AL-WAHDAWI: Sanaa weekly, 14-7-98. [Archives:1998/29/Press Review]
(People’s Nasserite Unionist Organization) Main Headline:
1- Breakdown in talks between government and tribes leads to more armed clashes in Mareb and Jawf. Air raids on tribal strongholds leave tens dead and wounded.
2- Admiral Thomas Fargo, commander of US Navy, visits Sanaa to finalize agreement on joint military exercises and granting military facilities to US Navy on Yemeni soil.
3- Diplomatic sources indicate that Yemen – under Western pressure – accepts a compromise solution to the dispute with Eritrea on Hunaish Islands.
4- The 100-Committee to Combat Torture calls for information on individuals who torture detainees at police stations and detention centers.
Mareb & Jawf: The Missing Truth
By Mohammed Y. Al-Zaydi
What are the real reasons behind the recent events in Mareb and Jawf that led to the death of innocent people and the demolition of houses by bombardment? There are certainly no foreign elements involved, and no Saudi flag was raised in Mareb or Jawf. It is a widespread popular rejection of the policies of impoverishment and starvation.
However, we do not agree with the methods of protestation: using weapons and destroying vital public property. Neither do we agree with the authority’s response: air and artillery bombardment.
It just became too much for the deprived bedouins of Mareb and Jawf. In addition to economic hardships, Mareb and Jawf are almost totally deprived of basic public services and development projects. Revenues from oil exploited in the region are not used to develop it.