Al-Rai_Al-Aam [Archives:2007/1068/Press Review]

July 16 2007

Tuesday, July 10
Main Headlines

– Floods wash seven cars away, damage 7 homes, uncover capital city's random planning

– Third 2-day ultimate given to Sa'ada rebels to quit their positions on the tops of mountains and lay down their arms expires

– Prime Minister orders Health Ministry to stop all the procedures related with kidney transplantation drugs

– People having transplanted kidneys appeal to President to rescue them

– Parliament holds closed session for assessing its performance, discussing Tender Law

– Interior Ministry heightens security as police seizes explosives in tax

According to the weekly, the Yemeni Interior Ministry has intensified security measures in the country main cities after police on Tuesday seized explosives in a taxi in the southern city of Aden, a week after seven Spanish tourists and two Yemenis were killed by a suicide bomber. The taxi driver told police that two men who hired his vehicle on Monday had left behind TNT explosives, detonators and a gallon of petrol, a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Security has been tightened around government buildings and Western interests in Yemen, he added.

The US embassy in Yemen said in a statement it had stopped its employees from travelling to the governate of Aden until further notice. It urged all US citizens to avoid the area and to maintain a “high level of vigilance throughout Yemen.”” The statement added that embassy staff movements had been restricted in the capital Sanaa and trips outside the city had been cancelled until July 14