AL-UMMA: Sanaa weekly, 5-3-98. [Archives:1998/10/Press Review]

March 9 1998

(Al-Haqq Party)   Main Headline:
1- Detained without proper charges in response to US demands, Sheikh Al-Bohaisy’s health condition deteriorates in a Sanaa jail.
2- To offset budget deficit due to drop in oil prices, the Yemeni government is increasing basic commodity prices instead of restricting public spending.
3- Opposition parties discuss final preparations to send an airplane load of aid to Iraq.
4- Sentencing Garaudy to pay a $20,000 fine confirms the influence of the Zionist lobby in France.
Article Summary:
Act of Desperation
Residents in South Safia, Sanaa were quite horrified when a hand grenade exploded at dawn last Monday. Police surrounded a house where the man who threw the grenade barricaded himself. An exchange of fire ensued, and lasted until noon! A community leader, Col. Naji Al-Hardi intervened trying to persuade the man to surrender himself. The police, however, shot and injured him. It transpired later that he is a member of an opposition party, and had his salary stopped for more than a year now.