RAY: Sanaa weekly, 4-8-98. [Archives:1998/32/Press Review]

August 10 1998

(League of the Sons of Yemen – RAY)
Main Headline:
1- Five Yemeni volunteer fighters were killed in Kosovo by Serbian forces.
2- Several prominent RAY activists are arrested in Abyan in the aftermath of a peaceful demonstration organized by the party in protest over price hikes.
3- Arab Human Rights Organization enumerates several gross human rights violations because of the crisis in normalizing political life in Yemen.
4- Law experts indicate that kidnapping incidents cannot be eradicated simply by meting out severe punishments. They cited several factors behind this phenomenon: lack of respect for authority, poverty and deprivation of remote regions.
Article Summary:
Operation “Taj Bilquis”
The Palestinian ambassador to Yemen held a press conference to refute allegations made by the Yemeni weekly satirical newspaper – Summ Bumm. The allegations made against a number of prominent Palestinian and Yemeni figures indicated their involvement in the smuggling and sale of a quantity (a total of 65kg) of enriched uranium and red mercury to Israel.
The ambassador rejected all such allegations. One of the people implicated is Col. Ahmed Jibrael, chief of the Palestinian Preventative Security organ. Summ Bumm indicated that the material was smuggled from the Khawlan area in Yemen to Israel via Mareb and the UAE. Operation Taj Bilquis (the crown of Bilquis) was worth $1,650,000.