AL-WAHDAWI: Sanaa weekly, 17-3-98. [Archives:1998/12/Press Review]

March 23 1998

(Nasserite Unionist Party)   Main Headline:
1- With the news of granting the US, military facilities, government officials and economists express astonishment at declaring the Island of Socotra a free-trade zone.
2- A special committee is formed to investigate chemical waste discovered at former Population Council HQ.
3- Insiders are suspected in the biggest armed robbery of its kind in Yemen, the equivalent of $4 million in various currencies were stolen while on their way to the airport to be deposited in Bahrain.
4- A bomb went off in a water well disputed by two tribes in Sabar, Taiz.
Article Summary:
Diseases in Taiz Prison
By: Jamal Amer
There are 1,458 inmates in the Taiz Central Prison, which has enough space for 540 persons only. To feed and clothe these people, the prison wardens rely on outside donations. About 80% of the prisoners are afflicted by scabies. There are 4 cases of leprosy and 4 of TB. There 430 Somali and Ethiopian prisoners, six of whom are infected with AIDS and are under quarantine. Many Ethiopian dissidents from the Ormo Front come to Yemen through its long, unmanned border with Saudi Arabia.
With only 183 inmates, the women’s prison is less crowded.