AL-THAWRI: Sanaa weekly, 28-5-98. [Archives:1998/22/Press Review]

June 1 1998

(Yemeni Socialist Party – YSP)   Main Headline:
1- The YSP celebrates the 8th anniversary of unification, and calls for national reconciliation.
2- Several governorates are witnessing bomb explosions, two of which occurred in Aden – one man was killed and 5 were wounded.
3- The Council of Ministers puts a moratorium on paying compensations for damages incurred through natural disasters.
4- Journalists continue discussing the crises plaguing their syndicate.
5- The Central Security apparatus in Hajja denies arresting 7 Yemeni engineers. “They were brought for questioning for interfering in the activities of a company doing sewerage work.”
Article Summary:
Confrontations with Extremists
Widespread armed confrontations took place on Tuesday between groups of extremists holed-up in the Hatat camp, 35km north of Zanzibar, Abyan. Joint police and army forces attacked the camp using heavy artillery and helicopter gunships.
Tribal and community leaders in Yafi’ had previously requested the authorities to put an end to the activities of the extremists, who started their military training in the area 3 months ago with the help of instructors of different nationalities.
A shroud of secrecy is surrounding this army operation, as it seems that the extremists’ mountain positions are well defended and almost impregnable.