Al-Wahdawi [Archives:2007/1104/Press Review]

November 19 2007

Tuesday, November 13
Top Stories

-Joint Meeting Parties' Executive Staff condemns threats against opposition politicians and activists

-Yemen Female Media Forum call members to attend meeting with German Ambassador

-Band of highwaymen kills one, injures another in Ibb province

-Pesticide tradesmen and importers appeal to President to resolve their crisis with Ministry of Agriculture

-U.S. Embassy's attacker faces up to five years in jail

The State Security Court sentenced a man to five years in jail on Monday for shooting at the U.S. Embassy's compound in 2006, the weekly paper reported. It added that the prosecution had charged the gunman, Saleh Al-Ammari, who shot a semi-automatic rifle at the Embassy in December, of seeking to damage Yemen's diplomatic relations, the agency said. Al-Ammari was wounded after embassy guards returned fire. No embassy staff were hurt.

The weekly quoted U.S. press as praising Yemeni government's efforts in cracking down on Al-Qaeda-linked militants after an attack on the U.S. warship Cole in 2000 that killed 17 sailors. An explosive-filled boat also rammed the French tanker Limburg off the Yemeni coast in 2002. The western media consider Yemen as the ancestral home of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, saying that its government jointed the U.S.-led war on terrorism after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.