AL-SHOURAH: Sanaa weekly, 27-9-98. [Archives:1998/40/Press Review]

October 5 1998

(Federation of Popular Forces)   Main Headline:
1- Bomb explosions and tribal wars are on the rise.
2- Opposition Coordination Council condemns the assault by security forces on the Badr Scholastic Center in Sanaa and the arrest of its director, Murtadhah Al-Mohatwari.
3- Amnesty International representative: “Yemen refuses to abolish the punishments of flogging, amputation and execution.”
4- US Embassy official, Ms Angela Dicky held a meeting with the Yemeni Organization for Defending Human Rights and Democratic Liberties.
5- The Bani Matar and Bani Haima tribes refuse government intermediation efforts to stop their 3-month-old war, which led to 7 people dead and more than 15 wounded. Both tribes are still buying and stocking light and medium-weight armor.
6- Some 180 MPs demand that two cars be allocated to each MP, the same as government ministers.
7- Ministry of Fisheries office in Hadhramaut lost $1 million because a government official intermediated to let the owners of two foreign trawlers, caught fishing illegally in Yemen’s territorial waters, off the hook. They were going to be fined the above sum.
Article Summary:
Air-conditioners Retrieved
A dispute of over the ownership of 20 air-conditioners erupted between the management of the Olufi Hospital in Hodeida and the Chinese medical team who used to work there. Diplomatic intervention led to the Ministry of Health ordering the hospital to hand over the machines to the Chinese, who proved their ownership.
On their part, the Russian medical team left the hospital and went back to Sanaa in protest over the management’s refusal to install air-conditioners in their rooms.