Al-Mithaq [Archives:2007/1038/Press Review]

April 2 2007

Monday, March 26
Mouthpiece of the General People Congress

Main Headlines

– Yemen designs a vision for activating Arab joint work and solidarity

– MPs select 11 Shoura Council members for posts in the Anti-Corruption Authority

– Political parties discuss election system, local authorities and economic policies

– Government reveals ten industrial zones at the Investment Opportunity Exploration Conference

– Minister of Oil and Minerals: Shabwa Gas Project operates normally

– Higher Education Minister: The government's support for scientific research is limited

– 30 Sa'ada rebels surrender, others arrested in Al-Talh and Dhahian areas

The weekly said that as many as 30 terrorist elements have surrendered while others have been arrested by police in Al-Talh and Dhahian areas in the restive governorate of Sa'ada. It quoted Sa'ada Governor, Yahya Al-Shami, as saying that the military and security forces are still refraining from raiding Sa'ada city because terrorists use innocent civilians as human armours.

It added that the government troops are hunting the terrorism remnants, who fled to remote areas in Al-Safra district in the governorate. Al-Shami told Al-Methaq weekly that the terrorist groups are confused due to the strong military operations and offensives the troops launch against them. He added that the military and security forces are besieging the Al-Talh and Dhahian districts where the rebels are hiding and using citizens as human armours.

According to the governor, the troops are engaged in armed confrontations with some rebels in other areas, but in a state of full alert in order to avoid killing innocent civilians and damaging property.