Al-Wahdawi [Archives:2008/1160/Press Review]

May 2 2008

May 28, 2008
Top Stories

– YOHR launches annual report on human rights and democracy

– Qaeda Organization in Yemen call on comrades to attack foreign interests in Yemen

– Sana'a commercial court fines Al-Arabia Satellite Channel YR 3,000 (equivalent to $15)

– Interior Minister calls on Houthis to surrender themselves to police stations

Yemen's Interior Minister Gen. Mutahar Rashad Al-Masri called on Houthi supporters, entrenching in the Bani Husheish district of Sana'a governorate, as well as other armed Houthis spreading in the various Sa'ada governorate, to surrender themselves to nearby police stations and departments following two weeks of fierce clashes that left dozens on both sides killed or injured, the NUPO-affiliated website reported.

This came after a Defense Ministry's source declared that Bani Husheish district had been purified from Houthi loyalists, who expressed allegiance with Houthis's field leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi in his fight with the government troops. On his part, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi denied authenticity of stories published by the official media outlets that he was killed in a rocket attack by the government troops in Al-Naqaa area of Sa'ada governorate over the past two days.

Al-Houthi said in a recorded tape that stories published by the government are inauthentic and baseless, adding that he is leading his followers' battles with army personnel in Sa'ada. “There is no honor for the authority to claim that it killed or injured any Yemeni citizen without committing a sin. Since the military operations were started, the authority achieved nothing of its sought-after objectives, and therefore it is accused of committing crimes against humanity,” the Houthis' fieled leader was quoted as saying.

According to the website, the latest outbreak of fighting in the mountainous province of Saada had erupted in April last year after a lull in hostilities ensuing a ceasefire agreement brokered by Qatar in last June.

The government launched a major offensive to crush al-Houthi's rebel group and the Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed to impose law and order in the province after a bomb blast outside a mosque killed 15 people dead there on May