immediately so that the Yemeni people can realize their aspirations."

The U.S. Embassy values its relationship with the Yemen Chamber of Commerce and is anxious to see further progress in our cooperation, which can support our interest in advancing bilateral economic cooperation. But we cannot maintain a relationship with the Sana'a Chamber of Commerce if comments that Embassy officials make in discussions at the Chamber are to be misrepresented in the press. I urge you to take action to correct the false statements in the following newspapers: al-Thawra, 26 September, and al-Motamar.

Ting Wu
Economic Officer
Minta Madeley
Acting Public Affairs Chief

July 31st Updates!

MarebPress: A military source revealed that two fighter jets were launched from Al-Anad Military Air Base, targeting Arhab, north of Sana'a. A secret weapon transaction had taken place in the past few days between Saleh's forces and Russia, which includes missiles, Russian rockets and other types of heavy artillery as the source mentioned.

The air strikers were accompanied by wide movements by Republican Guards forces to secure Sana'a International Airport after Arhab tribes threatened to hit the airport by all means of warfare in response to the constant strikes on their village


MarebPress: A military plane from Sana'a arrived to Taiz airport carrying 150 members of special forces. Republican Guard forces are considering Taiz city the most city that "includes the fiercest resistance against Saleh's forces". Witnesses said that armed regime forces were seen carrying RPG weapons in Al-Hawban area, eastern entrance of Taiz as this weapon is seen at the hands of regime thugs for the first time.
The National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms announced on Sunday on forming a special teams to monitor violations in crisis areas in Yemen.

The non-governmental organization said it had established a special team to monitor crimes committed in the Directorate of Arheb ,north Sana'a, and another in Abyan province, noting that its team in Taiz monitors the violations that happens within the province.

The organization, known as «Hood» in a statement received to MasdarOnline: «What is happening is a scandal against Yemeni humanity,it should be stopped and everyone should fulfill his/her duty in order to achieve justice and security».

It added that the formation of new monitoring teams came as a result of the tragic events accelerated in areas of Abyan, Arheb and other hot spots, and the resulting deteriorating humanitarian situation facing the civilian population of the vulnerable groups of society.


MarebPress: A tribal source in a phone call revelead that Arhab tribesmen are in the process of preparting special mechanisms and tanks to hit Sana'a International Airport. The source attributed the cause is the continuous use of Yemeni air force by Saleh's family to shell their villages in Arhab.

Regarding that, several international flights to arrive to Sana'a Interntaional Airport were canceled by Yemenia Airlines. Also, a large number of flights, domestic and external flights, changed route after threats by Arhab tribe to shell Sana'a International Airport and all the airlines connecting to it. 


President Saleh gave out a statement today congratulating people on the month of Ramadan, main points in the speech were:

- The change everyone aspires to can not be reached through violence.

- We have directed the government to increase it's efforts in providing fuel derivatives, and to keep the constant stream of electrical power for all cities, and we bid all citizens not to hinder and obstruct fuel carriers.

- We would like to affirm, on this occasion [Ramadan], on the importance of the different political parties committing to the Gulf Initiative and the Security Council statement as the grounds to solving the crisis that the country is going through.

- Our people can not allow their will, political choices and accomplishments to be wasted.

- Abdo Rabo Mansour Hadi, Vice President of the Republic is performing some national efforts in the direction of resolving the crisis and its dialouge with the political parties.

(Reuters) - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Sunday for dialogue with his opponents during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to help resolve a crisis over demands for his removal which has paralysed Yemen and confounded efforts at mediation.

- Islahi's are attacking RepGuards in Arhab to take over Al-Sama'a camp mostly, 1stArmoredDiv.
- Dead bodies do not belong to civilians they are militants. Army doesn't attack civilians. It was a coup by 1st Armored Division that's why they were killed.
- 90% of tribes support Saleh. The Tribal Alliance does not represent anything. Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ahmar is ONLY one of the Sheikhs of Hashid.


Brigade 310 Republican Guards that support the revolution announced that eight Battalions joined the revolution in Amran today

Under the slogan, "Your silence is killing us", youth are going out in a march in Sana'a from Al-Qadesya roundabout at 3:30pm. Join them to acheive their demands.

MarebPress: Al-Jamemah and Khasm Bukrah camps are shelling Arhab by Katyusha missiles this moment.

People in Aden are cutting Arwa Street in Crater protesting against the lack of fuel. #

MasdarOnline: Government employes in Al-Jawf protest in front of Finance Ministry in Sana'a to demand their salaries that they didn't receive for the past 5 months. 

Dozens of Republican Guard forces and special forces join the peaceful revolution in Change Square of Sana'a this afternoon.

Sanaa: Today's march for the Revolution Youth started from Al-Qadisiya roundabout,headed to to Rabat Street, then to 16th Street and then to the back side of the Ministry of oil next to Sabha company for cars heading to Zubairy Street, during which a group of central security forces stopped them and prevented them from implementing the vigil in front of the Ministry of Oil , but they carried out the vigil until they finish,chanting slogans then returning through Hael St, then to the square, and now they are close to the platform

Sanaa:a march by the revolution youth arrived a while ago to the back side of the oil ministry but they were prevented from continuing their march and implementing the vigil in front of the ministry by Central Security Forces that were stationed in front of the port leading to Zubairy Street near the Oil Ministry, a group of youth tried to negotiate with them, but they prevented them from continuing so the youth remained for moments, chanting slogans and revolutionary chants""O puzzles government where is oil and Gas "" revolution, revolution until victory, "" revolution, revolution until there is no corrupt stays in the palace, "" Hey America, Hey Saudi no negotiations no Dialogue the youth made their decision" they returned through Hael St. 

Sanaa: Now Revolution youth are close to the oil company located in Zubairy St where there is a car full of Central Security forces that arrived a while ago stationed now in front of the company , protesters are continuing their march chanting their revolutionary chants.

News that Saleh will deliver a speech tonight at 8:00PM Sana'a time; maybe to congratulate people on the month of Ramadan

SABA: Yemeni Vice President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi met on Sunday, the U.S. Ambassador and Acting ambassador in British Embassy in separate meetings in Sana'a.He discussed with those Western diplomats the developments in the national scene between the main players in the crisis in Yemen.

MasderOnline | Civil Alliance holds the Republican Guard responsible for the abduction of its founding council member Al-Samaai

Lahj :| soldiers burning tires and cut the road between Aden and Lahj because cutting off their salaries demanding its payment.

Yaman Agency : Military reinforcements reach the vicinity of Al-Thawra hospital , Taiz

Sanaa : Hearing explosions minutes ago from Arheb's direction 

Media Center | The shelling is still going constantly on different parts of Arheb and the sound of shells is heard clearly in the northern parts of the capital Sanaa , while power cut on most of the provinces of the Republic following the bombing of electricity towers by the Republican guards.

Powerful missile attack from Thawma camp in Bani Hushiash for the past two hours on areas and villages of Arhab. Witnesses confirm seeing the shells and missiles passing over their houses; a state of panic and fear is affecting the people of north Sana'a. 

Candlelight vigil in Dhamar:

March in Taiz this morning assuring continuing the revolution until their demands are met.

First Taraweeh prayer in Taiz for Ramadan 

Saturday, 30 July 2011

July 30th Updates + Names of air raid victims in Abyan

Rada'a, Dhamar and Al-Bayda tribesmen are arriving to Change Square of Sana'a to declare protecting the revolution and youth

MarebPress: Warplanes are bombing a number of Arhab tribes

MarebPress: Al-Jamemah camp is shelling Arhab tribe by surface missiles. 

AFP: 11 people were killed including two officers in south of Yemen in Al-Qaeda attack on the headquarters of the army.

Shaqra Security Cheif, Colonel Mohammed Saeed was killed in raids by warplanes yesterday on tribal militants in Abyan. 

Former Commander of Center of Abyan, Colonel Ahmad Awad in the air raids yesterday on tribal militants in Abyan

Cutting the road leading from and to Al-Boreqa after large protests against continuous water cuts in Aden.

MarebPress: UN enjoy to Yemen, Jamal Bin Omar, departs from Sana'a.

Lauder Medical Hospital in Abyan received eight cases yesterday, two of them injured by air raids and 6 by live bullets in the chest, two were announced dead immediately. Source confirm that all of the injured were tribesmen

Security forces disperse dozens of car owners who demonstrated this morning in Aden against the high prices of gasoline (175 YR/ liter) and the lack of a less expensive type.

MarebPress: Tribes Alliance of Yemen delcare a document of alliance and victory that confirms the tribes obligation to protect the sit-ins. The document also emphasizes that any attack on the revolution supporters is an attack on the Yemeni tribes.

Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ahmar, Hashid tribe leader pledges that President Saleh will not rule the country as long as hes alive. He also calls to support Arhab tribes considering that their victory is a victory for the revolution

AJE : 14 pro-government tribesmen fighting al -Qaeda in Southern Yemen have been killed by friendly fire. An official says the air strikes on the city of Zinjibar on Friday targeted their own team by accident.

MarebPress : Tribes of Arhab declare a state of alert and warn all airline companies from using Sana'a international airport starting form today. 

Sana'a | News of clashes between pro-regime Sheikh Sagheer Aziz and supporters of Sheikh Al-Ahmar in Mazda Street a few minutes ago.

Masdar Online : Office of Sheikh Abdulmajeed al-Zindani denounced the statements reported by military source of the regime, which accused Alzindani that he led what he called "The military operations against the camps of the Republican Guards forces" in Arhab Directorate to the north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa

MarebPress : Villages of Arhab are now exposed to heavy shelling with tank shells and Katyusha rockets from brigade 61 of the Republican Guards forces in Mount Alsamaa

MarebPress | Military source : The air crafts that bomb on Arhab, launch from Al-Anad base, the air base of Almaharah and Tariq base of Taiz

Yemen announces tomorrow as the last day of Sha'aban and Monday will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan

Al-Hudaidah | Armed group break into Hais post office and rob 16 Million Yemeni Ryals

Sana'a | Youth of revolution call for the march of "Your Silence kills us" today at 3:30 PM, the march will start from CityMart roundabouts; Everybody is called to participate

Abyan | Names of some of those who were killed in yesterday's air raid on Abyan :
1-Colonel Ahmed Awad Mohammed commander of Aden-Abyan axis.
2- Sheikh And Almonem Mohammed Nasser Al-Nakhie, Sheikh of Al-Nakhie tribe.
3- Colonel Haidara Ali Al-Hadal.
4- Colonel Jamal Nemy.
5- Colonel Mohamed Sa'ed Marmy.
6- Mohammed Nasser Al-Shagery.
7- Mohammed Ali Al-Hadal.
8- Ghassan Mohammed Al-Hadal.
9- Mohssen Haidara Al-Hadal.
10- Alawi Aladeel Mulhem.
11- Ali Nasser Saleh Aloob.
12- Badr Haidra Mohammed.
13- Saleh Nasser Hassen.
14- Mansoor Sa'ed Ali.
15- Saleh Ahmed Khalil.
16- Gharieb Mohammed Hussien Al-Marmy.
17- Mohammed Alkhather Mohamed.
18- Alkhather Ahmed Al-Saidi.
19- Mansoor Ali Al-Hais.
20- Awad Mohammed Awad Al-Habish.
21- Ahmed Mohammed Nasser Nakhi.
22- Saleh Tawhal.
23- Alkhather Almakhrby.
24- Salem Ahmed Dahms.
25- Alkhather Ahmed Amzhafy.
26- Nasser Dofan.
27- Saleh Mohammed Shareef.

News from Arhab, hundreds of dead in the bloody war by Republican Guards forces on the village

MediaCenter: Reports of Republican Guards failing to stop the successful progress made by the tribes desperately by very heavy shelling.

Very powerful explosions shaking Arhab, could be heard from most areas of Sana'a.

Warplanes are overflying the skies of Sana'a right now.

Illustration of Al-Sama'a Mount Republican Guard camp and Al-Fareeja camp in Arhab.

March in Taiz, male and females

Female march in Hodeidah 

Friday, 29 July 2011

Patience and Persistence Friday- July 29th

"Yemen is facing many challenges and difficulties but we hope its not really collapsing, the length of the presidency period caused the president to make a lot of mistakes, but he is not the only person who is responsible for these mistakes, opposition shares responsibility." Al-Qerbi said.

He denied in an interview with BBC, that his talks in London has addressed to discuss the so-called "safe exit" to the President. He called the opposition to work with the government to bring about the desired change.

Al-Qerbi said that it was not the President who had asked for the guarantees that were mentioned in the Gulf initiative, pointing out that they were made by the GCC itself, and it included all those who worked for President Saleh.

He also indicated that President Saleh had no objection of the place where the initiative should be signed, the only problem was when he called the opposition to sign the initiative in the Presidential Palace and they refused as if they did not recognize him as a President, so it was a problem of trust from the two parties.

"We require early Presidential elections in Yemen with high transparency for the peaceful transition of power to take place. We all want change, but, in a way that maintains security and unity for Yemen." Al-Qerbi added.


100 construction companies threatened with bankruptcy and a half million workers became unemployed.

Ibb : With rain falling , a mass mass is gathering for the Friday of Patience and Persistence, and a heavy presence of militants to protect the revolution.

Hodeidah:tens of thousands participate in the Friday of Patience and Persistence, demanding the trial of war criminals of Saleh's regime and the revolutionary escalation until the demands of the people achieved

More than 100 thousand demonstrating today in Dhamar saluting the strength of the citizens in Taiz,Arheb ,Nahm and condemning the crimes of the Republican Guard against their brothers in those areas 

Hundreds of thousands attended the prayer of Patience and Persistence Friday in 60th St Sanaa, condemning Saleh's Family crimes in Arheb and Taiz.

MarebPress: Temporary truce between Republican Guards forces and tribesmen in Arhab in order to collect the dead bodies from both sides.

MarebPress: Yemeni air force bombed some checkpoints for tribal communities that were headed towards Zanjibar, Abyan this afternoon

MarebPress: Warplanes bombed a checkpoint in Hassan valley and another east of Zanjibar, reports of dead and injured.

MarebPress: Military Source: The bombed checkpoints in Abyan had clashes before; tribes did not coordinate with the army on the their headquarters. 

The tribal checkpoints that were bombed by warplanes are about 2km away from Zanjibar, Abyan

MarebPress: Brigade 61 Republican Guards located in Al-Sama'a Mount, north of Sana'a is Katyusha shelling Nahm and Bani Harith tribes.

MarebPress: Republican Guards in Saraf area are missile shelling areas and villages of Nahm and Arhab

(Saba) - President Ali Abdullah Saleh confirmed his readiness to transfer power anytime, but via early election, Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi has said.

Arrived to the oil refinery in Aden today the first shipment, 80 thousdand mertic ton, of crude oil coming from Ras Issa port in Hodeidah since the reform of the oil pipeline in Mareb. Data indicated that the shipments of oil pumped to Ras Issa port are about 300 thousand metric tons since the reforming of the oil pipeline in Mareb that will arrive to the oil port through oil tankers.

(Saba) - UN Secretary General's Envoy Jamal Ben Omar said Friday that the solution for the Yemeni political crisis was still possible.

Renewed powerful explosions in are heard from Arhab, north of Sana'a.

MarebPress: Arhab tribe is threatening to hit Sana'a International Airport by all means of warfare available to them in response to the aircraft attack on them. 

MarebPress: Arhab tribe is threatening all international airline companies that arrived to Sana'a International Airport and all the passengers from dealing with Sana'a International Airport, starting Sunday.

MarebPress: Arhab tribe condemns the brutal killing and terrible representation of the dead bodies assuring that what happened is well over all religions and international laws.

MarebPress: Arhab tribe is demanding the Attorney General to immediately arrest Republican Guard commander, Ahmad Ali Saleh as a war criminal that should be prosecuted.

MasdarOnline: 6 soldiers were killed and 18 injured during confrontation in Dofes Valley in Abyan. Tribes aiding the army say that Yemen air force shelled their headquarters and that three tribesmen were killed. Tribes also claim that forces loyal to the regime are hindering their advancement towards clearing Zinjbar of the supposed "Al-Qaida fighters".

MasdarOnline: Death of Brigade 31 commander and Battalion Brigade 201 commander along with wounding 18 others in clashes with Al-Qaeda militants in Dofes Valley in Abyan

MasdarOnline: Death toll of the Yemeni air raids victims on the tribal communities that are supporting the military in fighting against Al-Qaeda in Abyan rises to 9 and a number of wounded. 

Remnants of Republican Guards forces in Arhab killed the tribal prisoners who were arrested yesterday after the heavy clashes on them.

Starting from Sunday, July 31st, youth in Aden are calling for mass civil disobedience.

Brigade 39 Commander, Colonel Mohammed Al-Salahi was killed along with five soldiers in an attack carried out by gunmen at 7:30pm today in Dofes, Abyan. Bodies were transfered to Basoheib Military Hospital in Tawahi, Aden.

Primary outcome of the clashes today in Abyan rise to more than 14 killed and 40 injured from tribesmen.

Gunmen in Abyan are besieging tribal groups and preventing the exit of the dead and wounded from the tribesmen.

Local Sources: Yemeni aricrafts are used as camouflage while US drones are bombing the gunmen in Abyan.

Arhab tribes are being subjected to the heaviest artillery and missile attack from a number of Republican Guards Brigades.

MarebPress: Al-Jamemah, Bait Dahra, Khashm Al-Bukra, Al-Darafi camps are all shelling the eastern and southern regions of Al-Sama'a Mount in Arhab to prevent the tribesmen from making more progress towards the remnants Brigades in Al-Sama'a Mount.

An attack on Al-Jund checkpoint by tribal militants in Taiz and reports of dead and injured in the ranks of Republican Guards forces. 

Heavy shelling with heavy weapons on Al-Rawda and Kalabah districts by Republican Guards stationed near Al-Tharwa Hospital in Taiz. 

Heavy gunfire by light and medium weapon in Zaid Al-Mosheki district in Taiz. 

Powerful explosion shaking Taiz right now, believed to be random shelling by Republican Guards on residential areas.

Heavy clashes between tribal militants and Republican Guards in Taiz in Zaid Al-Mosheki, Masbah, Al Thawra Hospital, and areas near Freedom Square, sounds of explosions are still shaking the city.

MarebPress: Republican Guards forces renew shelling Freedom Square and Al-Rawda district in Taiz.

Arabiya: A number of injured in Freedom Square of Taiz. 

Activist Majed Abdulqawee Abdullah was injured in Freedom Square of Taiz when Republican Guards forces shelled the area moments ago.

The following is the text of the Statement made by Arhab tribes yesterday regarding the ongoing shelling by Republican Guard forces:

In the name of Allah the Merciful

Statement issued by Arhab people regarding the killing of the prisoners that were declared on Yemen state TV, the aggressor has gone into more aggression exceeding the border in vengeance. The agressions reached its maxiumum when the traitors from the remnants of Republican Guards forces in the Brigades stationed in Arhab killed prisoners in a brutal way, this is what never happened in history of warfare before and is not approved by prescribed nor religion nor any law; therefore, we the poeple of Arhab:

1. We condemn and deplore what has happened to our martyrs from horrific killings and representation of their pure bodies as a result of this criminal act that have exceeded all the heavenly religions, international lawss and tribal customs; stressing at the same time our legal right to prosecute the perpetrators of this horrific crime, we will be on a lookout for them until they get a penalty for their actions, sooner or later, God willing.

2. We hold Acting President Abdo Rabo Mansour Hadi completely responsibile for this heinous crime.

3. We demand the Attoreny General to arrest Commander of Republican Guards forces Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh considering him a war criminal that should be prosecuted as well as Brigade leaders:
- Major General Nasser Al-Matari, Commander of Third Infantry Mountain
- Mohammed Hussien Al-Bukhaiti, Commander of 62nd Republican Guard Brigade
- Mohammed Al-Radi, Commander of 83rd Artillery Republican Guard Brigade
- Ali Hamoud Al-Mosheki,, Commander of 63rd Republican Guard Brigade
- Ali Al-Roni, Commander of Air Defense Republican Guard Brigade

4. Send our condolenses to the people and families of the pure martyrs who wrote the finest victories with their pure blood riching the beloved Yemen, we also congratulate them for being chosen by God as martyrs.

5. We call on all the jealous citizens from around the beloved country to stand united against these murderes and criminals from Ali Saleh's traitors in order for the people's revolution to be crowned with success and victory in the near future, God willing.

6. In the same context, we want the remnants of the collapsing regime from going too far in its attacks against Arhab tribe. It has become time to fight back, twice as much, and not stand by idly. We will protect ourselves, our sons, our homes and our properties with all our strength. We will be loyal to our martyrs and prisoners until the end, Allah said in the holy Quran book "Allah does not like the public mention of evil except by one who has been wronged. And ever is Allah Hearing and Knowing."

Glory and eternity to our faithful martyrs
Issued by Arhab tribe
Dated on July 29th 2011


‎"Together, to a beautiful Yemen" a project that was lauched by youth in Taiz to plant trees in Freedom Square of Taiz for a full week.

Republican Guard forces join the peaceful revolution in Kursh, Lahj today

Friday of Patience and Persistence preacher in Sanaa Abdul Salam Alkhderi: we are waiting in Ramadan the joining of the rest of our brothers in the Republican Guard and the Central Security to the peaceful people's revolution.

Soldiers joining the peaceful revolution in Dhamar city

Patience and Persistence Friday in Rada'a

Patience and Persistence Friday in Ibb

Patience and Persistence Friday in Taiz

Patience and Persistence Friday in Sana'a

Patience and Persistence Friday in Al-Baydah

Patience and Persistence Friday in Sa'ada

Patience and Persistence Friday in Hodeidah

Patience and Persistence Friday in Sayoon

Patience and Persistence Friday in Mukalah

Patience and Persistence Friday in Tarim