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07 Jun 2011 description

Brussels, 07 June 2011 - Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Commission Vice President, today established a new Task Force for the Southern Mediterranean. The Task Force will bring together expertise from the European External Action Service, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other international financial institutions to act as a focal point for assistance to countries in North Africa which are going through political transformation.

07 Jun 2011 description


Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor
Interviewee: Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

June 7, 2011

07 Jun 2011 description
report Yemen Times

Michelle Laval



2 February 2011: Thousands of Yemenis opposed to the government take to the streets of Sana’a, Aden and Taiz on the “First Day of Rage”. Protesters are demanding that the Consitution be amended in order to prevent President Saleh to run for another term. In a speech to the nation, Ali Abdullah Saleh promises that he will leave the presidency once his term completed and that his son Ahmed will not be put forward as he next presidential candidate.

07 Jun 2011 description
report Kuwait News Agency

KUWAIT, June 7 (KUNA) -- Yemeni Ambassador to Kuwait Dr. Khaled Rajeh Sheikh said on Tuesday that the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) is quick to come to the humanitarian aid of nations affected with natural or social catastrophes.

After meeting KRCS Chairman, Barjas Al-Barjas, he expressed appreciation for the role assumed by Kuwait in support of Yemen through its different crises, which illustrate the warm feelings of cooperation between both sides.

07 Jun 2011 description
Situation Report
Humanitarian Snapshot

This report is produced by the Humanitarian Country Team in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA Yemen country office. It covers the period from 31 May 2011 to 6 June 2011. The next report will be issued on or around 12 June 2011.

I. Highlights/Key priorities

  • Heavy fighting between government and anti-regime tribal forces have left at least 29 dead and over a hundred injured, including women and children. Hundreds more are displaced within the capital Sana’a.

06 Jun 2011 description
report Logistics Cluster






  • The general security situation in Yemen remains tense, especially in Sana'a, where fighting has been resumed between government security forces and Hashid federation tribesmen loyal to Sadiq al-Ahmar. Both anti-government and pro-government continue demonstrating across the country. The GCC proposal for the Yemeni president's resignation in a month time has not yet been signed by the Yemen president.

06 Jun 2011 description

06 Jun 2011 16:17

  • Petrol prices continue to rise inside Yemen

  • Still unclear when pipeline repairs to start

(Adds details, trade comment, background)

By Humeyra Pamuk and Jonathan Saul

05 Jun 2011 description
report European Union

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement:

"I am following the situation in Yemen very closely and with the utmost concern. The escalation of violence must stop immediately. I call for an immediate ceasefire and on all sides to exercise the maximum restraint.

05 Jun 2011 description
  • Medical treatment in Saudi Arabia may ease Saleh's exit

  • Saudi Arabia, reaction in Yemen, may offer signals

  • Events could mark beginning of end to Yemen upheaval

By Reed Stevenson

DUBAI, June 5 (Reuters) - Every minute Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh spends away from his country is one step closer to the end of his three-decade rule.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet.

04 Jun 2011 description
  • Saleh has shrapnel near heart, burns on face-BBC

  • Other Yemen officials in Saudi Arabia for treatment

  • Tensions ease in Taiz as troops leave (Adds Saleh expected in Saudi Arabia)

By Mohamed Sudam and Amena Bakr

SANAA/RIYADH, June 4 (Reuters) - Saudia Arabia brokered a fresh truce in Yemen on Saturday and a Riyadh government source said President Ali Abdullah Saleh was expected to leave the country within hours for medical treatment.

04 Jun 2011 description
report Human Rights Watch

Forces and Gangs Kill Protesters, Attack Medical Workers in Taizz

(Tunis, June 4, 2011) – The Yemeni government’s escalating violence against largely peaceful protesters and medical workers should prompt countries around the world to freeze foreign assets of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his top security officials, Human Rights Watch said today. Other countries should also ban all exports of arms and security equipment to Yemen, Human Rights Watch said.

03 Jun 2011 description
report The New York Times

By ROBERT F. WORTH and LAURA KASINOF Published: June 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — Even as Yemen’s political crisis deepens, the country is on the brink of an economic collapse so dire it could take years to recover, and hobble efforts to rebuild its fragmented society.

Read the complete story on the New York Times

03 Jun 2011 description

GENEVA, June 3 (UNHCR) – Two refugees are among those killed in recent clashes in Yemen that have displaced thousands of Yemenis and refugees alike. The UN refugee agency has expressed alarm at the deteriorating situation, which is affecting its ability to help these vulnerable groups.

03 Jun 2011 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

03 Jun 2011 description
report AlertNet

By Katie Nguyen

LONDON (AlertNet) - Forces loyal to Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled with fighters from the country's most powerful tribe in the capital Sana'a on Thursday.

The clashes killed dozens and raised fears of civil war in the poorest Arab country, where Saleh was already struggling to quell a separatist rebellion in the south and a Shi'ite insurgency in the north.

02 Jun 2011 description
report Yemen Times

Mohammed bin Sallam and Chiara Onassis Published:02-06-2011

About a week ago, President Saleh addressed the nation, warning that he would retaliate against those who opposed his rule, his patience being worn out. He also said that that whatever blood would be spilled as a result, would be the tribes’ responsibility.

On Sunday the President fulfilled his vows by unleashing his army upon the southern city of Taiz.

02 Jun 2011 description
report Yemen Times

Ali Saeed Published:02-06-2011

SANA’A, June 1 — Terror spread in the capital Sana’a after a five-day ceasefire between loyalist military forces and tribesmen from the Hashid confederation was broken last Tuesday night at 1:00 AM.

Witnesses reported heavy fighting in the capital overnight as both sides blamed each other for breaking the ceasefire.

Latest reports from medics operating ambulances near Al-Hasaba put the number of dead at 41. However, the number if expected to rise as fighting continues.

02 Jun 2011 description

The Yemeni authorities must immediately stop killings of protesters and other human rights violations by their security forces if the country is not to descend into further chaos and possible civil war, Amnesty International said today.