More than fifty apostate Houthis were killed and dozens of others were injured after Ansar al-Sharia carried out a suicide bombing on a gathering of apostate Houthis in the Yemeni capital Thursday morning.
Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia’s correspondent in Sana’a province explained that the martyred brother, Abu Mu’awiyah al-Sana’ani – God accept him – detonated a suicide belt among a gathering of Houthis during their preparations to rally in Tahrir Square in the capital Sana’a. His explosion left dozens killed and injured among their ranks, although it is difficult to determine the exact number of casualties.
It is important to note that local and international media outlets reported that the suicide attack led to the death of more than fifty Houthis and injured 150 others, most of them with critical injuries.
Ansar al-Sharia targeted apostate Houthi leader Ibrahim al-Mahtouri with an IED, blowing up his car Friday around midday in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.
Akhbar Ansar al-Sharia’s correspondent explained that the mujahideen had earlier planted the IED on al-Mahtouri’s vehicle, before exploding the device while he was in the vehicle at 11:30 am in a residential area of the Sa’wan neighbourhood of the capital, Sana’a. Our correspondent indicated that the mujahideen confirmed al-Mahtouri suffered serious injuries from the explosion, but were unable to confirm if he was killed.
It is important to note that Ibrahim al-Mahtouri is the nephew of Murtada bin Zayd al-Mahrouri, a well-known Houthi religious authority.
Translated by Kevin Moore.
*Note: Content contained in the above statement is that of Ansar al-Sharia, and is not endorsed by the translator.
Ansar al-Shari’a targeted the American embassy in the capital Sana’a this evening with a LAW1 rocket.
Akhbar Ansar al-Shari’a’s correspondent in Sana’a explained that initial reports indicated that the attack led to injuries among the embassy guards and damaged an armoured vehicle. He explained that the attack came in response to American drones which targeted Muslim children in the province of Jawf yesterday (Friday), critically injuring them.
Translated by Kevin Moore.
View original statement here.
1 Light Anti-Tank Weapon or Light Anti-Armour Weapon.
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Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird recently congratulated Yemen on the success of its National Dialogue Conference. Baird considered the conference a historical achievement, paving the way for freedom, democracy, human rights and the Rule of Law in Yemen. The Foreign Minister also confirmed that Canada will continue to support Yemen during this period of political transition.
Yemen’s House of Representatives met for the first session of the current period. The session comes in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack last week and continuing civilian casualties from US drone strikes in the country.
The Libyan National Solidarity Party has released a statement condemning the suicide bomber and gunmen who attacked Yemen’s defence ministry this morning. The party is calling for national unity, as well as support for the armed forces and the president in the wake of the attack. Yemen has faced major instability since the uprising of 2011, and extremist groups (many linked to Al-Qaeda) have mounted several attacks on Yemeni security forces since 2012.
Egypt’s Ambassador in Sana’a: Egyptian vessel released 11 days after pirate attack, Youm al-Masri,
Author: Goma3 Hamdallah
قال أشرف عقل، سفير مصر لدى «صنعاء»، إن جهود السفارة المصرية في اليمن تكللت بالنجاح، حيث سمح لمركب الصيد المصري «النجمة الذهبية» بالعودة إلى مصر.
وأضاف «عقل» أن المركب غادر، فجر الإثنين، سواحل محافظة الحديدة، التي أمضى فيها 11 يوما، للحفاظ على أمن وسلامة أفراد طاقمه، نظراً للأجواء المتوترة نتيجة مناهضة الصيادين اليمنيين مراكب الصيد الأجنبية ومنها المصرية.
وناشد السفير المصري مجدداً مراكب الصيد المصرية الامتناع التام عن مخالفة قواعد وقوانين الصيد في الشواطئ اليمنية، مشيراً إلى المخاطر الجسيمة، التي تتعرض لها أطقم المراكب في حالة عدم احترامها تلك القوانين.
كان مركب الصيد «النجمة الذهبية» تعرض، الأسبوع الماضي، خلال قيامه بالصيد بالسواحل اليمنية إلى هجوم من جانب قراصنة يمنيين، وقامت بمطاردتهم القوات البحرية اليمنية، حيث سحبت مركب الصيد إلى أحد الموانئ اليمنية، وتسبب الهجوم الذي تعرض له المركب في إصابة أحد الصيادين المصريين.
Ashraf Akl, Egypt’s Ambassador to “Sana’a“, said that efforts of the Egyptian Embassy in Yemen culminated productively, allowing the Egyptian fishing vessel “Gold Star” to return to Egypt.
Akl added that the vessel left the coast of the Al Hudaydah province on Monday morning after 11 days (in port), to maintain the security of crew members due to tension caused by anti-Yemeni fishermen and foreign and Egyptian fishing vessels (in the region).
The Egyptian Ambassador appealed again that Egyptian fishing vessels fully refrain from violation of fishing rules and regulations on Yemeni Shores, pointing to serious risks that expose other boats in the case of non-compliance.
The attack on the fishing vessel, Gold Star, at last week occurred whilst on a fishing expedition to the Yemeni coast by Yemeni Pirates, who were chased away by the Yemeni Navy, who towed the fishing vessel into a Yemeni port. The cause of attack was the exposure of the vessel, in which one Egyptian fisherman was wounded.
This incident represents the first such incident in the gulf region, other articles report that the pirates robbed the ship taking radar, weapons, gear radar equipment and tonnes of fish. Egypt says a slow response to the attack by the Yemeni coast guard was partly to blame. Considering that the Yemeni coast guard was only created in 2003, I consider their presence, delayed as it may be, to be a positive sign. As far as naval regions go the Gulf is a smaller one and theoretically one that could be policed should the motivation and funding be high enough, although the Somali pirate hype of 2011 showed that in practice this was difficult to accomplish no matter the number of ships, marines and helicopters the EU, Norway, etc. coalition threw at it.
The Yemeni coast is exposed to many different forces that operate in the region. Among the mainstream sea traffic including container ships, tankers and cruise liners there are scattered various smuggling operations ranging from drugs, goods, arms and people. The semi-autonomous region of Puntland in Somalia has been recognized by some commentators as being a key point for some of these activities. Including the people smuggling from Somalia destined to Saudi. January 2013 saw the Coast Guard seize a ship carrying rockets that were destined for it’s shores.
Thrown into the mix are the regular sea-bandits as well as illegal fishing activities that continue to strain intergovernmental ties in the region. The men who robbed the trawler may have been opportunists such as many of the “pirating” activities of 1990s South East Asia, but considering one of the men was shot, something not mentioned in the above article, but on Daily News Egypt, it probably wasn’t.
Whether this will become a trend or not it far too early to tell and the risk is not necessarily any higher than it usually is in those waters considering the activities that have been ongoing for decades.
Apparently four men have been arrested for the incident.
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