AL-THAWRI: Sanaa weekly, 26-3-98. [Archives:1998/13/Press Review]

March 30 1998

(Yemen Socialist Party – YSP)   Main Headline:
1- The YSP and other opposition parties consider the court sentences on secessionist leaders as a continuation of 1994 war.
2- Joint diplomatic efforts are underway to improve Yemeni-Eritrean relations.
3- Wanted by Egyptian authorities, an Egyptian Muslim extremist teaching at a religious institute in Hadhramaut wages a hate campaign against the YSP.
4- Upon a complaint by the Ministry of Information, two Thawri writers are to appear in court to answer for articles they wrote
5- Anonymous ‘phone callers threaten YSP activist Fouad Ba-Matraf with death and his wife and daughter with rape.
Article Summary:
Suspected Sheikh Resists
Security forces are still deployed in Al-Hisn, Abyan following an order by the governorate’s prosecutor to arrest Sheikh Saleh Al-Atwi, who is suspected of being behind a recent spate of bomb explosions in the area. Police tried to arrest the Sheikh while passing through the town’s market, but his bodyguards thwarted the attempt.
The Sheikh and his supporters are still holed-up in his mountain palace, which is surrounded by the security forces. Despite mediation efforts by prominent figures, the Sheikh refuses to surrender or negotiate.