AL-THAWRI: Sanaa weekly, 23-7-98. [Archives:1998/30/Press Review]

July 27 1998

(Yemeni Socialist Party – YSP)   Main Headline:
1- Saudi Arabia occupies the third Yemeni island within 2 months. Saudi Minister of Interior, Prince Nayif says that his country is prepared to allow Yemeni troops back on the southern part only of the occupied Dowaima Island.
2- Clashes between Mareb tribes and the army leave 10 dead and several wounded from both sides. The government sent an army division which bombed Al-Mutoon, Mareb, in retaliation for ambushing a motorcade carrying the Minister of Interior and several other senior officials. Artillery shelling destroyed several houses and led to displacing many people.
3- Several RPG missiles were fired at the ruling People’s General Congress branch offices in Lauder, Abyan. Security forces in the area have not yet made any reaction, and no casualties were reported.
Article Summary:
Fishermen Denied New Boats
A large number of fishermen gathered outside the branch office of the Ministry of Fisheries in Abyan. They demanded to know what became of 106 (out of 180) fishing boats with their out-board motors. The government is supposed to provide these boats as compensation for the fishermen whose boats were nationalized in the eastern and southern governorates.
The process of distributing the boats was quite dubious. Each fisherman was handed a title deed with his name on it, only to discover later that the real official deed has the names of 2 or 3 other fishermen! Other boats were given to people entirely unrelated to fishing.