AL-AYYAM: Aden bi-weekly, 15-2-98. (Independent) [Archives:1998/07/Press Review]

February 16 1998

Main Headlines: 1- A statement on Iraq crisis sets off much debate and controversy in parliament. 2- US Ambassador: ‘Yemen is making a lot of efforts to improve human rights conditions, but there is a lot more to be done.’ 3- Security measures are taken to prevent sea smuggling through the Bir Ali area in Shabwa. Article Summary: 1- Poppy Farm Discovered Police in Ibb were able to discover an poppy farm in the Sahool area. With an area of 135 sq.m, the farm is said to belong to a man, whose initials only are released by the police. Q.A. is presently being questioned by the Ibb police. 2- Qat Smuggling Continues Four qat dealers from Lauder, Moodiya, Wadhi’ and Zanzibar resorted to burning a quantity of qat just outside the qat-tax levying checkpoint in Lauder, Abyan. Protesting against he official high tax of 22%, the dealers also threatened the qat-tax collectors manning the checkpoint. Sympathizing with their fellow traders, other qat dealers went on strike. This has encouraged qat smugglers to resume their activities.