AL-JAMAHEER: Sanaa weekly, 3-4-98. [Archives:1998/18/Press Review]

May 4 1998

(Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party)   Main Headline:
1- Organizers of Mukallah demonstration exploited a constitutional right for secessionist issues.
2- After being refused entry into Saudi Arabia, a number of Yemeni farmers communicated their grievances to the Saudi prince of Jeezan (Saudi region bordering Yemen). The ban on Yemeni produce from entering Saudi Arabia was started before Hajj, and is still in force.
3- The Mufti of Yemen expresses the illegality of encroaching on the Khozaima cemetery for whatever purpose, including constructing a flyover road.
4- A female drug smuggler from Kuwait was released in return for $20,000. She was caught at the beginning of March with a quantity of drugs at Sanaa airport.
Article Summary:
Reporter Assaulted
A reporter working for Al-Balagh newspaper was assaulted by policemen while covering the exhumation of dead bodies at the Khozaima cemetery. The place is being cleared for the construction of the “Friendship Bridge” by the Chinese Road and Bridge company. Police confiscated the photographs taken by the reporter and threatened him with physical harm.
Strong protestations have been expressed by the families of the dead against the intended clearing of this very old cemetery.