Al-Balagh [Archives:2006/910/Press Review]

January 9 2006

3 Jan. 2006
Main headlines

– Confrontations continue in areas of Nashour and Umalmaalim, Army troops advance towards AlSalem and put pressure on Waelah sheikh to confront Al-Houthi supporters

– Kidnappers of Italian tourists demand release of their relatives and reparations

– Man and two women killed in a 40-year-old vengeance case in Mareb

– armed gang attack a sewage project in Taiz

The editor in chief of the newspaper devotes his article to tackle the ongoing fighting in the governorate of Saada, mentioning he has received contacts from Saada inhabitants appealing for stopping the destructive war going on for more than 16 months. He says they felt surprised about silence towards what is going on there, requesting the parliament to an actual intervention to end the war and closing that file that does not differentiate between children, women or elderly people. In their contacts Saada citizens say the war has destroyed houses and farms and electric power has been cut from many of the villages there. The citizens wondered why the state does not search for a peaceful solution for the war instead of the sound of bullets. They asked why the parliament does not interfere and finds a peaceful solution where the states preserves its prestige and preserve the life of the citizens and that the solution should be according to the constitution and the law with preserving the higher interest of the country and the citizens rights.

The writer maintains saying the victor in this war is vanquished whoever may be. Those who get killed are the sons of this homeland and tragedies that happen are inside Yemen not outside it.

The state is faced with great challenges, more important is the economy and the second is the political map. The internal challenges are very many and those of outside are no less. The challenges of security and stability impose themselves strongly and against them the state needs to close the file of Saada in order to be free in dealing with the other challenges. The writer concludes by calling for raising slogans of construction, peace and security and stability instead of slogans of destruction, war and that of the sound of bullets.