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Dozens reported dead in two days of air strikes

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Yemen Times

Published on 22 April 2014 in News
Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (author)

SANA’A, April 21—Dozens were killed in a series of air raids on Sunday and Monday in Abyan, Shabwa and Marib governorates, according to the Ministry of Defense.

The Ministry of Defense said that Yemen’s air force and American drones carried out the strikes which were targeting alleged al-Qaeda affiliates.

Details of the strikes remain murky and there are conflicting reports on the number of casualties.

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115 African migrants arrested while attempting to cross into Yemen

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Yemen Times

Published on 22 April 2014 in News
Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author)

SANA’A, April 20—Coastguard and military units on Saturday arrested 115 migrants and refugees traveling in two boats. The detained are from Somalia and Ethiopia.

Shuja Mahdi, the operations director of the Coastguard, said the first boat was encountered near Mayyun island with 75 on board, 15 of them Somalis and four of them women.

Patrols of the 17th Infantry Brigade spotted the second boat carrying 23 Somalis and 17 Ethiopians off the Dubab coast, according to the state-run Saba news agency.

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Dozens Jailed for Debts

At Least 142 Held in Sanaa over Debt, ‘Blood Money,’ Fines

(Sanaa, April 22, 2014) – At least 142 people are being held in the Sanaa Central Prison in Yemen because of a debt or fine they are unable to pay, Human Rights Watch said today. The prison director says he is holding 142 people for those reasons, though prisoners say there are many more. Yemeni authorities should release people imprisoned solely because they are unable to pay debts or fines, Human Rights Watch said.

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Yemen Price Bulletin April 2014

Wheat is the staple food for poor households in Yemen; sorghum is most often consumed as a substitute. Rice is important to all wealth groups. Sana’a market is the most important in Yemen and supplies other markets within the country. Wheat milling is concentrated at the ports of Aden and Al Hudayda, which also serve as the main reference and source markets for their respective region’s of the country. Aden is the reference market for the southern region, located in a deficit zone and is the largest wholesale market with a large storage capacity.

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The challenge of youth unemployment

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Yemen Times

Published on 17 April 2014 in Report
Madiha AlJunaid (author)

Just off one of Sana’a’s main roads, a man in his twenties, Zakaria Al-Ghanmi, sits with a bent back on the sidewalk selling sweets and small food items. Like many of his contemporaries, he has a forlorn look about him and he prays that things do not get any worse.

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Yemen: Emergency Response Fund - March 2014

In March, the ERF allocated over $2.1 million to seven projects that will help people meet their critical needs in water and sanitation, health, nutrition and protection in Yemen.

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Drone kills 15 'Qaeda', 3 civilians in Yemen: security

04/19/2014 08:31 GMT

SANAA, April 19, 2014 (AFP) - A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen's central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group, a security official said.

The jihadists were travelling in a vehicle towards the southern Shabwa province, witnesses said. The three civilians were passing by in another car.

The United States is the only country that operates drones in Yemen, but officials rarely discuss the covert programme.

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Sana’a hospitals fight to stay open after orders to shut down

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Yemen Times

Amal al Yarisi (author)

Several of the hospitals ordered to be shut down by the Ministry of Pubic Health and Population last August remain in operation.

The Women and Children’s Hospital, located on Khawlan Street in Sana’a, is a three-story building housing about 50 beds and several units, including an operations unit, intensive care and emergency.

The hospital appears to be clean and organized and the manager says he has recently introduced a host of reforms.

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Yemen takes a major first step in reaching marginalized communities

SANA”A, April 15 - UNICEF in collaboration with the Social Welfare Fund (SWF) of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MoSAL), today launched the mapping of muhamasheen communities (locally known as Akhdam) in Taiz Governorate. This survey, which is expected to reach some 10,000 households, is the first of its kind in Yemen, specifically targeting the most marginalized population.

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MERS claims first victim in Yemen

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Yemen Times

Published on 15 April 2014 in News
Sina Khalid (author)

SANA’A, April 14—A Yemeni citizen died in Sana’a on Monday, one day after he was diagnosed with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to Deputy Health Minsiter Nasser Ba’awn.

“Medical staff have recorded a case infected with the coronavirus in Sana’a. The victim is a Yemeni aeronautics engineer,” the state-run Al-Thawra Newspaper quoted Health Minister Ahmed Al-Ansi as saying on Sunday.

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Aid groups tackle rising drug use among young people

Drug abuse by young people is a growing problem in Yemen. With a US$100,000 grant from the Emergency Response Fund (ERF), a Danish Refugee Council (DRC) project is reducing the incidence of drug use among young people in the southern Yemeni governorate of Aden.

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Families displaced in Shabwa violence

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Yemen Times

SHABWA, April 14—Fifty families have been displaced from Al-Ain district of Shabwa over the past week in clashes between two local tribes.

Violent clashes broke out between the Al-Ahwal and Al-Aslm tribes last Tuesday, leaving six people dead including two women. Four others were injured.

Zabin Atia, a journalist in Shabwa, said that there are humanitarian concerns as the displaced families have no access to food supplies.

The fighting was sparked by the killing of an Al-Aslm tribal sheikh by members of the rival tribe in Huraib market, according to Atia.

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OFID attends high-level meetings in Washington, DC

Loan agreements signed with four partner countries

Vienna, Austria, April 14, 2014. A delegation from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), headed by Director-General Mr Suleiman J Al-Herbish, has concluded a high-level mission to Washington, DC, to attend the 2014 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as a number of other important meetings. Highlights of the mission include the following:

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Yemen: Humanitarian Dashboard (as of 28 February 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW

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Yemen: Humanitarian Snapshot (March 2014)

In Amran, tensions continue despite relative calm that has allowed humanitarian assistance to be scaled up. On 22 March, clashes forced 400-500 families to flee their homes.

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