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May 28 2007


Power off as generator explodes

May 26 ) An electrical generator in Hodeida city exploded on Friday evening, thereby leading to power's being cut off in five densely populated zones in the city. Sources at the power station stated that the explosion was caused by an electrical fault that set the electrical generator aflame. Other electrical cables were subjected to a similar electrical fault in Jamal Street last week leaving three people injured and burning a house. People living in different districts throughout Hodeida usually complain to the concerned authorities that they stay for hours with the power off.


Second annual report on human rights

May 27 ) Yemen Human Rights Observatory launched on Sunday its second annual report on human rights and democracy in Yemen. The observatory released a statement saying that the report covers all the positive and negative aspects of human rights experienced in Yemen during 2006. The report is composed of four chapters, the first of which focused on civil and political rights and the second on economic, social and cultural rights. The other two chapters discussed special group rights and democratic reforms.

WB Executive Director arrives in Sana'a for talks

May 26 ) Executive Director of the World Bank (WB) Mirza Hasan arrived in the Yemeni capital Sana'a last Friday to hold talks with senior government officials on different areas of cooperation, Yemen News Agency, Saba, reported. Upon his arrival, Hasan said that the talks aim to seek a way to draw up the strategy of WB's support for several sectors in Yemen such as water and investment.

New health projects to be established

May 26 ) Minister of Health Dr. Abdulkarim Rasie declared last Saturday that his ministry is planning to establish two specialized hospitals, one is for cancer treatment and the other is for neurology and orthopedics. “The first project's cost is estimated at $16 million and the other is worth $72 million”, quoted Rasie as saying. The official added that the Ministry of Health and Population has other plans to establish specialized departments for treating chronic diseases including cancer in the provincial capitals of the country.


Opposition leader injured in accident

May 26 ) Head of the Islah Party's Executive Office in Al-Dhale' governorate Sa'ad Muthanna Al-Robbya was injured last week in a road accident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is now receiving treatment in a Mecca hospital. The Islah Party's General Secretariat and office in Al-Dhale' inquired about Al-Robbya's health and wished him quick recovery from injuries. An official source at the party's office in the governorate said in a statement to that Al-Robbya faced minor injuries and is due to return Home soon.


AFSC organizes poem recital function

May 25 ) Al-Sa'eed Foundation for Science and Culture organized last Thursday a poem recital function in the presence of the Moroccan famous poetess Lwaiza Poulter and the Syrian Poetess Nawal Al-Hiwar. Many well-known Yemeni poets took part in the event. Opening the function, AFSC General Manager Faisal Sa'eed Fare'e gave a speech in which he declared that the event is of great significance as it coincides with the 17th Anniversary of Yemen's national unity.