800BC – 200CE Saba culture (Yemen) was a major
economic player in the trade routes from India to the Mediterranean
during this period.
(Arch, 1/05, p.56)
500BC Qataban flourished in the 5th-1st centuries
BC in what is now southern Yemen. Qataban had a democratic form of
government and gained rule over a large area, but its influence and
dominions shrank with the emergence of the Himyarites late in the
2nd century BC. Qataban was conquered by Saba‘ in the early
c950BC The Queen of Sheba lived about this time.
Local legends name her Makeda and claim that she was from Ethiopia.
Archeologists have found inscriptions from the ancient Sabean
kingdom but no mention of Makeda or Bilqis, the local name for Sheba
in Yemen. The Koran claims she ruled from Yemen.
(WSJ, 5/2/97, p.A1)
632-661 The Rashidun Caliphate, also known as the
Rightly Guided Caliphate, comprising the first four caliphs in
Islam's history, was founded after Muhammad's death. At its height,
the Caliphate extended from the Arabian Peninsula, to the Levant,
Caucasus and North Africa in the west, to the Iranian highlands and
Central Asia in the east. It was the one of the largest empires in
history up until that time.
732 Oct 10, At Tours, France,
Charles Martel killed Yemenite general Abd el-Rahman and halted the
Muslim invasion of Europe. Islam's westward spread was stopped by
the Franks at the Battle of Tours (also known as the Battle of
1000 About this time in the
Hadramawt region of Yemen a dam burst near the village of Senna, and
the people of the valley fled. In 1997 researchers using DNA studies
found that the Lemba, a Bantu speaking people of southern Africa
carry markers distinctive of the Cohanim, Jewish priests believed to
be descended from Aaron. Lemba oral tradition held that they came to
Africa from Senna. Dr. Tudor Parfitt authored "Journey to the
Vanished City," a description of his work on the Lemba.
1174 Nureddin, the ruler of
Syria died. Saladin, the vizier of Egypt, married Nureddin’s widow
and assumed control of both state. The Ayyubids under Saladin spent
the next decade launching conquests throughout the region and by
1183, the territories under their control included Egypt, Syria,
northern Mesopotamia, Hejaz, Yemen, and the North African coast up
to the borders of modern-day Tunisia.
c1500-1600 A Muslim pilgrim stole coffee beans
from Yemen and raised them in India. Yemen was the first great
coffee exporter and in order to protect its trade had decreed that
no living plant could leave the country.
(WSJ, 6/4/99, p.W9)
1837 Ahmad Ibn Idris (b.1760),
Sufi scholar active in Morocco, the Hejaz, Egypt, and Yemen, died in
Sabya, Yemen, later part of Saudi Arabia. His main concern was the
revivification of the sunna or practice of the Islamic prophet
1931 Muhammad bin Laden, a
baggage carrier, left Yemen for Jidda. He and his brothers later
founded a prosperous construction company. He later fathered 51
children that included Osama bin Laden, the 17th in 1957.
(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B9)
1948 Nov 16, Operation Magic
Carpet began with the 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel.
1950 Sep 24, In "Operation
Magic Carpet" all Jews from Yemen moved to Israel.
1952 In Yemen American explorer
Wendell Phillips began excavating Marib’s Moon Temple of Sheba. He
was forced away after 4 months when locals suspected that he was
(WSJ, 5/2/97, p.A1)
1955 Apr 16, Abdullah Seif
el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, was beheaded.
1958 Mar 2, Yemen announced it
will join the United Arab Republic (Egypt and Syria).
1962 Sep 26, In North Yemen a
group of military officers led by Col. Adbullah al-Sallal and
supported by Egypt overthrew the Imam and established a republic.
Zaydi Imam al-Badr had been in power for only a week having
succeeded his father who had presided over a feudal kingdom where 80
per cent of the population lived as peasants and which was
controlled through bribery, an arbitrary and coercive tax system and
a policy of divide and rule. The Zaydis had founded a dynasty known
as the imamate in northern Yemen that ruled for some 1,000 years.
This coup was led by Colonel Abdullah al-Sallal and a pro-Nasser,
Arab nationalist group within the Yemeni military, which proclaimed
the Yemen Arab Republic.
1963 Aden (South Yemen) was
amalgamated with the British protectorate to form the Federation of
South Arabia which resulted in rioting.
1964 Jun, It was agreed that
the Federation of South Arabia (Aden-South Yemen) would gain
independence from Britain in 1968.
1966-1967 Yemen was engaged in civil war.
(Econ, 8/30/03, p.64)
1967 Nov 28, Yemen gained
independence from Britain. British troops withdrew and the People's
Republic of Yemen was declared with Qahtan ash-Sha'abi as the
country's first President.
1967-1990 South Yemen stood as an independent
state during this period after Britain ended 128 years of rule over
what it called the Aden Protectorate.
(Econ, 4/24/10, p.46)
1970 Nov 16, Yemen’s Saba News
Agency (SABA), also known as the Yemen News Agency, was founded as
the official state news agency of Yemen and headquartered in Sanaa.
1978 Jun 24, There was a coup
in North Yemen. Pres. Ahmad Hussein al-Ghashmi was murdered and
replaced by Lt.-Col. Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh was elected president
of North Yemen and began his 2-decade hold on the office. His power
was strong in the cities but in the countryside Sheik Abdulla
al-Ahmar held power.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)(WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A1)(WSJ,
1978 Jun 26, There was a coup
in Southern Yemen (formerly Aden). Pres. Salem Rubaye Ali was
ousted, tried and shot. He was succeeded by Ali Nasir Muhammad.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1978 Jul 2, The Arab League
imposed a boycott on South Yemen.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1978 Oct 16, An attempted coup
against President Ali Abdullah Saleh of North Yemen was crushed.
1978 Dec 27, In South Yemen the
Supreme Council elected a new president. He reversed moves toward
reconciliation with North Yemen and acquiesced to a continued Soviet
(PC, 1992, p.1065)
1984 Oct 9, A cooperation
agreement between the European Community and the Yemen Republic is
signed in Brussels.
1986 Yemen discovered oil.
1990 May 22, After years of
conflict, pro-Western North Yemen and pro-Soviet South Yemen merged
to form the Republic of Yemen. The North was conservative and the
South was socialist. This day became an annual National Day holiday.
(WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A1)(AP, 5/22/98)(AFP, 5/23/12)
1990 Yemen’s refusal to endorse
military action against Iraq after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait so
annoyed the governments of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait that they
expelled a million Yemeni migrant workers, costing the country huge
sums in remittances.
(Econ, 7/23/11, p.45)
1992 In Yemen 2 hotel bombs
directed at US servicemen killed 2 Australians. The bombing was
later linked to Osama bin Laden, the scion of a wealthy Saudi
family. He was stripped of his Saudi citizenship in 1994.
(SFC, 8/14/96, p.A10,12)
1993 Nov 26, A U.S. diplomat
was kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen. Government officials negotiate
for his release in the first known kidnapping of a diplomat in
1993 In Yemen the first
elections after unification were held.
(WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A1)
1994 May 21, South Yemen
seceded from Yemen.
1994 In Yemen the new
Parliament elected Ali Abdullah Saleh as president.
(WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A1)
1994 In Yemen a civil war broke
out in Mukalla. Northern forces put down communist secessionists in
the South. The constitution was amended and the ban on
discrimination was replaced with the phrase "All citizens are equal
in general rights and duties."
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A1)(SFC, 1/19/01, p.D6)
1995 Dec 17, Eritrean and
Yemeni forces clashed over control of the Hanish Islands, located
just north of the Bab el-Mandeb. Eritrea used its warships to try to
seize a disputed island in the mouth of the Red Sea from Yemen.
Yemen sent warplanes to counter the attack.
1995 In Yemen Bin Shamlan, a
former executive for a Saudi oil company in London and minister of
infrastructure and minister of oil in the government of South Yemen,
resigned from parliament to protest government corruption.
1996 Jun, Heavy floods hit
Yemen and more than 65 people were believed dead and hundreds made
(SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)
1996 Aug, Eritrean and Yemeni
forces again clashed over control of the Hanish Islands, located
just north of the Bab el-Mandeb.
1996 Oct 19, In Yemen Serge
Lefevre, first secretary of the French Embassy, was kidnapped.
(SFC, 10/28/96, p.A8)
1996 Oct 27, In Yemen Serge
Lefevre, first secretary of the French Embassy, was kidnapped a 2nd
time after being released by members of the same tribe.
(SFC, 10/28/96, p.A8)
1996 Oct, Eritrean and Yemeni
signed an agreement for arbitration over control of the Hanish
Islands, located just north of the Bab el-Mandeb. [See Oct 1998]
1996 Yemeni troops put down
antigovernment protests in Mukalla, also the site of a 1994 civil
war. Court charges that police raped a group of women appeared to
trigger the protests.
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A1)
1997 Apr 27, Parliamentary
elections were held in Yemen. Some 11 people were killed in violence
linked to the vote. Participation was estimated at 80%.
(SFC, 4/28/97, p.A12)
1997 May 26, In Yemen it was
announced that 21 children died after being injected with insulin
rather than inoculations against fatal diseases.
(SFC, 5/27/97, p.A16)
1997 Aug 14, In Yemen ten
Italian tourists were reported kidnapped in 2 separate incidents.
(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A17)
1997 In Yemen it was reported
in 1999 that honor killings, the killing of girls and women by their
relatives to cleanse "soiled honor," claimed the lives of over 400
women this year.
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A4)
1998 May, In Yemen Prime
Minister Abdul Karim al-Iryani came into power.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 19, In Yemen a 40%
price increase for gasoline, kerosene and cooking gas led to
protests for the next 4 days.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 22, In Yemen police
fired on protestors. At least one person was killed in Taiz and 3
were killed in Sanaa. Protestors called for the resignation of Prime
Minister Abdul Karim al-Iryani.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 23, In Yemen police
killed 6 people blocking fuel trucks. The government ordered
increased fuel prices to pay off an $80 million IMF loan.
(WSJ, 6/24/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 20, Saudi Arabia
attacked a Yemeni island in the Red Sea and killed 3 guards. 3
islands and parts of the Empty Quarter, a vast desert with potential
for oil, were under contention.
(SFEC, 7/21/98, p.A7)
1998 Jul 22, Yemeni naval
forces landed on Duwaima Island and took control.
(SFC, 7/23/98, p.C3)
1998 Jul 27, In Hodeida, Yemen,
3 nuns were killed by Abdullah al-Nashri (25), an unstable, mental
patient treated by the Missionaries of Charity.
(SFC, 7/28/98, p.A10)
1998 Oct, The Permanent Court
of Arbitration ruled that the Hanish Islands are subject to the
territorial sovereignty of Yemen.
1998 Dec 28, In Yemen Islamic
militants kidnapped 16 Western tourists. The demanded the release of
Saleh Haidara al-Atwi and another top militant arrested 2 weeks ago.
The militants were led by Abu Hassan.
(SFC, 12/29/98, p.A8)(SFC, 10/29/00, p.A10)
1998 Dec 29, In Yemen security
forces attacked the kidnappers of 16 and 4 hostages were killed. The
freed tourists said that government forces initiated the battle that
left 3 Britons and an Australian dead.
(SFC, 12/31/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 12/31/98, p.A1)
1998 An Egyptian militant,
believed to be Ahmed Nasrallah, reported to Yemen’s Political
Security Organization on al Qaeda terrorists around the Marib
region. The security service tipped off the terrorists.
(WSJ, 12/20/02, p.A1,6)
1999 Jan 17, In Yemen 2 British
and 4 Dutch citizens were kidnapped.
(SFC, 1/18/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 2, In Yemen kidnappers
freed 4 Dutch and 2 British nationals.
(WSJ, 2/3/99, p.A1)
1999 May 5, A Yemeni court
sentenced 3 Islamic militants to death for their role in the
abduction and killing of Western tourists in Dec.
(WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 9, In Yemen 8 Britons
and 2 Algerians were convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison
for plotting terrorist acts.
(SFC, 8/10/99, p.A10)
1999 Oct 17, In Yemen Abu
Hassan, "a nom de guerre" for the head of the Islamic Army of Aden
and Abyan, was executed.
(SFC, 10/29/00, p.A10)
1999 Oct 28, In Yemen 3
Americans, Marta R. Colburn and her parents were freed after being
held for 2 days by tribesmen, who demanded the release of 25
suspects held for an attack on an oil pipeline.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 27, Military sources
reported that 2 Yemeni soldiers had been killed over the last few
days in border clashes with Saudi Arabia.
(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A26)
1999 Saudi police arrested
Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal and jailed him for 14 months for maintaining
contact with Osama bin Laden. He was then deported to Yemen.
(SFC, 11/26/03, p.A10)
2000 Feb 10, In Yemen tribesmen
released Kenneth White (54), an American oil executive, who was
kidnapped a month ago.
(SFC, 2/11/00, p.D2)
2000 Jun 12, Saudi Arabia and
Yemen signed an agreement to end decades of border disputes.
(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A11)
2000 Jun, In Yemen at the Univ.
of Sanaa Medical School Muhammad Adam Omar Ishaak, a morgue
attendant, was arrested for the rape, murder and dismemberment of at
least 2 women training to be doctors. The case also revealed bribes
for grades and the smuggling of body parts.
(SSFC, 12/3/00, p.D10)
2000 Oct 12, A US Navy
destroyer, the USS Cole, refueling in Yemen suffered an enormous
explosion in what appeared to be a terrorist attack. Initial reports
had at least 6 sailors killed with 11 missing. The death toll was
revised to 17. The 8,600-ton Cole was returned to the US aboard the
Norwegian ship Blue Marlin. In 2001 a video tape by "Al-Sahab
Productions" circulated among Muslim militants with footage of the
bombed vessel. The Cole returned to active duty in 2003 following
$250 million in repairs. In 2007 Walid Muhammad bin Attash told a
military tribunal at Guantanamo that he was responsible for
organizing the Cole attack as well as the 1998 bombings in Kenya and
Tanzania. In 2014 Abd al-Rahm al Nashiri (49) of Saudi Arabia faced
trial for orchestrating the bombing.
(SFC, 10/13/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A1)(SFC,
11/7/00, p.A12)(SFC, 6/20/01, p.A8)(WSJ, 12/1/03, p.A1)(SFC,
3/20/07, p.A3)(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A6)
2000 Nov 22, Yemen identified
the bombers of the USS Cole as 2 Saudi Arabian citizens with Yemeni
family roots. One was named Abdul Mohsen al-Taifi and both had
suspected ties to Osama bin Laden.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.A22)
2000 In Yemen a government
report held that 90% of Yemeni men use qat regularly along with an
almost equal number of women. Cat, Catha edulis, had a 600-year
history of use as a mild stimulant.
(WSJ, 12/28/00, p.A1)
2000 In Yemen Rift Valley fever
began affecting thousands of cattle, sheep and goats in the autumn
and within weeks 1,800 animals had died and 7,800 fetuses had
(WSJ, 3/2/00, p.A8)
2001 Jan 2, The population of
Yemen was about 18 million. Most of these lived in the mountains and
(WSJ, 1/02/00, p.A1)
2001 Feb, 106 Russian-made T-54
tanks were delivered to Yemen by Czech/Slovak arms traders.
Diversion to Sudan was suspected.
(WSJ, 12/11/01, p.A15)
2001 May 19, In Yemen an
explosion in the weapons market of al-Suwaida killed at least 14
people and injured 15.
(SSFC, 5/20/01, p.A16)
2001 Jun 18, In Yemen 15
suspected terrorists were arrested. US FBI investigators had pulled
out on June 17 under a security threat.
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A9)(WSJ, 6/20/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 16, US Customs at JFK
found $140,763 in the luggage of Basam Nahshal who was bound for
Yemen. A 2nd man Ali Alfatimi claimed the money was his and was
being smuggled to Yemen as part of his travel business.
(SFC, 10/20/01, p.A5)
2001 Oct 20, Some 30,000 people
gathered in Amran, Yemen, to protest US air strikes in Afghanistan.
(WSJ, 10/31/01, p.A16)
2001 Oct 22, It was reported
that Yemen had partially shut down its port of Aden after the
breakup of a big anti-US protest. Militants were commandeering boats
to ferry fighters out of the country and to Afghanistan.
(WSJ, 10/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 27, Jamil Qasim Saeed
Mohammed (27), a Yemeni microbiology student, was turned over to US
authorities in Pakistan. He was said to be an active al Qaeda member
and was suspected of involvement in the Oct 12, 2000 bombing of the
Cole in Aden.
(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.A13)
2001 Oct, Sayyid Imam
al-Sharif (b.~1950), aka Dr. Fadl, a co-founder of al-Qaida, was
arrested in Yemen and transferred to Egypt in 2004, where he changed
his radical position and published "Document of Right Guidance for
Jihad Activity in Egypt and the World," also transliterated as
"Rationalizing Jihad in Egypt and the World". In it he proclaimed
“We are prohibited from committing aggression, even if the enemies
of Islam do that." In 1988 in Peshawar, Pakistan, “The Essential
Guide for Preparation" by Dr. Fadl appeared and became one of the
most important texts in training for jihadis.
2001 Dec 18, Yemeni troops
assaulted tribal forces in the Marib region after local leaders
refused to turn over suspected members of al Qaeda. At least 12
people were killed and 22 wounded.
(SFC, 12/19/01, p.A15)(WSJ, 12/19/01, p.A12)
2002 Feb 13, In Yemen Sameer
Mohammed Ahmed al-Hada (25), an al Qaeda fugitive, died as troops
closed in and a hand grenade exploded in his hand. Family members
were also linked to al-Qaeda.
(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A18)
2002 Mar 1, Pres. Bush approved
plans to send some 100 US troops to Yemen to help train the nation’s
military to fight terrorists.
(SFC, 3/2/02, p.A14)
2002 Mar 14, VP Cheney traveled
to Yemen to press for joint efforts against remnants of al Qaeda.
(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A14)
2002 Aug 11, Yemen reported
that 6 suspected Muslim militants were arrested for planning a
bombing attack in the capital San'a. Two more were arrested in
connection with a previous blast.
2002 Sep 6, A Yemeni man died
when a bomb he was carrying exploded in a crowded market in San’a,
injuring two bystanders.
2002 Sep 20, In Yemen 2
suspected members of al-Qaida were killed in a gun battle and three
others were arrested after security forces raided several homes
looking for members of the terrorist network.
2002 Oct 6, A fire broke out on
the Limberg, a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, setting
barrels of oil ablaze and sparking an explosion killing one
Bulgarian crew member. The explosion was soon determined to be the
result of a terrorist attack. Insurance paid out $70 million for the
(AP, 10/6/02)(SFC, 10/11/02, p.A13)(AP,
10/6/03)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.73)
2002 Nov 3, In northwest Yemen
6 al-Qaida suspects were killed when the car they were traveling in
was struck by a missile from a US Predator drone. Qaed Salim Sinan
al-Harithi, a suspected al-Qaida leader, was among the dead along
with Kamal Derwish, a member of the Lackawanna, NY, sleeper cell.
Militant Abdel-Raouf Naseeb escaped this attack, but was killed by a
drone strike on Dec 24, 2012.
(SFC, 11/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 11/6/02, p.A15)(SFC,
11/9/02, p.A3)(AP, 11/3/03)(AP, 12/24/12)
2002 Dec 9, US and Spanish
forces seized an unflagged ship from North Korea that was carrying
Scud missiles to Yemen.
(SFC, 12/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 11, Yemen said Scud
missiles found hidden aboard a North Korean ship seized by Spain and
the United States were destined for its army and demanded them back.
Pres. Bush ordered them released. Bush later created a coalition of
members to block arms shipments "of proliferation concern."
(Reuters, 12/11/02)(SFC, 12/12/02, p.A19)(WSJ,
2002 Dec 20, Yemeni security
forces battled suspected al-Qaida members holed up in a building in
a gunfight that left 2 policemen dead.
2002 Dec 28, In Yemen a gunman
shot and killed Jarallah Omar, a senior politician, after Omar spoke
as a guest at an Islamic party's congress at San’a.
2002 Dec 30, In Yemen a
suspected Muslim extremist, hiding his gun cradled like a baby,
slipped into the Jibla Baptist Hospital and opened fire, killing
three American missionaries: Dr. Martha Myers (57), William Koehn
(60), and Kathleen Gariety (53). A 4th was seriously wounding. Abed
Abdul Razak Kamel was sentenced to death in May for killing the
missionaries. Kamel was executed on Feb 27, 2006.
(AP, 12/30/02)(SFC, 12/31/02, p.A4)(AP,
2003 Mar 18, In Yemen a man
shot 4 Hunt Oil company workers. He killed 3 and shot himself dead.
(SFC, 3/19/03, p.A5)
2003 Mar 21, In Yemen police
clashed with anti-war demonstrators trying to storm the US Embassy,
leaving a policeman and protester dead.
2003 Apr 11, In Yemen 10
suspects in the bombing of the US destroyer Cole escaped from
(SFC, 4/12/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 27, In Yemen
parliamentary elections for 301 seats were marred by gunfights that
wounded at least 15 people.
(SFC, 4/28/03, A12)
2003 Apr 29, Pakistani police
arrested six men linked to al-Qaida, including a Yemeni man, Tawfiq
Attash Khallad, wanted in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks and
the bombing of the USS Cole.
(AP, 4/30/03)(WSJ, 5/1/03, A1)
2003 Jun 6, In Yemen an
explosion close to a military base killed 3 people. The blast was
caused by a missile that blew up in the Beir Ahmed district of the
southern port city of Aden.
2003 Jun 25, Yemeni troops
killed at least 6 Islamic militants during an attack on a mountain
hideout following failed negotiations.
(SFC, 6/26/03, p.A10)
2003 Oct 1, US officials
identified Abu Hazim al-Sha'ir (29), a Yemeni ex-bodyguard of Osama
bin Laden, as al Qaeda's new terror chief.
(WSJ, 10/2/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 25, In Yemen security
forces arrested Saudi-born Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal (32), the alleged
mastermind of the attacks on the USS Cole, at a hide-out west of the
(AP, 11/26/03)(SFC, 11/26/03, p.A10)
2003 In Yemen guards
apprehended Hezam Ali Hassan (17) and Khaled Saleh (18) after they
followed the car of Ambassador Edmund Hull through the Sabeen area
of San'a before they were able to throw hand grenades at Hull as he
stepped into a store. Both men were released in 2008 after serving
over 3 years in jail.
2004 Mar 3, In Yemen security
forces arrested Abdul Raouf Naseeb, a leading al-Qaida member, along
with other militants in the southern mountains.
2004 Mar 16, Yemen authorities
said 9 suspects in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole had been
arrested, including 8 who escaped from jail in 2003.
(SFC, 3/17/04, p.A9)
2004 Mar 19, Yemen security
forces captured the nation's most wanted man and another militant
who escaped from prison last year after being detained for the 2000
bombing of the USS Cole. Jamal Badawi and Fahd al-Quso were arrested
in the mountains of southern Abyan province.
2004 Jun 11, In Yemen a gunman
opened fire with an automatic rifle on worshippers in a mosque
outside the capital during midday prayers, killing four people and
2004 Jun, In northern Yemen
Shiite Muslim rebels began a revolt in Saada. By 2009 fighting
claimed at least 4,000 lives. The rebels were led by Shiite cleric
Hussein Badr Eddin al-Hawthi until his death in clashes later in
2004. Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi, the brother of the slain leader, became
2004 Jul 10, In northern Yemen
5 policemen were killed as security forces continued an offensive
against followers of a Shiite dissident, firing missiles on the
militant's mountain hideout.
2004 Aug 5, Yemeni officials
said its army has launched a major offensive to quash a rebellion in
the northern mountains. About 50 soldiers and rebels have been
killed in the two days of fighting.
2004 Aug 6, Yemeni warplanes
and artillery pounded mountain hideouts of an anti-U.S. leader and
his followers in a major offensive aimed at ending a six-week
conflict that has killed at least 500 people.
2004 Aug 28, A Yemen court
convicted 15 militants on terror charges including the 2002 bombing
of a French oil tanker and plotting to kill the U.S. ambassador.
2004 Sep 10, Yemen reported
that its troops had killed Hussein Badr Eddin al-Hawthi (al-Houthi),
a rebel cleric whose “Believing Youth" forces have battled the
government in a remote northern region for months.
(AP, 9/10/04)(SFC, 9/11/04, p.A10)(Econ, 5/21/05,
2004 Sep 29, A Yemeni judge
sentenced two men to death and four others to prison terms ranging
from five to 10 years for orchestrating the 2000 suicide bombing of
the USS Cole.
2004 Yemen fell from 88th to
112th place on a ranking of 145 countries tested for government
transparency and corruption by Transparency International, a global
2004 The archipelago of Socotra
became attached to the Hadhramaut Governorate of Yemen. The
archipelago was once part of the supercontinent of Gondwana and
detached during the Miocene epoch, in the same set of rifting events
that opened the Gulf of Aden to its northwest.
2005 Feb 5, A Yemeni court
overruled earlier rulings and imposed harsher sentences, including a
death sentence, on three militants convicted of attacking a French
oil tanker and a helicopter carrying U.S. employees of an oil
2005 Mar 29, In Yemen clashes
between the military and followers of a slain cleric stretched into
a second day of fighting, leaving eight Yemeni soldiers dead.
2005 Apr 16, Yemen's PM
Bajammal said underground religious schools that promote extremist
forms of Islam are drawing in many young students across the
country. He promised to eliminate the underground schools, which he
estimated numbered about 4,000 and drew about 330,000 students.
2005 Apr 21, Health officials
said a polio outbreak in Yemen may be due to pilgrims returning from
2005 Apr 29, The UN health
agency reported 18 new cases of polio in Yemen and said more people
are believed infected, sparking fears of an epidemic in the Middle
Eastern country with a low immunization rate among children.
2005 Apr, Yemen troops put down
a resumption of violence by the followers of cleric Hussein Badr
Eddin al-Hawthi (al-Houthi), who was killed in September. It was
thought to be led by his father, Badr Eddin al-Hawthi, in fighting
that tribal sources say killed 250 people on both sides.
(AP, 4/20/05)(Econ, 5/21/05, p.51)
2005 May 17, The UN WHO health
agency said confirmed polio cases reached 83 in Yemen. The country
was believed to have been free of the disease until last month.
2005 Jul 17, Yemeni President
Ali Abdullah Saleh, leader of this Arab nation for more than a
quarter-century, said he will not run in next year's elections, and
he urged political parties to nominate "young blood" to lead the
2005 Jul 20, In Yemen at least
11 people were killed in clashes with police after rioters threw
stones and set fires in streets to protest against subsidy cuts that
nearly doubled petrol prices.
2005 Jul 21, In Yemen
protesters clashed with security forces for a 2nd day after the
government reduced subsidies on oil products. The violence in the
capital and elsewhere left four dead and seven injured. 2 days of
rioting left 16 people dead.
(AP, 7/21/05)(SFC, 7/22/05, p.A14)
2005 Aug 3, According to
Amnesty International 2 Yemeni men said they were held in solitary
confinement in secret, underground US detention facilities in an
unknown country and interrogated by masked men for more than 18
months without being charged or allowed any contact with the outside
2005 Oct 19, The International
Organization for Migration (IMO) said "Ethiopian women and girls who
migrate to Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia suffer from
maltreatment, physical, sexual and emotional abuses," in a report
based on interviews with 443 women returning from the region.
2005 Nov 12, In Yemen masked
attackers stabbed and wounded outspoken journalist Nabil Sabaie (27)
on one of the capital's main streets. Newspapers in recent months
have stepped up reports on Yemen's rampant corruption, identifying
ministers and other officials allegedly involved in stealing state
money. They also have increasingly scrutinized Pres. Saleh, his
family and the country's powerful military.
2005 Nov 21, In Yemen a
tribesman threatened to kill two Swiss tourists he kidnapped if the
government uses force to free them. Hasan Ahmed al-Dhamen said that
he would kill his two hostages, a man and a woman, if security
forces tried to raid his hide-out.
2005 Nov 27, In Yemen a
suspected al-Qaida ally was executed by a firing squad after being
convicted of killing a prominent politician and plotting a deadly
attack on three American missionaries in 2002.
2005 Dec 24, Yemeni kidnappers
freed two Austrian tourists, three days after seizing them in an
apparent dispute over the government's arrest of fellow tribesmen.
2005 Dec 28, Armed men
kidnapped a former German diplomat and his family touring the
mountains of eastern Yemen and pressed the Yemeni government for the
release of jailed members of their tribe.
2005 Dec 28, In Yemen a
mountain avalanche swept away 23 houses in the tiny village of
Dhafeer, killing at least 56 people.
2005 Dec 31, Yemeni kidnappers
released a former German diplomat and his four family members.
2005 Yemen’s population of
about 18.5 million was expected to double within 15 years, placing
further burdens on its economy.
2006 Jan 1, In northern Yemen
tribesmen kidnapped five Italians, a day after the government
negotiated the release of five Germans held hostage. Tribesmen soon
freed three Italian women, who were among a group of five Italian
tourists, and pressed for the release of kinsmen held by the
2006 Jan 2, Yemeni tribal and
state officials said 3 Italian women kidnapped in north Yemen have
refused to go free until their abductors release two Italian men
held with them.
2006 Jan 6, In Yemen 5 Italian
hostages were freed in good health after six days in captivity when
their kidnappers surrendered to government troops.
2006 Jan 22, The UN refugee
agency said a smuggler's boat capsized off the coast of Yemen,
killing at least 22 people. Twenty-eight were reported missing.
2006 Feb 3, Jamal al-Badawi, a
man considered a mastermind of the USS Cole bombing that killed 17
sailors in a Yemeni port in 2000, was among 23 people who escaped
from a Yemen prison. At least 13 of the 23 escapees were convicted
al-Qaida fighters, who escaped via a 140-yard-long tunnel dug by the
prisoners and co-conspirators outside.
2006 Feb 26, Yemeni President
Ali Abdullah Saleh said three al-Qaida convicts among the two dozen
who escaped earlier this month have turned themselves in.
2006 Feb 27, In Yemen a firing
squad executed Abed Abdul Razak Kamel, an Islamic militant who
killed three American missionaries in a south Yemen hospital in
2006 Mar 5, In Yemen Hezam Ali
Hassan (17) and Khaled Saleh (18), convicted of trying to kill US
ambassador Edmund Hull in 2003, were sentenced to five years in
2006 Mar 5, In Yemen Hezam Ali
Hassan (17) and Khaled Saleh (18), convicted of trying to kill US
ambassador Edmund Hull in 2003, were sentenced to five years in
2006 Apr 14, Security forces at
a Shiite mosque in northern Yemen fought with supporters of a slain
anti-US cleric in a clash that left at least four people dead.
2006 Jun 10, Three Guantanamo
Bay detainees, 2 from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen, hanged
themselves with nooses made of sheets and clothes, bringing further
condemnation of the isolated camp where hundreds of men have been
held for years without charge. Yasser Talal al-Zahrani (21) of Saudi
Arabia, captured in Pakistan in 2002, was one of the 3 Gitmo
detainees who committed suicide.
(AP, 6/11/06)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.92)
2006 Jun 24, Yemen's president
Ali Abdullah Saleh, a US ally in the war on terrorism, said he would
run for re-election this year despite earlier assurances that he
would step down after 28 years in power.
2006 Jul 8, A Yemeni court
acquitted 19 alleged al-Qaida members of charges they plotted to
blow up a hotel frequented by Americans, citing a lack of evidence.
The state prosecutor appealed the collective acquittal, and the
defendants were returned to their cells at the intelligence
services' jail where they have been held for more than two years. 14
Yemenis and 5 Saudis had been caught with guns and fake Iraqi
(AP, 7/8/06)(WSJ, 8/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 8, Five Yemeni army
officers were killed when their military helicopter crashed during a
2006 Sep 10, Armed Yemeni
tribesmen kidnapped four French tourists in the east of the country
to press for their relatives to be released from jail.
2006 Sep 12, In Yemen a
stampede during a campaign rally for President Ali Abdullah Saleh
killed at least 51 people and injured more than 230, most of them
schoolchildren and teenagers.
2006 Sep 15, In Yemen suicide
bombers tried to strike two oil facilities with explosives-packed
cars. Al-Qaida later claimed responsibility for the attempted
suicide attacks and vowed more strikes against the United States and
(AP, 9/15/06)(AP, 11/7/06)
2006 Sep 16, In Yemen 4
suspected al-Qaida members who were plotting attacks in San’a were
2006 Sep 20, Yemen's President
Ali Abdullah Saleh faced a serious challenger at the polls for the
first time. Roughly 5 million of the 9.2 million eligible Yemenis
cast ballots. Saleh has ruled since 1978, first as president of
North Yemen and then as head of the unified state after the 1990
merger of the North and South.
2006 Sep 23, Yemen's President
Ali Abdullah Saleh was re-elected with more than 77% of votes in the
face of the strongest challenge since he came to power 28 years ago.
Faisal bin Shamlan won almost 22% of the vote. Opposition parties
backing bin Shamlan immediately rejected the election commission's
results, claiming their candidate won at least 40%.
2006 Sep 25, In Yemen 4 French
tourists kidnapped Sep 10 were freed.
2006 Sep 29, Yemeni government
forces raided a tribal settlement following the kidnappings of
foreign tourists, arresting five suspects but killing two women and
wounding three children.
2006 Oct 1, Yemeni
anti-terrorism forces killed Fawaz Yahya al-Rabeie, a suspected
al-Qaida member, who was convicted of an attack on a French oil
tanker and escaped from prison earlier this year. The forces also
killed another suspected al-Qaida member, Mohammed al-Dailami, and
arrested two other suspects.
2006 Nov 4, In Yemen an appeals
court endorsed a lower court's decision to drop the most serious
charges against 19 alleged al-Qaida members, clearing all of
plotting to assassinate Westerners and blow up a hotel frequented by
2006 Nov 22, A Yemen court
convicted 34 men of plotting attacks across the country, including
one aimed at the US Embassy. It sentenced Ibrahim Mohammed
Sharafeldeen, the leader of the Shiite rebel group, to death.
2006 Dec 5, In Yemen a gunman
opened fire outside the US Embassy, but Yemeni guards quickly shot
and arrested him.
2006 Dec 18, Six Yemenis
released from the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay returned home
and were being held by Yemeni authorities to determine if they have
any terror ties.
2006 Dec 27, Yemeni authorities
opened fire on boats filled with refugees fleeing the fighting in
Somalia and at least 17 people drowned when one of the vessels
2006 Yemen’s 20 million
citizens owned an estimated 60 million firearms.
(Econ, 9/23/06, p.52)
2007 Jan 27, In Yemen 6
security forces were killed and 20 others were injured in clashes
with followers of Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi in Saada.
2007 Feb 12, A vessel smuggling
120 people across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia to Yemen capsized as
it approached the coast. At least 30 Somali and Ethiopian migrants
trying to reach the Arabian peninsula drowned.
2007 Feb 13, Military officials
said clashes between the Yemeni army and followers of a Shiite rebel
leader have killed 16 troops and 69 guerrillas during the past three
2007 Feb 16, A Yemeni official
said a boat loaded with Somali and Ethiopian migrants capsized in
the Gulf of Aden during a night crossing in which at least 112
2007 Feb 19, Military officials
said ongoing clashes between the Yemeni army and followers of a
Shiite rebel leader in the north of the country have killed more
than 100 people in the past five days.
2007 Mar 3, A Yemen official
said a hundred jailed Muslim extremists, including some who
allegedly fought for al-Qaida in Iraq, had been released. Some had
completed serving their sentences, while some of the others were
acquitted for lack of evidence.
2007 Mar 4, Thirty-six Yemenis
with alleged ties to al-Qaida went on trial on charges they planned
to take part in foiled suicide attacks on oil and gas installations
in the country.
2007 Mar 19, A Yemen military
official said government forces seized a number of bases belonging
to Shiite rebels in northern Yemen following fighting that drove
some 2,500 civilians from their homes. Military officials said that
144 Yemeni troops have been killed since January.
2007 Mar 22, Smugglers taking
illegal migrants from Somalia to Yemen forced hundreds of Africans
overboard in stormy seas in an effort to make a fast getaway from
security forces. 31 bodies were found and nearly 90 people remained
2007 Apr 7, Yemeni police
arrested three men suspected of setting fire to a mosque and
wounding at least 33 people.
2007 Apr 6, Human migrant
traffickers forced some 300 African migrants to jump into the sea
off Yemen causing at least 32 to die.
(SFC, 4/7/07, p.A3)
2007 May 8, A newspaper owned
by Saudi Arabia's royal family said one of seven recently exposed
Saudi terrorist cells used Syria as a base for coordinating with
al-Qaida in Iraq and held training camps in the desert of
2007 May 12, Yemen said it was
recalling its ambassadors to Iran and Libya over what it sees as
their support for Shi'ite Muslim rebels involved in bloody clashes
with government forces. The government of Sunni-dominated Yemen
accused the rebels of seeking to oust its secular administration and
install Islamist rule.
2007 Jun 16, Representatives of
both sides said Yemen's government and Shiite rebels have reached a
cease-fire in a three-year fight that has claimed 4,000 lives this
2007 Jun 19, The US announced
the transfer of six Guantanamo Bay prisoners back to their home
countries, including one who, according to his lawyers, now may face
abuse in Tunisia for nonviolent political activities. 4 men returned
to Yemen and two to Tunisia.
2007 Jun 23, A Yemeni guard
opened fire on a group of foreign oil workers shortly after they
landed at a company airstrip, killing one and wounding five,
including an American. The provincial governor said the guard's was
2007 Jul 2, In Yemen a suicide
bomber plowed his car into people visiting a temple linked to the
ancient Queen of Sheba, killing seven Spaniards and two Yemenis. A
wounded Spanish woman died July 14. The suicide bomber was later
identified as Abdu Mohammed Saad Ahmed (21), a Yemeni citizen.
(AP, 7/3/07)(AP, 7/15/07)(AP, 8/2/07)
2007 Aug 2, In Yemen security
forces fired tear gas and water cannons at former soldiers
protesting in Aden demanding to be allowed back in the military. One
person was reported killed. The protesters were largely members of
the army of south Yemen who were ousted after being defeated by
2007 Sep 1, Hundreds of riot
police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of retired
officers and soldiers in southern Yemen who were demanding to be
allowed back into the military. The protesters were largely members
of the army of south Yemen who were ousted after being defeated by
2007 Sep 2, In Yemen riot
police opened fire on a demonstration by retired officers and
soldiers, killing two people and wounding more than 20 on the second
day of protests demanding the right to rejoin the army.
2007 Sep 30, A volcanic
explosion rocked Yemen’s tiny Jabal al-Tair island in the Red Sea,
spewing lava and ash hundreds of feet into the air and forcing
Yemeni authorities to evacuate a military base. 8 soldiers were
2007 Oct 25, A senior security
official said Yemen has set free Jamal al-Badawi, one of the
al-Qaida masterminds of the USS Cole bombing in 2000 that killed 17
American sailors. Al-Badawi was granted his freedom after turning
himself in 15 days ago and pledging loyalty to Yemeni President Ali
2007 Nov 1, The UN said nearly
90,000 people have fled Mogadishu in recent days following the
heaviest fighting to shake the war-battered city in months. About 40
people, mostly Somalis, drowned while crossing the Gulf of Aden on
their way to Yemen in a desperate attempt to escape gunbattles back
home. About 90 others survived and managed to reach the Yemeni
southern shores of Shokara after their rickety vessels capsized.
(AP, 11/1/07)(AP, 11/3/07)
2007 Nov 5, In Yemen
unidentified saboteurs bombed an oil pipeline in Marib province. The
attack halted the flow of oil and added to concerns in the world oil
markets about adequate supplies for heating fuel.
2007 Nov 7, A Yemeni court
convicted 32 al-Qaida suspects of planning attacks on oil and gas
installations in the country, sentencing them to prison terms of up
to 15 years. Four others were acquitted.
2007 Nov 8, In Yemen tribesmen
attacked an oil installation and then clashed with government
troops, leaving 12 people dead. It was the second attack on the
country's oil industry this week.
2007 Nov 21, More than 60
migrants drowned when their boat capsized off Yemen during an
attempt to flee their war torn homeland of Somalia.
2008 Jan 10, Government
officials and rebels said soldiers and Shiite rebels are fighting
again in northern Yemen, breaking a 6-month-old cease-fire with
clashes that have killed more than 30 people.
2008 Jan 18, In Yemen gunmen
believed to be al-Qaida militants opened fire on a tourist convoy
near the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, killing two Belgian
women and their driver. In 2009 four Al-Qaida militants were
convicted for the attack and sentenced to death.
(AP, 1/18/08)(AP, 7/11/10)
2008 Jan 19, The bodies of
nearly 50 Africans trying to immigrate washed up on Yemen's shores
after their boat capsized in the treacherous waters of the Gulf of
2008 Mar 18, In Yemen a mortar
shell exploded by a high school next to the American embassy,
killing one Yemeni guard and wounding 13 students and three other
guards. Five suspects were later arrested in the attack, which the
US said targeted its embassy. An Interior Ministry official later
said al-Qaida militant Hamza al-Dayan launched three mortars at the
embassy before fleeing the scene in a vehicle with three
accomplices. In 2009 four Al-Qaida militants were convicted for the
attack and sentenced to death.
(AP, 3/18/08)(WSJ, 3/21/08, p.A1)(AP,
2008 Mar 28, Jordan, Iraq and
Yemen announced at the last minute that their top leaders will not
attend this weekend's Arab summit in Damascus.
2008 Apr 1, Tanks took to the
streets of southern Yemen cities to discourage rioting by
disaffected youths and retired military officers over unfulfilled
government promises to enlist them in the army.
2008 Apr 2, In Yemen security
forces killed one demonstrator and wounded four others in the fourth
day of rioting that has engulfed the country's south.
2008 Apr 6, In Yemen a housing
complex used by foreigners in the capital came under attack, with
explosions shattering windows and prompting residents to evacuate
with suitcases and boxes.
2008 Apr 7, In Yemen 7 people
were arrested on suspicion of involvement in attacks the previous
day against a residential complex for Westerners in San’a, Yemen's
2008 Apr 18, In northern Yemen
gunmen assassinated Saleh Hendi, a ruling party lawmaker, along with
2008 Apr 21, Pirates in the
Gulf of Aden fired on a Japanese oil tanker, unleashing hundreds of
gallons of fuel into the sea. The attack took place 170 miles off
the coast of Yemen while the 150,000-ton tanker was heading to Saudi
2008 May 2, In northern Yemen a
motorcycle bomb exploded amid a crowd of worshippers leaving a
mosque after prayers, killing at least 18 people and wounding about
2008 May 3, In Yemen 3 soldiers
and four rebels died in the overnight skirmishes that took place in
the remote mountain province of Saada, near the Saudi Arabian
2008 May 4, A Shiite rebel
leader in Yemen warned that his group will escalate its fight
against the government if the army continues an offensive that has
left almost 20 rebels and soldiers dead over the past two days.
2008 May 18, A Yemeni-American
on the FBI's Most Wanted list of terror suspects was jailed in Yemen
after an appeals court upheld his 10-year prison sentence. Jaber
Elbaneh has been accused of belonging to al-Qaida, convicted of
plots to attack oil installations in Yemen and of involvement in a
2002 attack on the French tanker Limburg off Yemen's coast that
killed one person. On November 8 Elbaneh’s sentence was cut to 5
years after winning an appeal.
(AP, 5/19/08)(AP, 11/8/08)
2008 May, The population of
Yemen was about 22 million. More than a fifth of the people were
malnourished. 75% of the food was imported. It was feared that
aquifers could dry up within a decade.
(Econ, 5/10/08, p.55)
2008 Jun 9, A Yemeni security
court convicted 13 Shiite rebels of plotting terrorist attacks,
sentencing one of them to death.
2008 Jul 5, In northern Yemen
an explosion at the main post office building of Saada killed at
least five people.
2008 Jul 25, In eastern Yemen a
suicide car bomber rammed a vehicle into the Interior Ministry's
headquarters, killing a policeman and injuring eight others.
2008 Jul 28, Tarek bin Laden
signed a deal with Djibouti to build Noor City, the first of a
hundred “Cities of Light" that the Saudi Binladen Group planned
around the world. Plans called for the city to have 2.5 million
people by 2025 and 4.5 million for its Yemeni twin.
2008 Aug 11, Two Yemeni
security officers and five suspected al-Qaida militants died in a
gunbattle in Tarim, a southern Yemeni town.
2008 Sep 17, Suspected
militants armed with automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades
and at least one suicide car bomb assaulted the US Embassy in the
Yemeni capital. The coordinated attack killed 17 people, including
six assailants. The dead included Susan Elbaneh (18), a US citizen
from Lackawanna, N.Y., who was recently wed in Yemen in an arranged
marriage, along with her Yemeni husband as they stood outside the
(AP, 9/17/08)(AP, 9/18/08)(AP, 9/19/08)
2008 Sep 18, A senior Yemen
security official said at least 25 militants with suspected links to
al-Qaida have been arrested in the last 24 hours in connection with
the deadly attack on the US Embassy in San’a.
2008 Oct 10, Yemeni officials
and the UN refugee agency said about 100 migrants from Somalia were
missing and feared drowned in the treacherous waters off the coast
of Yemen after smugglers forced them overboard 3 miles off Yemen’s
coast. 47 were believed to have survived.
(AP, 10/10/08)(SFC, 10/11/08, p.A10)
2008 Oct 23, In southern Yemen
a tropical storm, formed out in the Indian Ocean earlier in the
week, hit the remote Hadramut province. Flooding which followed left
at least 90 people dead and some 20,000 displaced.
(AP, 10/25/08)(SSFC, 10/26/08, p.A18)(AP,
2008 Oct, Yemen’s President Ali
Abdullah Saleh disclosed that a "terrorist cell" linked to Israel's
intelligence services had been dismantled. Bassam al-Haidari was
later found guilty of contacts with Israeli premier Ehud Olmert on
the Internet to plot against Yemen and sentenced to death. 2 other
men received 3-year jail terms.
2008 Nov 2, The bodies of 60
Somali and Ethiopian migrants washed up on the shores of southern
Yemen over the last three days.
2008 Nov 12, Pirates
commandeered the Karagol, a Turkish chemical tanker, off the coast
of Yemen. 14 Turkish personnel were aboard the tanker. The Russian
frigate Neustrashimy and the British frigate Cumberland foiled
pirates who fired automatic weapons toward a Danish ship and twice
tried to seize it in the Gulf of Aden. The Karagol was released on
Jan 12, 2009.
(AP, 11/12/08)(AP, 1/13/09)
2008 Nov 15, In Yemen a
16-year-old boy died when police fired at locals demonstrating at a
voter registration center. The crowds were protesting the
government's rejection of opposition attempts to amend the country's
electoral law. Yemen's political parties have been preparing the
amendment to the electoral law for the past year in an effort to
bring more women into parliament, curb vote-rigging and limit the
influence of government officials.
2008 Nov 22, In Yemen opening
ceremonies were held for the $60 million Saleh Mosque glorifying the
country's leader, President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It's a massive sum
in a country that ranks as the poorest in the Arab world and is
beset by internal armed conflict, terrorism and severe malnutrition.
2008 Nov 24, The Bush
administration, after a long legal battle, agreed to send Salim
Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s driver, home to Yemen. Hamdan was
transferred to Yemen the next day.
(WSJ, 11/25/08, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/08)
2008 Nov 27, Yemeni security
troops in San’a opened fire on thousands of protesters calling for a
boycott of April parliamentary elections, wounding a number of
2008 Dec 3, In Yemen the bodies
of 24 Somalis washed ashore following an accident involving a boat
trying to smuggle migrants. Strong winds pushed the bodies on to
beaches over the last 2 days near the town of al-Qasha'a. 184 more
Somalis involved in the accident managed to swim ashore.
2008 Dec 4, The Danish navy
intercepted and sunk a suspected pirate vessel drifting off Somalia.
7 men were handed over to authorities in Yemen but were not
immediately suspected of any crime.
2008 Dec 13, The Indian navy
captured 23 pirates who threatened a merchant vessel in the lawless
waters of the Gulf of Aden, where dozens of ships have come under
attack by gunmen in recent months. The pirates were from Somalia and
Yemen. A German helicopter thwarted another attack on a freighter
being chased by speed boats off Yemen.
(AP, 12/13/08)(SSFC, 12/14/08, p.A20)
2008 Dec 15, In southern Yemen
tribesmen kidnapped a German aid worker and her parents, demanding
the government release imprisoned clan members.
2008 Dec 17, An international
anti-piracy force thwarted the attempted takeover of a Chinese cargo
ship off the Somali coast, sending in attack helicopters that fired
on the bandits and forced them to abandon the ship they had boarded.
The Indian navy handed over 23 pirates, caught at sea on Dec 13, to
authorities in Yemen.
2008 Dec 19, Mediators said
Yemeni kidnappers have released their three German hostages after
the Yemeni government agreed to meet some of their conditions,
including paying a ransom and releasing some tribesmen from prison.
2009 Jan 17, Near Yemen
hundreds of people were missing and feared dead after three boats
carrying about 400 migrants from Somalia capsized.
2009 Jan 20, Abdullahi Yusuf
(75), Somalia's former president and an ex-warlord who was forced
from government, arrived in Yemen in a private jet from his
impoverished homeland, seeking political asylum. Islamic insurgents
and Somali forces clashed in Mogadishu, killing at least 14 people
in the latest sign the Islamists are making inroads into the few
areas the UN-backed government still controls.
(AP, 1/21/09)(AP, 1/21/09)
2009 Jan 23, Said Ali
al-Shihri, a Saudi man released from Guantanamo after spending
nearly six years inside the US prison camp, is now the No. 2 of
Yemen's al-Qaida branch, according to a purported Internet statement
from the terror network.
2009 Jan, In Yemen local
jihadists merged with fugitive Al-Qaida operatives to form al-Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
(Econ, 11/6/10, p.73)
2009 Feb 17, The Yemeni
Interior Ministry announced the surrender of Abu al-Hareth Muhammad
al-Oufi, a former Guantanamo detainee who later became an al-Qaida
field commander. He was handed over to Saudi authorities.
2009 Feb 19, Naser Abdel Karim
al-Wahishi, Yemen's most wanted fugitive and leader of al-Qaida in
the Arabian Peninsula, used an audio recording to urge Yemenis to
rise up against the government and called on Arabs in Saudi Arabia
and Gulf countries to help their brothers in Yemen.
2009 Feb 20, Six African
migrants drowned and 11 more are presumed dead after smugglers in
the Gulf of Aden forced their passengers overboard in deep water off
Yemen. The smuggling boat was carrying 40 Somalis and 12 Ethiopians
when it approached Yemen's coast.
2009 Feb 24, Four Yemenis were
convicted and sentenced up to seven years in prison on for forming
an al-Qaida cell and plotting to attack government and foreign
targets in the country.
2009 Mar 15, In Yemen a bomb
killed four South Korean tourists and their Yemeni guide, the latest
attack targeting foreigners visiting this poor Arab country that has
both famed historic sites and a strong al-Qaida presence. 12 Islamic
suspects were soon arrested.
(AP, 3/16/09)(WSJ, 3/17/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 18, In Yemen a suicide
bomber struck a convoy carrying South Korean officials sent to Yemen
to investigate a bombing earlier in the week that killed four South
Korean tourists. No one was hurt.
2009 Mar 31, In Yemen Jan and
Heleen Janszen, a Dutch couple, were kidnapped in a suburb of Sanaa
and taken to a mountainous area near the capital. They were released
on April 14 after Yemen's government paid more than a quarter
million dollars in ransom.
(AFP, 3/31/09)(SFC, 4/1/09, p.A2)(AP, 4/14/09)
2009 Apr 4, Off the coast of
Yemen a smuggling boat carrying 40 Somalis capsized as passengers
were disembarking. Twenty people made it to shore, the rest were
2009 Apr 22, In Yemen two young
sons of a Yemeni detainee at Guantanamo were buried after a grenade
they were playing with accidentally detonated inside their home. The
two boys were the sons of Guantanamo prisoner #1463, Abdelsalam
al-Hilah, a businessman who was captured in Cairo in 2002 and sent
to Guantanamo on charges of terrorism.
2009 Apr 26, Pirates attacked 4
Yemeni tankers escorted by a Yemeni coast guard boat on their way to
Aden. 3 of the ships escaped and coast guards captured five pirates
and wounded two others. The Turkish cruiser Ariva 3, with two
British and four Japanese crew aboard, survived a pirate attack near
the Yemeni island of Jabal Zuqar. Somali pirates demanded a $5
million ransom for the release of two Egyptian fishing boats
hijacked earlier this month. Later in the day Yemeni coast guard
forces freed the hijacked Yemeni oil tanker (Qana) and arrested 11
Somali pirates, the first time the country has successfully retaken
a seized vessel.
(AP, 4/26/09)(AP, 4/27/09)
2009 May 4, In southern Yemen
armed protesters ambushed a military camp in Radfan killing one
soldier, as separatist sentiment mounted against the weak central
(SFC, 5/5/09, p.A2)
2009 May 5, Yemen suspended
seven publications, including the nation's most popular daily, in
effort to stifle reporting on an unprecedented wave of deadly
rioting sweeping the south.
2009 Jun 1, Muhammad Ahmad
Abdallah Salih (31), a Yemeni detainee at Guantanamo Bay, died of an
apparent suicide. His was the fifth apparent suicide at the offshore
US prison, which Pres. Obama hopes to close by January. The Joint
Task Force that runs the US prison in Cuba said guards conducting a
routine check on June 2 found Salih unresponsive and not breathing.
(AP, 6/3/09)(AP, 8/2/09)
2009 Jun 12, In Yemen nine
foreigners, including 3 children, were kidnapped while on a picnic
in northern Saada province. 3 of the kidnapped were found dead on
June 15. In May 2010 Saudi intelligence forces freed 2 German girls,
aged 4 & 6. The fate of the others remained unknown.
(AP, 6/16/09)(AP, 5/18/10)
2009 Jun 14, Yemen accused a
Shiite rebel group of kidnapping 9 foreigners in northern Saada
province. The Interior Ministry official said Hassan Hussein Bin
Alwan, a Saudi man suspected of financing Al-Qaida cells in Yemen
and Saudi Arabia, has been arrested.
2009 Jun 15, In Yemen 3 foreign
women, including two German nurses and a South Korean teacher
kidnapped on June 12, were found dead. Two children were found
alive. Nine foreigners, including seven German nationals, a Briton
and a South Korean, disappeared June 12 while on a picnic in Yemen’s
northern Saada region.
(AP, 6/15/09)(AP, 6/16/09)(SSFC, 6/21/09, p.F3)
2009 Jun 30, A Yemenia Airbus
310 jet with 153 people on board crashed into the Indian Ocean as it
tried to land during strong winds on the island nation of Comoros.
The passengers were on the last leg of a journey from Paris and
Marseilles to Comoros with a stop in Yemen to change planes. Bahia
Bakari (14), the only person to survive, was plucked from the sea
after clinging to wreckage for 13 hours. Investigators on Aug 28
retrieved the slightly damaged flight data recorder and 10 more
bodies from the Yemenia Airways flight. The voice recorder was
recovered on Aug 29.
(AP, 6/30/09)(SFC, 7/2/09, p.A3)(AP, 8/29/09)
2009 Jul 6, In Yemen a barber
was publicly executed after he was found guilty of raping and
killing an 11-year-old boy who came to his shop for a haircut. The
barber was arrested in December 2008 and confessed during a January
trial to raping the boy inside his salon, killing him and cutting up
his body before dumping it outside San'a.
2009 Jul 23, Yemeni security
forces opened fire on thousands of protesters in the south chanting
anti-government slogans, killing 12 and wounding scores of others.
Demonstrations by former army members in southern Yemen demanding
political reforms have been occurring regularly since August, 2007.
2009 Aug 6, In northern Yemen
local officials and the rebels said Shiite Muslim rebels have seized
a key control post on a strategic highway linking the capital San'a
with Saudi Arabia, overcoming an army brigade after 12 hours of
2009 Aug 11, Yemen’s government
launched "Operation Scorched Earth," an all-out offensive to stamp
out an uprising in the northern Saada province, after rebels claimed
they had wrested more control of the region from Sunni-led
(AP, 8/13/09)(AFP, 2/8/10)
2009 Aug 11, Two Yemenis jailed
in the United States over terrorism charges received a tumultuous
public welcome on their return home after serving more than six
years in prison. Sheik Mohammed Ali Hasan Al-Moayad (60) and his
assistant Mohammed Zayed were arrested in 2003 and convicted of
supporting terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida. Al-Moayad was
sentenced to 75 years in prison and Mohammed Zayed received 45
years, but on August 7 they pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of
supporting the Palestinian militant group Hamas and given six years
2009 Aug 12, Yemeni government
forces used artillery and aircraft to attack Shiite rebels near the
border with Saudi Arabia in an escalation of the five-year-old
conflict. A local government official said 20 rebels were killed. A
local Health Ministry official said 12 others died in fighting
across Saada and 51 were injured.
2009 Aug 13, Yemeni warplanes
bombed a northern province bordering Saudi Arabia for a second
straight day, in an ongoing offensive that has brought casualties
and pushed the area close to an all-out war.
2009 Aug 15, Yemen widened a
military offensive against Shiite rebels in the country's north,
blasting the fighters' positions with artillery and airstrikes.
2009 Sep 8, Yemen’s the
Interior Ministry said 4 Yemenis carrying explosives and guns had
been arrested near the US embassy in San'a.
2009 Sep 9, In Yemen 17 rebels
were killed in an air strike, according to a government statement,
which said they were caught sneaking through the mountains near
Saada. Four men survived the attack and were in custody.
2009 Sep 10, A Yemeni army
statement said the government launched a new offensive against
Shiite rebels in the north, destroying many of their vehicles and
hideouts. The rebels said they have been able to keep the government
from entering the northern town of Saada, which has been at the
center of the rebellion.
2009 Sep 15, The UN refugee
agency said 16 African migrants have died and another 49 were
missing and presumed dead after trying to cross the Gulf of Aden in
three boats. One boat reached Yemen on Sep 13, one had capsized on
Sep 13 and one sank on Sep 14.
2009 Sep 16, Yemeni warplanes
hit a makeshift camp for civilians fleeing fighting between the
government and Shiite rebels. Nearly 87 civilians were killed as
government warplanes hit a camp of people fleeing fighting in the
northern region of Saada.
(AP, 9/16/09)(SFC, 9/18/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 19, Yemen offered a
conditional cease-fire to the Shiite rebels it is battling in the
north, following international concern over a deadly airstrike
against civilians displaced from the war zones.
2009 Sep 25, UN officials said
tens of thousands of Yemenis displaced by warfare between the
government and Shiite rebels were stranded around the war zone with
aid agencies unable to reach them because of the intensified
2009 Sep, General David
Petraeus issued a secret order authorizing an escalation that
included boosting military and intelligence assistance to help
Yemeni forces strike al Qaeda targets, as well as deployment of more
unmanned aerial drones to collect information and track high-value
2009 Oct 6, In Yemen thousands
of activists were reported taking to the streets across the south
calling for independence, even as much of the central government's
army is tied up fighting a Shiite rebellion in the far north.
2009 Oct 13, In Saudi Arabia a
shootout between Saudi security forces and al-Qaida militants near,
two of whom were disguised as women and wearing explosives belts,
left two of the militants and a soldier dead near the southern Yemen
border. One of the assailants, Abdullah Hassan Tali Assiri, was
captured. The two al-Qaida militants killed were planning to carry
out a massive attack. 6 Yemeni accomplices. who were coordinating
with the two militants, Youssef al-Shihri and Raed al-Harbi, were
(AP, 10/14/09)(AP, 10/18/09)
2009 Nov 3, Unidentified gunmen
infiltrated from Yemen and attacked Saudi security guards patrolling
the Mount Dokhan border area. 3 senior security men were killed.
(AP, 11/5/09)(Econ, 11/7/09, p.47)
2009 Nov 4, Saudi Arabia
launched a large military incursion across the border into northern
Yemen, using fighter jets and artillery bombardments to try to end a
Shiite rebellion inside its troubled southern neighbor.
2009 Nov 6, Saudi Arabia said
it carried out airstrikes against "infiltrators" from Yemen that
were limited to areas inside Saudi territory, and vowed to press on
with the military action until the border with its restive neighbor
was secure. In Yemen, however, a military official said Saudi forces
continued to shell rebel position in Saada.
2009 Nov 8, Saudi Arabia’s
assistant defense minister said Saudi forces have taken control of
Dokhan mountain straddling the border with Yemen and cleared it of
Shiite rebels, in five days of fighting that saw three soldiers
killed and 15 wounded.
2009 Nov 10, Yemeni authorities
were reported to be hunting for Anwar al-Awlaki to determine whether
he has al-Qaida ties. The radical American imam, who communicated
with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shooting suspect, and
called him a hero, was once arrested in Yemen on suspicion of giving
religious approval to militants to conduct kidnappings. Al-Awlaki, a
US citizen born in New Mexico to Yemeni parents, had preached at a
Virginia mosque that Hasan's family attended.
2009 Nov 10, A Saudi Arabian
government adviser says the kingdom has imposed a naval blockade on
northern Yemen's Red Sea coast to try to prevent weapons and
fighters flowing to Shiite rebels in the area.
2009 Nov 16, A Yemeni security
official and the Japanese Embassy said armed tribesmen have
kidnapped a Japanese engineer working on the construction of a
school and demanded the government release one of their imprisoned
tribe members. Takeo Mashimo was released on Nov 23.
(AP, 11/17/09)(AP, 11/24/09)
2009 Nov 23, Shiite rebels in
northern Yemen accused Saudi forces of launching a major
cross-border ground and air attack, a day after an alleged failed
2009 Nov 27, Saudi Arabia said
nine of its soldiers fighting Yemeni rebels on the border were
missing and Saudi King Abdullah vowed to defend the country.
2009 Dec 12, Saudi newspapers
said Saudi ground forces and Apache attack helicopters had battled
Huthi fighters for two days at the Al-Jabri post on the Yemeni
border in the southern province of Yemen, and repulsed attempted
Huthi incursions. Saudi military denied a claim by Yemen's Huthi
rebels that they seized a Saudi border post.
2009 Dec 13, In Yemen air
strike killed at least 35 people in the northwest where rebels have
been fighting a guerrilla war against Yemeni and Saudi forces.
Rebels said 70 civilians were killed as fighter jets struck the town
(SFC, 12/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 15, Human Rights Watch
issued a report condemning Yemeni security forces for abuses in the
country's south, including the killing of at least 11 unarmed
protestors during the past two years.
2009 Dec 17, Yemen security
forces struck several al-Qaida hideouts and training sites in Abyan
province, killing up to 34 suspected militants, including four
would-be suicide bombers who planned attacks at home and abroad. At
least 17 suspected militants were arrested. Civilians were caught up
in the government offensive, with several homes destroyed in the
airstrikes and others stormed by troops who mistook them for
al-Qaida hideouts. The government later admitted that 42 civilians
and 2 suspected Al-Qaida fighters died in the Dec 17 raids by Yemeni
(AP, 12/17/09)(Econ, 1/2/10,
2009 Dec 18, The UN High
Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said an estimated 74,000 Africans,
mainly from Ethiopia and Somalia, have fled to Yemen as refugees or
economic migrants. That's a 50 percent higher than in 2008.
2009 Dec 22, Saudi Arabia said
that 73 Saudis have been killed and 26 gone missing since the
kingdom launched an offensive against Yemeni Shiite rebels along the
border last month. Rebels, known as Hawthis, have alleged dozens of
civilian deaths in Saudi air assaults.
(SFC, 12/23/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 24, Yemeni forces,
backed by US intelligence, struck a series of suspected al-Qaida
hideouts in Shabwa province, including a meeting of senior leaders,
killing at least 30 militants in the country's stepped-up campaign
against the terror network.
(AP, 12/24/09)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.35)
2009 Dec 27, The New York Times
reported that the United States has quietly opened a third, largely
covert front against the Al-Qaeda terror network in Yemen. The paper
said the Pentagon will be spending more than 70 million dollars over
the next 18 months, and using teams of special forces, to train and
equip Yemeni military, Interior Ministry and coast guard forces.
2009 Dec 30, Yemeni security
forces stormed an al-Qaida hide-out in a principle militant
stronghold in the country's west, setting off clashes, as a security
chief vowed to fight the group's powerful local branch until it was
2009 The population of Yemen
was about 24 million scattered over some 150,000 settlements. The
Zaydi sect, a quietist branch of Shia Islam, made up about a third.
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.49)(Econ, 4/24/10, p.45)
2009 Yemen received about $70
million in military aid from the US. In 2011 the military aid was
planned to reach $250 million.
(Econ, 1/15/11, p.51)
2010 Jan 2, Yemen security
officials said they deployed several hundred extra troops to two
mountainous eastern provinces that are al-Qaida's main strongholds
in the country and where the suspected would-be Christmas airplane
bomber may have visited.
2010 Jan 3, The US and Britain
closed their embassies in Yemen in the face of al-Qaida threats,
after both countries announced an increase in aid to the government
to fight the terror group linked to the failed attempt to bomb a US
airliner on Christmas.
2010 Jan 4, Yemeni security
forces killed two suspected al-Qaida militants in clashes outside
the capital Sanaa, as the US and British embassies extended their
closure for a second day because of threats of attack by the terror
group's offshoot here. France became the latest foreign mission to
close in Yemen as security around embassies and the airport was
(AP, 1/4/10)(AFP, 1/4/10)
2010 Jan 6, Yemeni security
forces captured Mohammed al-Hanq, a key Al-Qaeda leader, and two
other militants believed behind threats against Western interests in
Sanaa. The US embassy reopened after a 2-day closure due to terror
(AFP, 1/6/10)(SFC, 1/6/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 12, Yemeni military
forces killed 20 rebels in a door-to-door sweep of the main northern
city Saada and arrested 20 more in an operation dubbed "Strike on
the Head." Yemeni security forces killed Abdullah Mihzar, a
suspected militant, who was on a government list of wanted al-Qaida
figures. 4 others were arrested in a raid on a house in the remote
mountainous province of Shabwa.
(AP, 1/12/10)(AP, 1/13/10)
2010 Jan 12, Saudi Arabia said
that 82 Saudi soldiers been killed and 21 are missing since November
when it joined the fighting in battling rebels along the
2010 Jan 15, A Yemeni airstrike
killed six al-Qaida operatives, including a key leader, in a desert
village bordering Saudi Arabia. Officials said four of those killed
were on Yemen's list of most-wanted al-Qaida figures, including
Qassim al-Raimi, who had been accused of plotting to assassinate the
US ambassador in 2004. Al-Raimi escaped from a Yemeni prison in 2006
with 21 other militants.
2010 Jan 20, Yemeni airstrikes
targeted Ayed al-Shabwani, one of the country's most wanted al-Qaida
figures, for the second time in a week.
2010 Jan 21, Officials said
Yemen will stop issuing visas to foreign visitors upon arrival to
try to prevent Islamic militants from sneaking in to meet and train
with an al-Qaida offshoot that has established a stronghold in the
fractured and impoverished country.
2010 Jan 22, Yemen rebel
leader, Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi, appeared in a video posted on the
group's Web site to disprove Yemeni government claims that he was
killed in an attack last month. Al-Hawthi was shown sitting on a
chair and speaking into a microphone.
2010 Jan 23, Saudi Arabia’s
assistant defense minister said Saudi forces have recovered the
bodies of 20 soldiers who had been reported missing in fierce
battles with Yemeni rebels on the border, raising the Saudi death
toll in the conflict to 133.
2010 Jan 25, It was reported
that Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi, the leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels, has
declared the war with Saudi Arabia over and that he will pull his
fighters out of Saudi territory. At least 133 Saudis soldiers have
died in the months of fierce fighting in the rugged border region.
2010 Jan 26, A Yemeni court
sentenced 7 suspected Al-Qaeda members between five and ten years in
jail after convicting them of plotting to attack foreign interests
2010 Jan 27, In Britain world
powers gathered in London for talks on how to tackle Al-Qaeda
militants operating out of Yemen. The conference was called to help
world powers chart a roadmap out of Afghanistan amid rising US and
NATO casualties and falling public support.
(AFP, 1/27/10)(AP, 1/28/10)
2010 Jan 27, A top Saudi
defense official said Saudi forces have driven Yemeni rebels out of
the border region between the two countries, suggesting that the
three month conflict along the mountainous frontier may be winding
2010 Jan 30, In Yemen militant
Saleh al-Shaoush was arrested as he prepared to carry out a suicide
bombing in the southeastern port of Mukalla. He had been stopped on
his motorbike and found to be wearing an explosives belt and
carrying two bombs. His trial began in October.
2010 Jan 31, Yemen said it
would stop its war on Shiite northern rebels only if they agree to a
six-point truce offer, including a pledge not to attack Saudi
Arabia, as fighting raged on 3 fronts.
2010 Feb 8, A Yemen military
official said 10 soldiers have been killed, most of them by snipers,
and 18 wounded in a fresh outbreak of fighting with Shiite rebels in
2010 Feb 10, Twelve Yemeni
soldiers and 24 Shiite rebels were killed in clashes despite the
announcement of an imminent accord to end six months of fighting.
2010 Feb 12, A senior Yemeni
official accused northern rebels of violating a cease-fire agreement
hours after it took effect, killing a soldier and wounding another
in an attack on a police station.
2010 Feb 14, A Yemeni military
helicopter crashed killing at least 10 troops in the north, as the
government sought to implement a ceasefire with Shiite rebels in the
2010 Feb 15, Yemeni Shiite
rebels handed over the first of five Saudi soldiers held captive
since their border war.
2010 Feb 28, Thousands of
Yemenis took to the streets of three provinces for a second
successive day to demand the independence of the country's south.
2010 Mar 1, A Yemen government
raid left Ali Saleh al-Hadi, a southern activist, his wife and three
children dead during an ongoing crackdown on southern separatists.
2010 Mar 2, In southern Yemen a
three-story building collapsed when explosives stored in its
basement went off, killing at least eight people. Officials said the
basement was used by an arms dealer to store dynamite and other
2010 Mar 4, Yemen's Interior
Ministry said it has arrested 11 suspected al-Qaida militants during
a raid on one of their homes. The father of one of the suspects was
killed by police when he opened fire on police during the raid.
Sharif Mobley (26), one of the 11 suspects and a US citizen of
Somali descent, had worked for contractors at nuclear plants in New
Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland from 2002 to 2008, mostly hauling
materials and setting up scaffolding. In 2015 Mobley was sentenced
to 10 years in prison.
(AP, 3/4/10)(AP, 3/13/10)(Reuters, 12/16/15)
2010 Mar 7, In Yemen Sharif
Mobley, an American al-Qaida prisoner receiving treatment in a
hospital, attacked guards killing one and wounding another, while
trying to escape. He was caught after a chase.
(AP, 3/7/10)(AP, 3/14/10)
2010 Mar 11, In Yemen 3
southern independence activists were killed and five wounded as
demonstrations in southern towns sparked clashes with police and
sympathy rallies in the north against the crackdown. Yemeni
authorities confiscated Al-Jazeera television broadcasting equipment
from the station's San'a offices after complaining of its coverage
of the country's restive southern region.
(AP, 3/11/10)(AP, 3/12/10)
2010 Mar 14, Yemen launched a
preemptive strike was to forestall an imminent al-Qaida attack
against a strategic site. The leader of Al-Qaeda in Abyan, Jamil
Nasser Abdullah al-Ambari, Samir al-Sanaani and Ahmed Amzarba were
killed in the raid.
(AP, 3/15/10)(AFP, 3/16/10)
2010 Mar 15, Yemen launched a
2nd day of strikes against al-Qaida hideouts. As many as 9 people
were killed in the raids including some civilians.
(AP, 3/15/10)(AFP, 3/16/10)
2010 Mar 19, Yemen's Pres. Ali
Abdullah Saleh declared the country's six-year war with northern
rebels over, saying the Shiite militants are living up to a
cease-fire agreement signed last month.
2010 Mar 21, Some of Yemen's
most influential Islamic leaders, including one the US says mentored
Osama bin Laden, declared supporters of a ban on child brides to be
apostates. A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at
17, but it was repealed and sent back to parliament's constitutional
committee for review after some lawmakers called it un-Islamic. The
committee is expected to make a final decision on the legislation
2010 Mar 23, Yemeni security
courts sentenced two opposition leaders to prison for allegedly
working against national unity and calling for secession of the
country's south. Ahmed Bamualem, a leader in the southern movement
and former member of parliament who was detained in April, was
sentenced to 10 years in jail. Retired army Brig. Gen. Ali Mohammed
al-Saadi, also active in the movement, received a 15-month sentence.
2010 Mar 27, In Yemen policemen
opened fire in Daleh on the funeral procession for a Southern
Movement member killed by police gunfire a week earlier, wounding 28
2010 Apr 1, In Yemen about 40
southern separatists reportedly escaped from a prison after a guard
lobbed a hand grenade to disperse an inmates' protest at the
facility in Daleh. Yemen's interior ministry denied the police
report. Police shot dead one protester and wounded five others in
Radfan as they opened fire to disperse a demonstration led by
(AP, 4/1/10)(AFP, 4/1/10)
2010 Apr 2, In Yemen Elham Assi
(13) bled to death hours after she spoke to her mother and just days
after she was married to a 23-year-old man, in the deeply poor
village of Shueba. She was tied down and forced to have sex by her
husband, according to later interviews with the child's mother,
police and medical reports. A February 2009 law set the minimum age
for marriage at 17, but it was repealed and sent back to
parliament's constitutional committee for review after some
lawmakers called it un-Islamic. The committee is expected to make a
final decision on the legislation this month.
2010 Apr 17, Yemeni authorities
arrested three alleged Al-Qaeda members accused of killing two
policemen and blowing up an official's vehicle in the southern
province of Abyan.
2010 Apr 18, In Yemen soldiers
killed 2 suspected members of al-Qaida wanted by police and arrested
a third in an exchange of fire at a checkpoint near the country's
Red Sea coast.
2010 Apr 26, In Yemen the
British ambassador narrowly escaped a suicide attack, when a young
man (20) in a school uniform detonated his explosives belt near his
armored car at a poor neighborhood of San'a. 3 bystanders were
2010 May 5, Yemen slapped a
last-minute ban on a meeting of Arab parliamentarians to discuss the
crisis in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.
2010 May 16, Yemeni tribesmen
kidnapped two Chinese engineers and their government escorts in the
country's volatile south. Kidnappers released the engineers after
several days of mediation.
(AP, 5/16/10)(AP, 5/18/10)
2010 May 18, A Yemeni security
court convicted six Somalis for piracy and sentenced them to death
for seizing an oil tanker. Six other convicted pirates received 10
year prison sentences and the pirates must together pay $2 million
compensation to an Aden refinery company, which owned a tanker that
was seized in April, 2009.
2010 May 21, Yemen’s Pres.
Saleh extended an olive branch to the opposition, offering to form a
national unity government and announcing an amnesty for imprisoned
southern separatists and Shiite rebels.
2010 May 22, Yemen's President
Ali Abdullah Saleh announced an amnesty for journalists being tried
or convicted of press offences to mark the 20th anniversary of the
unification of north and South Yemen.
2010 May 23, Anwar Al-Awlaki, a
US-born radical preacher who has encouraged Muslims to kill American
soldiers, called for the killing of US civilians in his first video
released by a Yemeni offshoot of al-Qaida.
2010 May 24, In Yemen tribal
gunmen kidnapped two American tourists and demanded the release of a
jailed tribesman for the pair. The tourists were released the next
day after Pres. Saleh agreed to free a prisoner held by the state.
(AP, 5/24/10)(SFC, 5/26/10, p.A2)
2010 May 25, In Yemen an
overnight airstrike on what was believed to be an al-Qaida hide-out
in a remote province accidentally killed a provincial deputy
governor and his two bodyguards. The strike was later identified as
a secret mission by the US military. Angry tribesmen attacked an oil
pipeline, petrol stations and government installations to avenge the
(AP, 5/25/10)(AFP, 5/25/10)(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.A8)
2010 May 27, A Yemeni soldier
was killed and four other people wounded in an attack on a military
vehicle in the southern province of Daleh. Provincial officials
blamed separatist militants.
2010 Jun 2, Yemeni security
officials said authorities have detained several foreigners,
including Americans, Britons and an Australian woman, in connection
with an investigation into al-Qaida's increased activity in the
country. Shyloh Giddins of Australia was among several foreigners
taken into custody during the probe. She was initially placed on
house arrest May 14, along with her two children, and later held in
a prison. She was released with her 2 children on June 11 and
(AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/11/10)
2010 Jun 5, A Yemeni colonel
and two of his bodyguards were killed in an attack by suspected
Al-Qaeda members near the city of Marib east of the capital.
Suspected al-Qaida operative, Ghalib al-Zayedi, surrendered after
lengthy mediation efforts to Marib's Governor Naji bin Ali
al-Zayedi, who is also his cousin.
(AFP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/7/10)
2010 Jun 6, In Yemen Hamza Ali
Saleh al-Dayan, an al-Qaida operative, turned himself in to
authorities in northeastern Marib province, the second such
surrender in two days. He is believed to have trained suicide
bombers and helped plan the July 2007 suicide attack that killed
seven Spanish tourists and two Yemenis in the same province.
2010 Jun 12, Yemeni tribesmen
blew up an oil pipeline outside the provincial capital, Marib, after
the government recently bombed the area in retaliation for an attack
on a military convoy.
2010 Jun 19, In Yemen 4
suspected al-Qaida gunmen blasted their way into the intelligence
headquarters of Aden, Yemen's second largest city, and freed several
detainees in the group's most spectacular operation since a
US-backed government crackdown began late last year. The attack left
11 people dead.
(AP, 6/19/10)(AP, 6/21/10)
2010 Jun 20, Yemen said it has
arrested the suspected mastermind of the spectacular June 19 attack
on Aden’s intelligence headquarters, which freed detainees and left
11 people dead.
2010 Jul 7, A Yemeni court
convicted two al-Qaida militants for the killing of senior police
and army officers and sentenced them to death. Mubarak el-Shabawni
(23) and Mansour Salem (18), arrested last December, denounced the
verdict and shouted 'God is Great' afterward.
2010 Jul 11, Yemen’s Interior
Ministry said in a statement that police in Hadramut had arrested 10
militants suspected of being al-Qaida members.
2010 Jul 13, The US Defense
Department announced that Mohammed Odaini (26), a Guantanamo Bay
prisoner, has been transferred to his homeland of Yemen. Odaini,
also known as Mohammed Hassen, was 17 when he was first captured in
Pakistan at an alleged al-Qaeda safe house in Faisalabad.
2010 Jul 14, In southern Yemen
suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen launched simultaneous attacks on the
intelligence and security services headquarters in the southern town
of Zinjibar, killing three policemen and wounding 11.
2010 Jul 20, Yemeni tribal
chief Sheikh Zaidan al-Moqannay, his son and four of his bodyguards
were killed in a rebel ambush in Saada. Rebel spokesman Mohammed
Abdul Salam denied that the rebels ambushed Moqannay, claiming that
he was killed in confrontations which also resulted in the death of
three rebels. Rebels said they welcomed a Qatari offer to help
consolidate a truce.
2010 Jul 21, Yemeni tribal and
rebel sources said fighting in the mountainous north between Shiite
rebels and army-backed tribes over the past four days have left at
least 49 people dead, threatening a fragile truce.
2010 Jul 22, In southern Yemen
Al-Qaida militants killed five soldiers in an ambush. Rebels in the
north fought with army units and government-allied tribes killing at
least 20 people in the latest series of clashes there.
2010 Jul 24, In Yemen tribal
mediators succeeded in reaching a ceasefire between northern Shiite
rebels and an army-backed tribe after days of fighting that killed
at least 70 people.
2010 Jul 25, In Yemen Al-Qaida
militants attacked the patrol in the southern town of Aqla in Shabwa
province with rocket propelled grenades and sprayed it with bullets
killing 6 soldiers.
2010 Jul 26, In Yemen renewed
clashes between Shiite rebels and army units just north of the
capital San'a killed dozens of people.
2010 Aug 18, In Yemen a woman
was killed and two police officers wounded when a wanted southern
militant fired at a security patrol which was attempting to arrest
him in Al-Afar area of the Lahj province. Five policemen were
wounded in an explosion when a masked biker hurled a hand grenade
through the window of a police station in Zinjibar.
2010 Aug 19, The Yemeni Defense
Ministry's weekly magazine said that Hazem al-Mujali had surrendered
amid a government crackdown on the organization. Al-Mujali was
accused of the 2002 bombing of a French oil tanker and imprisoned,
but on his release apparently rejoined al-Qaida. He escaped a highly
publicized raid late last year in northeast of San'a on al-Qaida
cell suspected of plotting attacks.
2010 Aug 20, In southern Yemen
clashes began between troops and “terrorist elements" at a market in
Loder. 19 people were killed, including 11 soldiers, 3 civilians and
5 Al-Qaeda members. Authorities said Adel Saleh Hardaba (27), whom
they described as the Al-Qaeda second-in-command in Loder, was among
(AFP, 8/20/10)(AP, 8/24/10)
2010 Aug 25, Yemeni authorities
said the military had regained control of Loder. 33 people were
reported killed in fighting that began Aug 20. This included 12
Al-Qaida militants. Gunmen on motorcycles attacked a military patrol
in Zinjibar, killing 4 soldiers and wounding one.
(AFP, 8/25/10)(AP, 8/25/10)
2010 Aug 26, Yemeni Shiite
rebels signed an agreement with the government laying out a
timetable for implementing previous accords. The agreement was
signed in Doha, Qatar.
2010 Aug 27, In Yemen gunmen
killed a soldier and wounded three others in an ambush in the
southern province of Lahij.
2010 Aug 28, In Yemen 9
soldiers and a civilian were killed in an attack by suspected
Al-Qaeda militants on an army post in the town of Jaar in southern
Abyan province. The interior ministry called for tighter security at
intelligence headquarters throughout the country and said it had put
security units on alert.
(AFP, 8/28/10)(AFP, 8/29/10)
2010 Sep 4, Yemeni police
arrested 14 suspected members of al-Qaida in a raid on one of the
group's alleged hideouts in Abyan province in the town of Lawder.
Gunmen from a separatist movement attacked an army post in Rabwa
near the town of Habalein and killed four soldiers. Two of the
attackers died as well.
2010 Sep 10, In Yemen Al-Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula issued a statement threatening to kill 55
named policemen in Yemen's restive southern province of Abyan.
2010 Sep 20, In Yemen a
security official said thousands of people have fled Hawta village
in the south where security forces were laying siege to some 120
al-Qaida militants. 3 militants were killed and 4 wounded in the
fighting. In the capital four al-Qaida suspects, including a
Yemeni-German teenager, were brought to trial on charges of plotting
attacks on tourists, international institutions and security forces.
2010 Sep 22, In Yemen Al-Qaida
militants holed up in a village in the south fought off repeated
attempts by government troops backed by tanks and heavy artillery to
retake the besieged town. At least four al-Qaida fighters and a
civilian have been killed since the fighting began on Sep 18.
2010 Sep 24, Yemeni forces,
backed by tanks and heavy artillery, drove al-Qaida militants from
the town of Hawta in Shabwa province after five days of fighting.
2010 Sep 25, In Yemen 2
al-Qaida militants ambushed a bus carrying security personnel in the
capital, San’a, spraying the vehicle with gunfire and injuring 10
passengers. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) later claimed
that 14 intelligence officers were killed in the attack.
(AP, 9/25/10)(AFP, 10/9/10)
2010 Oct 6, In Yemen assailants
fired a rocket at a convoy carrying Britain's No. 2 diplomat and
killed a Frenchman working for an Austrian oil company in a pair of
attacks that heightened fears over the safety of Westerners in a
country facing a growing militant threat. Hisham Assem (19), a guard
who worked at the French engineering firm SPIE, was later arrested
and charged with killing the Frenchman.
(AP, 10/6/10)(AP, 11/2/10)
2010 Oct 7, Yemeni authorities
announced the arrest of seven suspects in the attack on the
motorcade of the British embassy's No. 2, all from Nuqum, an area in
the capital that has become synonymous with militancy.
2010 Oct 9, In Yemen
self-confessed militant Saleh al-Shaoush admitted to carrying out
deadly attacks on military targets and oil facilities, as four other
suspected Al-Qaeda members went on trial for planning attacks.
Al-Shaoush was arrested on January 30 as he prepared to carry out a
suicide bombing in the southeastern port of Mukalla. The US-based
SITE monitoring service reported that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP) claimed it had assassinated a colonel named Abdul
al-Karim al-Baan in the southern Lahij province. AQAP also said it
had shot an intelligence officer named Al-Hashidi in the province.
2010 Oct 10, In Yemen 2
attackers on a motorbike in the southern town of Zinjibar gunned
down, Ghazi al-Samawi, a criminal investigations officer who was
featured on an Al-Qaeda hit list of policemen to be killed.
2010 Oct 11, In Yemen 2 bombs,
timed to go off one after the other, killed two people and injured
12 others in San’a.
2010 Oct 12, In Yemen
Al-Qaida's offshoot warned it is setting up a "new army" to
overthrow the country's president in response to his US-backed
counterterrorism campaign and said it would fill its ranks with
snipers and bomb makers.
2010 Oct 14, In south Yemen a
police chief was shot dead during a protest marking the 47th
anniversary of the launch of its uprising against British colonial
rule. Abdullah al-Baham was shot in the head in Mudia in Abyan
province. The attack by suspected al-Qaida militants triggered a
series of clashes between soldiers and militants that killed eight
people, mostly government troops.
(AFP, 10/14/10)(AP, 10/15/10)
2010 Oct 18, A court in Yemen
sentenced an al-Qaida militant to death after convicting him of
involvement in terror attacks and manufacturing explosives. Saleh
al-Shawish was arrested in February and later charged with
involvement in attacks on security facilities, training would-be
suicide bombers and bomb making.
2010 Oct 22, In eastern Yemen
suspected al-Qaida gunmen killed Lt. Col. Abdul-Aziz Abu Abed, a
senior intelligence officer, outside his house in Mukalla.
2010 Oct 26, Yemen ordered the
confiscation of all firearms in the possession of its citizens after
canceling weapons' licenses not carrying the Interior Minister's
signature. Some 50 million firearms are thought to be in the
possession of Yemen's estimated 23 million people.
2010 Oct 27, A Yemeni court
charged Sharif Mobley (26), an American of Somali descent, with the
murder of a Yemeni soldier and the wounding of another during a
failed escape attempt. He had been arrested for suspected al-Qaida
2010 Oct 27, US officials said
the Obama administration has granted a waiver allowing Chad,
CongoDRC, Sudan and Yemen to continue receiving US military aid
despite their use of child soldiers. Officials said cutting off aid
would do more damage than good.
(SFC, 10/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 28, In Yemen clashes
between Shiite rebels and a pro-government tribe in the northern
mountains killed a tribesman and two rebels.
2010 Oct 29, Authorities on 3
continents thwarted attacks when they seized explosives on cargo
planes in the United Arab Emirates and England. The plot sent
tremors throughout the US, where after a frenzied day searching
planes and parcel trucks for other explosives, officials temporarily
banned all new cargo from Yemen. The next day police in Dubai said
that the bomb discovered there contained the powerful explosive PETN
and bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida. One of the two powerful bombs
mailed from Yemen to Chicago-area synagogues traveled on two
passenger planes within the Middle East. A tip of the plot came from
Jabir al-Fayfi, a Saudi who was held for years at the US military
prison at Guantanamo Bay. On Nov 5 al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing
claimed responsibility for the explosive parcels.
(AP, 10/30/10)(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/2/10)(AP,
2010 Nov 2, Yemen put Anwar
al-Awlaki, a US-born radical cleric, on trial in absentia, accusing
him and two other men of plotting to kill foreigners and being
members of al-Qaida.
2010 Nov 4, In south Yemen a
car bomb tore through a market near security headquarters in the
town of Daleh, killing two people, one a policeman, and wounding 22.
2010 Nov 6, A Yemeni judge
ordered police to find Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical US-born cleric,
"dead or alive" after the al-Qaida-linked preacher failed to appear
at his trial for his role in the killing of foreigners.
2010 Nov 8, Anwar al-Awlaki, a
US-born radical Yemeni cleric linked to previous attacks on the US,
called for Muslims around world to kill Americans in a new video
message posted on radical websites.
2010 Nov 24, In Yemen a suicide
car bomber struck a convoy of Shiites on their way to a religious
ceremony, killing at least 17 members of the Houthi clan and
wounding more than 15 people. Al-Qaida was suspected though it would
be the extremist organization's first reported direct assault on the
country's Shiite minority.
(AP, 11/24/10)(SFC, 11/25/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 26, In Yemen a suicide
car bomber struck Shiite mourners heading to a funeral to Saada
province, killing at least two people.
2010 Dec 15, Jordanian engineer
Maath Mohammed Kamal Alia (45) was arrested in Yemen on suspicion of
throwing a bomb at a US Embassy vehicle.
2010 Dec 17, In Yemen gunmen
killed three soldiers and wounded seven others when they opened fire
on a military base in the southern province of Abyan.
2010 Dec 30, Yemen released
hundreds of detained Shiite rebels as part of a ceasefire in their
years long conflict.
2010 Victoria Clark authored
“Yemen: Dancing on the Heads of Snakes."
(Econ, 4/24/10, p.81)
2010 Yemen was scheduled to
receive $150 million from the US this year including $34 million for
(Econ, 4/24/10, p.45)
2011 Jan 1, Yemen's parliament
agreed in principle to make constitutional amendments that could see
President Ali Abdullah Saleh rule for life, and will hold a formal
vote on the matter later this year.
2011 Jan 2, Off southern Yemen
at least one boat of African migrants capsized and dozens were
feared drowned. The boat capsized near the Bab al-Mandab strait
which links the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. 5 migrants survived.
2011 Jan 7, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida fighters killed at least 17 Yemeni soldiers in a pair of
ambushes in the country's restive south.
2011 Jan 9, In Yemen masked men
on motorcycles attacked a government vehicle on its way to deposit
cash in Zinjibar, killing 3 electricity workers and a guard.
(Econ, 1/15/11, p.51)
2011 Jan 12, Yemen's president
suspended his oil minister and the head of the national oil company
over a fuel shortage that has forced people to queue at petrol
2011 Jan 18, A Yemeni court
official said Sanaa State Security Court has sentenced Abdel Elah
al-Shaia, a journalist who interviewed the leader of al-Qaida in the
Arabian Peninsula in 2009, to five years in prison for his ties to
the extremist group. The same court also sentenced Abdel Karim
al-Shami, a technician, to two years in prison for helping al-Shaia.
2011 Jan 23, Yemeni police
arrested Tawakul Abdel-Salam Karman, a woman activist for leading
anti-government protests, setting off a second day of street
2011 Jan 27, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people called for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah
Saleh in protests across the country inspired by the popular revolt
(AP, 1/27/11)(AFP, 1/27/11)
2011 Feb 2, Yemeni President
Ali Abdullah Saleh told parliament he will not seek another term in
office or hand power to his son. His current term in office expires
in 2013. Saleh also said he will freeze plans to change the
constitution that would have enabled him to remain president for
(AP, 2/2/11)(AFP, 2/2/11)
2011 Feb 3, In Yemen tens of
thousands of opponents and supporters of the president staged
dueling demonstrations. Police opened fire to break up an
anti-government protest, and security officials said one protester
has been critically wounded.
2011 Feb 8, In Yemen a
suspected US spy drone crashed near the southern town of Loder.
Al-Qaeda gunmen in cars intercepted the police and hijacked the
2011 Feb 11, Yemeni police,
including plainclothes agents, drove several thousand protesters
away from Sanaa's main square. The demonstrators tore up pictures of
President Ali Abdullah Saleh and shouted slogans demanding his
2011 Feb 12, In Yemen several
thousand young Yemenis gathered in central Sanaa, calling for
President Ali Abdallah Saleh to step down and follow the example of
Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. Police with clubs beat the
(AFP, 2/12/11)(AP, 2/12/11)
2011 Feb 13, The Yemeni
opposition agreed to resume talks suspended since October with the
government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the target of
post-Tunisian revolution protests calling for his ouster. Police
armed with sticks and daggers beat back thousands of protesters
marching through the capital in a third straight day of
demonstrations calling for political reforms and the resignation of
the country's US-allied president.
(AFP, 2/13/11)(AP, 2/13/11)
2011 Feb 14, In Yemen more than
1,000 people protested for a fourth straight day, demanding
political reforms and the ouster of the US-allied president in
demonstrations inspired by the upheaval in Egypt.
2011 Feb 15, In Yemen thousands
of people, marching for the ouster of the US-allied President Ali
Abdullah Saleh, clashed with police and government supporters. At
least three demonstrators were injured in a fifth straight day of
2011 Feb 16, Yemeni authorities
flooded the streets of the capital with 2,000 police to try to halt
six days of Egypt-style demonstrations against the president of 32
years. One person was killed when police and protesters clashed in
the southern port of Aden in the first known death during Yemen's
2011 Feb 17, In Yemen several
thousand protesters defied appeals for calm from the military and
the country's most influential Islamic cleric and marched through
the capital, pressing on with their campaign to oust the US-allied
2011 Feb 18, In Yemen at least
two people were killed in Taez after a grenade was lobbed at
protesters from a speeding car that carried government registration
plates. Clashes between police and protesters continued in the 9th
straight day of protests. Organizers used social media sites
Facebook and Twitter in summoning people to the streets for the
"Friday of Rage" following noon prayers, and tens of thousands
responded in the capital of Sanaa, the southern port of Aden and the
political hotbed of Taiz. 4 people were killed by police in Aden and
48 wounded in Taiz.
(Reuters, 2/18/11)(AP, 2/18/11)(AFP,
2/18/11)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A5)
2011 Feb 19, Yemeni riot police
in the capital shot dead a protester and injured five others when
they opened fire on thousands marching in the 10th day of unrest
rocking the country.
2011 Feb 20, Yemen's embattled
Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh sought a way out of the political crisis
gripping his impoverished Arab nation, offering to oversee a
dialogue between his ruling party and the opposition to defuse the
ongoing standoff with protesters demanding his ouster. A total of
seven people have been killed since the unrest began. Hundreds of
Yemeni students demonstrated outside the Sanaa university campus on
the eighth straight day of anti-regime protests in the capital.
Hassan Baoum, a prominent separatist leader, was arrested.
(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.29)
2011 Feb 21, Yemen's embattled
leader rejected demands that he step down, saying widespread
demonstrations against his regime are unacceptable acts of
2011 Feb 22, In eastern Yemen
about 5,000 anti-government protesters rallied in the town of
al-Shiher, calling for the ouster of the country's president.
Thousands rallied at a university campus in Sanaa while hundreds
continued to camp out in a nearby square. Yemen President Ali
Abdullah Saleh's supporters armed with daggers and batons clashed
violently with students in Sanaa before police intervened. One
person was killed and at least 12 injured in the clashes near Sanaa
University, medics said. A local human rights group gave a higher
toll, saying two people were killed and 18 hurt.
(AP, 2/22/11)(AFP, 2/22/11)(AP, 2/23/11)
2011 Feb 23, In Yemen thousands
streamed into a square in Sanaa, trying to strengthen the hold of
anti-government protesters after club-wielding backers of President
Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to drive them out. 7 legislators, who
belonged to Saleh's ruling party, resigned from the group because of
the situation in the country and said they will form their own
independent bloc. The resignations raised to nine the number of
legislators who left Saleh's Congress Party since protests began
earlier this month. In the port city of Aden, a 19-year-old man
wounded last week died of his injuries. His death brought to 13 the
number of demonstrators killed since the crisis began nearly a month
2011 Feb 24, Yemeni President
Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered his forces to offer "full protection" to
anti-regime protesters and loyalists alike, after 15 people died in
an uprising against his rule.
2011 Feb 25, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people gathered in a main square in Sanaa for prayers
that later turned into mass protests to press demands for the
US-backed president to step down. Security forces in Aden opened
fire on demonstrators wounding at least 19 people.
(AP, 2/25/11)(SFC, 2/26/11, p.A5)
2011 Feb 26, In Yemen two
powerful tribal chiefs joined opposition forces demanding the ouster
of the country's longtime president, a new sign the embattled leader
might be losing his grip on the impoverished, conflict-ridden
2011 Feb 27, Yemen's opposition
parties said they are joining young protesters in their push to
bring down the country's beleaguered president.
2011 Mar 1, Yemen's embattled
US-backed Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh accused Washington of instigating
protests against his regime, as hundreds of thousands marched in
cities across Yemen in the largest rallies yet seeking the longtime
ruler's ouster. Saleh sacked the governors of five provinces where
anti-regime protests have been raging for more than a month. Abdul
Majid al-Zindani, a radical cleric and opposition figure, joined the
(AP, 3/1/11)(AFP, 3/1/11)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.53)
2011 Mar 2, In southern Yemen
security forces fired tear gas and shot at hundreds of protesters.
Two protesters were shot and killed in Sadr, Lahaj province. A
coalition of Yemeni opposition groups proposed a plan to end the
country's political crisis that would involve embattled Pres. Saleh
stepping down by the end of the year.
(AP, 3/2/11)(AP, 3/3/11)
2011 Mar 4, In northern Yemen
soldiers opened fire at anti-government protesters, killing four
people in the northern town of Harf Sofyan and wounding seven as
demonstrations against longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh again
(AP, 3/4/11)(AP, 3/5/11)
2011 Mar 5, In Yemen tens of
thousands continued with protests in several key cities across the
country, pressing on with demands that the country's president step
down. Several members of Saleh's ruling Congress Party resigned.
2011 Mar 6, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida gunmen killed four Republican Guard soldiers in the
mountainous central province of Marib. Al-Qaeda militants shot and
killed an army intelligence officer in the city of Zinjibar, in
southern Abyan province. Another officer was shot dead in the city
of Sayun, in Hadramut province, by gunmen suspected to be from
Al-Qaeda. “Government thugs" descended on protesters camped out on a
main square in Ibb province. One person was killed and 53 people
(AFP, 3/6/11)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011 Mar 7, In Yemen about
2,000 inmates staged a riot at a prison in the Sanaa after taking a
dozen guards hostage and joined calls by anti-government protesters
for the country's president to step down. In the southern port city
of Aden a young protester was critically wounded by a bullet to the
head during a rally. 25 protesters were arrested.
2011 Mar 8, In Yemen tens of
thousands took to the streets in the cities of the southern Ibb
province, calling on the government to bring to justice those
responsible for a deadly attack there on March 6 by what opposition
activists said were "government thugs." In Dhamar province thousands
took to the streets calling for the ouster of Pres. Saleh. There
were large demonstrations also in the provinces of Shabwa, Hadramawt
2011 Mar 9, A Yemeni man died
of gunshot wounds after the army raided the university campus in
Sanaa and opened fire on hundreds of anti-government protesters
2011 Mar 10, Yemen's embattled
president proposed that the government draw up a new constitution
guaranteeing the independence of the parliament and judiciary, but
thousands of unsatisfied protesters poured into the streets after
his speech to demand the ouster of the Yemeni ruler of 32 years.
2011 Mar 11, Yemeni security
forces opened fire on demonstrators taking part in protests
throughout Yemen in what appears to be the biggest turnout in a
month of unrest to demand regime change.
2011 Mar 12, Yemeni security
forces fired live bullets and tear gas on two pro-democracy
demonstrations. 3 doctors said the security forces appeared to be
using a poison gas that disables the nervous and respiratory
systems. Security forces killed 6 demonstrators in protests around
(AFP, 3/12/11)(AP, 3/13/11)
2011 Mar 13, Yemeni police on
rooftops fired live bullets and tear gas at protesters, injuring
more than 100 people who were camping near Sanaa University. A
protester in Aden died from wounds he suffered a day earlier
bringing that total to seven. Violence left 2 people dead in a
southern province. Security officials said two Americans and two
Britons have been detained by authorities for illegally entering the
(AP, 3/13/11)(AP, 3/14/11)(SFC, 3/14/11, p.A3)
2011 Mar 14, In northern Yemen
anti-government tribesmen stormed a security building in the town of
al-Jawf and shot dead four soldiers in a revenge attack after
government troops opened fire on opposition protesters calling for
the president's ouster. The governor of Marib province was stabbed
and wounded by protesters. Armed Yemeni security forces raided an
apartment shared by four Western journalists and deported them
because of their coverage of a growing uprising against the
country's longtime ruler.
2011 Mar 15, In Yemen thousands
poured onto the streets in the southern provinces of Taiz, Aden and
Hadramawt. Pres. Saleh visited the governor of Marib province, who
was stabbed and wounded by protesters a day earlier. Government
supporters in al-Hudaydah set fire to the headquarters of the
influential opposition Islah party, the main Sunni Islamist party.
(AP, 3/15/11)(AP, 3/16/11)(Econ, 9/27/14, p.48)
2011 Mar 16, Yemen government
supporters armed with sticks, knives and guns attacked thousands of
pro-democracy protesters camped out in a main square, injuring
hundreds. About 10,000 Saleh supporters attacked about 4,000
protesters at the southern al-Hudaydah port. After about a month of
protests security forces have killed about 50 demonstrators.
(AP, 3/16/11)(SFC, 3/17/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 17, Yemeni government
supporters attacked a protest camp in Manama, hurling stones and
opening fire. At another rally government loyalists struck as police
fired tear gas.
2011 Mar 18, Yemeni government
snipers firing from rooftops and houses shot at tens of thousands of
anti-government demonstrators, killing at least 52 people and
injuring hundreds in the crowd demanding the ouster of the
autocratic president. The total dead after about a month of protests
was raised to 80.
(AP, 3/18/11)(AFP, 3/19/11)
2011 Mar 19, In Yemen a brutal
crackdown failed to stop massive protests against the US-backed
president, who attacked a protest camp in the south's main city but
couldn't halt demonstrations there or in the capital.
2011 Mar 20, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people joined a funeral procession for protesters
killed by government gunmen and the president's own tribe called on
him to step down, robbing the embattled US-backed leader of vital
2011 Mar 21, In Yemen rival
tanks deployed in the streets of Sanaa after Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen
al-Ahmar, a powerful regime insider who commands the army's powerful
1st Armored Division, and at least 18 other senior commanders
defected to a movement calling for the ouster of the US-backed
president, leaving him with virtually no support among the country's
most powerful institutions.
(AP, 3/21/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A3)(AP, 3/23/11)
2011 Mar 22, Yemen's embattled
US-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh pledged to step down more
than a year early but refused to immediately resign, infuriating
tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding his ouster. More
military and political defections increased the pressure on Saleh to
(AP, 3/22/11)(AFP, 3/22/11)
2011 Mar 23, Yemen's parliament
enacted sweeping emergency laws after the country's embattled
president asked for new powers of arrest, detention and censorship
to quash a popular uprising demanding his ouster.
2011 Mar 24, The leader of
Yemen's largest tribe sided with opponents of the embattled
president, calling for Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down immediately
and refrain from further violence against protesters. Fresh clashes
in the southeast left three wounded.
(AP, 3/24/11)(AFP, 3/24/11)
2011 Mar 24, Dubai police said
the Gulf emirate has seized thousands of small arms being smuggled
in a sea cargo shipment bound for Yemen. The weapons were discovered
in a Dubai warehouse about two weeks ago. The shipment originated in
2011 Mar 25, Yemen's President
Ali Abdullah Saleh told tens of thousands of supporters that he's
ready to step down but only if he can leave the country in "safe
hands," while anti-government protesters massed for a rival rally.
2011 Mar 26, The ruling party
of Yemen's embattled President Saleh said he should serve out his
term until 2013, after he offered to hand over power but only to
"safe hands." In the south the army killed six suspected Al-Qaeda
2011 Mar 27, In Yemen Islamic
militants seized control of a weapons factory, a strategic mountain
and a nearby town in the southern province of Abyan, as a political
stalemate in the capital causes security to unravel around the
2011 Mar 28, In southern Yemen
a powerful blast at a factory making explosives and weapons killed
as many as 150 people after the facility was briefly taken over by
Islamic militants and then looted by residents of the area.
(AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A3)(Econ, 4/2/11,
2011 Mar 30, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands of anti-government protesters packed the streets of
several cities to demand the president's ouster and denounce a
munitions factory blast that left at least 100 people dead.
2011 Apr 1, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands packed a square in the capital and marched in villages
and cities across the nation in what appeared to be the largest
demonstrations in more than a month of demands the country's
longtime ruler step down.
2011 Apr 2, In Yemen thousands
of anti-government protesters hurled stones at anti-riot police
backed by tanks in the southern province of Aden.
2011 Apr 3, In southern Yemen
thousands of people took to the streets to demand that their
president step down. Police attacked the demonstrators with tear
gas, batons and bullets. Police killed one anti-government
demonstrator in Taez and wounded scores more. 13 people were shot
and wounded in Hudaydah, as police clashed with thousands of
demonstrators marching on the Red Sea city's main local government
(AP, 4/3/11)(AFP, 4/4/11)
2011 Apr 4, Yemeni police and
armed men in civilian clothes opened fire on demonstrators in the
cities of Taiz and Hudaida killing at least 17 and wounding more
than 30, as the drive to oust veteran President Saleh gathered pace.
At least 97 demonstrators have been killed since protests began on
(AFP, 4/4/11)(AP, 4/4/11)(SFC, 4/4/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 5, In Yemen tribesmen
loyal to Pres. Saleh clashed with a group of soldiers whose
commander has sided with the opposition. Fighting in a suburb of
Sanaa left 3 tribesmen dead. In Taiz dozens of protesters were
treated from breathing problems after police fired tear gas as
thousands of demonstrators took to the streets for a 3rd consecutive
day. Security forces shot dead two protesters in the western city of
Hudaydah during demonstrations.
(AP, 4/5/11)(AFP, 4/5/11)
2011 Apr 6, In Yemen tens of
thousands of protesters, defying a deadly government crackdown,
poured into the streets of Taiz in ongoing protests against longtime
president Ali Abdullah Saleh. At least 24 people were killed over
the last 24 hours.
(AP, 4/6/11)(AFP, 4/6/11)
2011 Apr 7, The Yemeni
opposition welcomed an offer by Arab Gulf states to mediate between
the president and opposition protesters who have demanded Ail
Abdullah Saleh step down after 32 years in power.
2011 Apr 8, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands converged in the capital for rival demonstrations, with
some demanding the president's ouster and others showing their
support. Four demonstrators were shot dead in Taez.
(AP, 4/8/11)(AP, 4/10/11)
2011 Apr 9, In Yemen security
forces shot and wounded 30 people in Sanaa, while 80 others suffered
injuries from beatings with batons. At least one anti-regime
protester died following clashes, while three other people were
killed, including an intelligence officer and a soldier, in violence
in Abyan province. An intelligence officer was killed in a drive-by
shooting outside his home in the Loder area of Abyan. A soldier and
a militant were killed in a clash between security forces and
suspected Al-Qaeda fighters in Jaar, also in Abyan.
2011 Apr 10, The Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional bloc of oil-rich Arab nations,
called on Yemen's president to step down as part of a deal with the
protest movement demanding for his ouster after 32 years.
(AP, 4/10/11)(AFP, 4/10/11)
2011 Apr 11, Yemen's Pres.
Saleh welcomed a proposal by GCC Gulf Arab nations for him to step
down to end the country's political crisis, but indicated he would
do so only when his term ends in 2013. Protesters had already
rejected this, calling for his immediate exit.
2011 Apr 12, In Yemen tens of
thousands demonstrated in major cities across the country rejecting
a mediation proposal by neighboring Gulf countries because it does
not provide for trying the president. Four policemen died as the
security forces traded fire with automatic weapons and
(AP, 4/12/11)(AP, 4/13/11)
2011 Apr 13, Yemeni security
forces clashed with thousands of protesters who hurled rocks and
burned tires in the southern port city of Aden. Soldiers shot dead
two anti-regime protesters and wounded nine others in different
sectors of the port city of Aden. Police attacked an army checkpoint
in Amran province," 170 km (105 miles) north of Sanaa, killing one
officer and wounding two soldiers.
(AP, 4/13/11)(AFP, 4/13/11)
2011 Apr 15, Opponents of
Yemen's president stepped up a campaign to force him out, but Ali
Abdullah Saleh was defiant as he addressed thousands of supporters
and urged the opposition to join peace talks. Loyalists in Sanaa
rallied in his support. Saleh said in a speech that the mingling of
men and women at "Change Square," where daily anti-government
protests take place in the capital, was against Islamic law.
(Reuters, 4/15/11)(AP, 4/16/11)
2011 Apr 17, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands of people demonstrated in cities across the country,
denouncing embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his remarks
against women taking part in protest rallies.
2011 Apr 18, In Yemen several
top figures and lawmakers who defected from Saleh's ruling Congress
Party set up a new opposition party. Yemeni police reportedly fired
tear gas and live ammunition at protesters calling for the ouster of
the country's longtime president, injuring 45 people in the southern
port town of al-Hudaydah.
2011 Apr 19, Yemeni security
forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in Taiz, the second
largest city, killing at least 3. Tens of thousands took to the
streets in the capital Sanaa later in the day and thousands
demonstrated in Aden, Ibb, al-Hudaydah and other cities where most
of the shops were closed in support of the protesters. The UN
children's fund said that at least 26 children have been killed
during the protests over the last two months.
(AP, 4/19/11)(SFC, 4/20/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 20, In Yemen gunmen on
motorcycles sped by and opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators
camped out in the early hours of the morning in the Yemeni port city
of Hodeida, killing one and wounding several protesters.
2011 Apr 22, Yemeni authorities
arrested several officers moving against military figures who
defected from the camp of the country's embattled president to join
the opposition. A sea of hundreds of thousands of anti-government
protesters swelled along a five-lane boulevard reaching across
Yemen's capital in the largest of two months of demonstrations.
2011 Apr 23, Yemen’s Pres.
Saleh agreed to the proposal for him to hand power to his vice
president within 30 days of a deal being signed in exchange for
immunity from prosecution for him and his sons.
2011 Apr 24, In Yemen thousands
of anti-government protesters held their ground in the capital's
Change Square despite the president's acceptance, a day earlier, of
an Arab proposal to leave office under certain conditions after 32
years in power.
2011 Apr 25, In Yemen forces
loyal to the embattled president attacked protesters calling for his
ouster in Ibb and Bayda, injuring dozens. 2 people were killed and
(AP, 4/25/11)(SFC, 4/26/11, p.A3)
2011 Apr 26, Yemen's opposition
parties said they will soon sign a deal mediated by neighboring Gulf
countries for the president to step down, possibly defusing the
months of deadly government protests across this impoverished
2011 Apr 27, Yemeni residents
in scores of cities and towns across the nation launched a civil
disobedience campaign to bring down the country's long-serving
president. 12 protesters were killed in Sanaa.
(AP, 4/27/11)(AP, 4/28/11)
2011 Apr 28, In Yemen tens of
thousands are rallying across the country, denouncing the killing of
12 protesters the previous day in the capital Sanaa and insisting
the country's long-time ruler step down.
2011 Apr 29, Yemeni activists
said police in plainclothes opened fire at protesters calling for
President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster in the western port city of
Hodeida ahead of mass demonstrations nationwide.
2011 Apr 30, Yemeni forces with
heavy weapons drove hundreds of anti-government protesters out of a
square they had been camping for months in the southern city of
Aden. Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's leader of 32 years, told the GCC
secretary general in a meeting in Sanaa that he had asked a senior
aide to represent him in the signing ceremony in Riyadh.
(AP, 4/30/11)(AP, 5/1/11)
2011 May 1, A deal mediated by
a Gulf bloc to end Yemen's political crisis was thrown into doubt by
the country's leader saying he would not personally sign it.
2011 May 2, In Yemen thousands
of protesters took to the streets across the country to press Pres.
Saleh to step down. Police gunshots in Aden killed at least one
bystander. At least 140 people have been killed in the government’s
crackdown on protesters.
(SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA2)
2011 May 4, In Yemen an
explosion ripped through a military vehicle in Zinjibar killing 5
soldiers. 4 other civilians died in an ensuing firefight.
(SFC, 5/5/11, p.A2)
2011 May 5, Yemeni security and
tribal officials said a suspected US drone has fired a missile at a
car in Shabwa province, killing two brothers thought to be al-Qaida
2011 May 6, Hundreds of
thousands of Yemenis flooded a boulevard on the western edge of the
capital, releasing colorful balloons to press their demand for
President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down, while he denounced his
opponents as "terrorists" in a speech to supporters nearby.
2011 May 7, In Yemen residents
in several cities, including Aden, Saada and Hodeida, observed a
one-day shutdown of offices and businesses as part of a civil
disobedience campaign called by the opposition to pressure President
Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. One protester was killed in the
town of al-Maafir, Taiz province.
(AP, 5/7/11)(SSFC, 5/8/11, p.A5)
2011 May 8, Yemeni security
forces backed by army units opened fire on protesters demanding the
ouster of the longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh. One protester
was killed in the western port of Hodeida, and two were killed in
the southern city of Taiz.
2011 May 9, Yemeni security
forces opened fire on demonstrators and launched rocket-propelled
grenades at an office building as they cracked down on a protest in
the flashpoint city of Taiz in the country's south. Three people
were reported killed.
2011 May 11, Yemeni security
forces killed two protesters in Taiz and wounded dozens as mass
rallies demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh
paralyzed two major cities. Two others were killed in the town of
Dhamar and the city of Hudayda. In Sanaa at least 13 people were
killed and hundreds wounded as security forces and plainclothes
gunmen fired at protesters.
(Reuters, 5/11/11)(AP, 5/11/11)(AP, 5/12/11)(SFC,
2011 May 12, Yemeni police
trying to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters in
Al-Bayda and Taiz killed 2 people and injured 45, including some of
them by gunfire. In one of the cities, protesters took over an Oil
(AP, 5/12/11)(AP, 5/13/11)
2011 May 12, Qatar pulled out
of an effort to mediate an end to Yemen's political crisis, blaming
the country's embattled president for the impasse and potentially
leaving his regime even more isolated among his neighbors.
2011 May 13, In Yemen 7
soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in the cities of Marib
and Shabwa. Anti-government demonstrators rallied in 15 cities. Tens
of thousands of Saleh supporters gathered at a main square in Sanaa,
calling it "Unity Friday." Security forces opened fire at a protest
march in Ibb killing 3 people.
(AP, 5/13/11)(SFC, 5/14/11, p.A2)
2011 May 14, In Yemen gunmen
killed six soldiers and wounded a seventh in a central province.
Police clashed with protesters in the southern city of Taiz,
injuring 15 during a rally calling for President Ali Abdullah
2011 May 18, Yemen's president
and opposition, pressed by Western and Gulf mediators, agreed to
sign a deal for a transition of power that would end the rule of Ali
Abdullah Saleh within a month.
2011 May 20, Yemen's Pres. Ali
Abdullah Saleh called for early presidential elections, ignoring an
earlier promise to sign a deal that would end his decades-long rule.
2011 May 21, Yemeni Pres. Ali
Abdullah Saleh condemned a US-backed proposal by Gulf Arab nations
that he step down, calling it "a coup over legitimacy," and warning
of an al-Qaida takeover if he leaves office. The deal would give
Saleh immunity from prosecution if he steps down within 30 days.
2011 May 23, Yemeni security
forces battled in the streets of Sanaa with fighters from the
country's most powerful tribe, which has joined the opposition, in
an eruption of violence after President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused
to sign an agreement calling on him to step down.
2011 May 24, In Yemen shelling
in Sanaa killed 24 supporters of Sheikh al-Ahmar, a powerful
opposition chieftain, as clashes intensified between embattled
President Ali Abdullah Saleh's security forces and the tribesmen. 14
soldiers were also killed and another 20 were missing.
(AFP, 5/24/11)(SFC, 5/25/11, p.A4)
2011 May 25, Yemen's embattled
President Ali Abdullah Saleh issued messages of hard-line defiance
even as intense battles raged in the heart of the capital for a
third day. Gun battles erupted again in Sanaa. At least 44 people
have been killed in the recent fighting.
2011 May 26, In Yemen intense
battles spread across Sanaa between government forces and opposition
militiamen from powerful tribes. At least 28 people were killed as
the four-day death toll neared 110. Explosion in a weapons' storage
in west Sanaa killed 28 people.
2011 May 26, In Yemen intense
battles spread across Sanaa between government forces and opposition
militiamen from powerful tribes. At least 28 people were killed as
the four-day death toll neared 110. Explosion in west Sanaa killed
2011 May 27, In Yemen fighting
that rocked Sanaa for the past five days spread beyond the capital
as tribesmen opposed to the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh
seized a Republican Guard military camp in battles that left at
least 18 dead and prompted airstrikes by government warplanes.
(AP, 5/27/11)(SFC, 5/28/11, p.A4)
2011 May 28, Yemen's government
and armed tribesmen seeking President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster
agreed to a temporary cease-fire to allow for negotiations after
five days of clashes that killed at least 124 people. The truce was
to expire in the evening. Three French aid workers, two women and
one man, were abducted while working for the Triangle Generation
Humanitaire. Men linked to an al-Qaida offshoot demanded $12 million
in ransom. The 3 aid workers were released on Nov 13 after Oman and
Yemeni tribesmen negotiated their release.
(AP, 5/28/11)(AP, 7/27/11)(AP, 11/14/11)
2011 May 29, In Yemen Islamist
militants tightened their grip on the coastal town of Zinjibar while
in the capital Sanaa a truce was holding to end nearly a week of
deadly street fighting that threatened to ignite a civil war.
(Reuters, 5/29/11)(SFC, 5/30/11, p.A5)
2011 May 30, Yemeni warplanes
carried out airstrikes on Zinjibar, a southern town seized by
hundreds of Islamic militants over the weekend, as the political
crisis surrounding the embattled president descended into more
bloodshed. Shelling killed at least four of the fighters. 21 Yemeni
soldiers were killed in the clashes in Zinjibar. Hundreds of
soldiers from the Republican Guard stormed a protest camp in Taiz,
firing on crowds and bulldozing a field hospital set up in
anticipation of such an attack. Forces loyal to the embattled Yemeni
president killed some 5o protesters as they dispersed a sit-in in
(AP, 5/30/11)(AFP, 5/30/11)(Reuters,
5/31/11)(Econ, 6/4/11, p.58)
2011 May 31, In Yemen street
fighting raged across Sanaa after a tenuous truce broke down between
tribal groups and forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh,
edging the impoverished Arab country closer to civil war.
2011 Jun 1, In Yemen 14
soldiers were killed in overnight fighting with the tribesmen. Fresh
fighting killed at least 41 people including combatants from both
(Reuters, 6/1/11)(AP, 6/1/11)
2011 Jun 2, In Yemen forces
loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled with tribal fighters
in Sanaa in overnight clashes that killed dozens as US envoy John
Brennan envoy flew around the region to try and stop a civil war.
2011 Jun 3, In Yemen shells
struck Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's palace in Sanaa.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded. 11 guards were killed and
seven top officials were also wounded. More than 370 people have
been killed, at least 155 of them in the last 10 days, since a
popular uprising against Saleh began in January.
(Reuters, 6/3/11)(AP, 6/3/11)(SFC, 6/9/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 4, Yemeni President
Ali Abdullah Saleh, wounded in an attack in his compound, was
reported by al Arabiya television to have left for Saudi Arabia, but
a Yemeni official and Saudi source denied he had gone. 10 tribesmen
were killed and 35 injured in overnight fighting in the Hassaba
neighborhood, headquarters of opposition Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar.
Nearly 400 people have been killed since a popular uprising against
Saleh began in January.
2011 Jun 5, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people took to Sanaa's streets, hailing what they said
was the end of Yemen's regime after President Ali Abdullah Saleh
(65), wounded in a blast, left for treatment in Saudi Arabia. Gunmen
in Taiz clashed with security forces leaving at least 2 gunmen dead.
Saleh was burned over 40% of his body and his wounds were far worse
than initially reported.
(AFP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A3)(AP, 6/7/11)
2011 Jun 8, Yemeni security
officials said opposition tribesmen have taken control of Taiz.
(SFC, 6/9/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 10, In Yemen, more
than 100,000 protesters took to the streets in the main square of
Sanaa, as demonstrators continued to call for the resignation of
President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The president, who is still in a
hospital in Saudi Arabia, has stated he has no plans of stepping
2011 Jun 11, In Yemen clashes
between soldiers and Islamic militants around Lawdar and Zinjibar
left 21 militants dead as well as 19 soldiers.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 14, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands protested in several major cities calling for the
creation of a transitional presidential council and demanding that
Pres. Saleh and his relatives face trial.
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 15, In Yemen up to 200
militants from the Al-Qaida linked group Ansar al-Shariah launched a
surprise attack on Houta killing one soldier and wounding 3. They
pulled out of the city in the afternoon and took positions on the
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 19, In Yemen military
and medical officials said government artillery shelling of an area
on the Dufas area in Zinjibar, Abyan province, has killed 12
al-Qaida-linked militants and wounded three others.
2011 Jun 20, In Yemen tens of
thousands took to the streets of the capital, demanding that the
president's sons leave Yemen as pressure rose for the wounded leader
being treated outside the country to step down. Six Yemeni soldiers,
including two officers, were killed in clashes with Al-Qaeda-linked
militants near the gunmen-held southern city of Zinjibar overnight.
Airstrikes overnight killed 20 militants in the southern province of
(AP, 6/20/11)(AFP, 6/20/11)(AP, 6/21/11)
2011 Jun 21, In Yemen battles
raged between the army and suspected Al-Qaeda militants for control
of the southern city of Zinjibar, as the number of soldiers killed
passed the 100 mark. Two militants were killed in the southern
province of Abyan.
(AFP, 6/21/11)(AP, 6/21/11)
2011 Jun 22, Yemeni security
officials said 57 militants, mostly from al-Qaida, tunneled their
way from the Mukalla jail in southern Yemen.
2011 Jun 24, Yemeni security
forces opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters at a funeral
in southern Yemen, killing at least one demonstrator. A car bomb,
believed to have been set off be a suicide attacker, killed three
security personnel in the southern city of Aden.
2011 Jun 26, In Yemen tens of
thousands demonstrated in the streets of the major cities demanding
that the president's sons and other aides leave the country.
2011 Jun 28, In Yemen a
roadside bomb killed an army colonel in Aden.
2011 Jun 29, A Yemeni air force
jet mistakenly bombed a bus in Zinjibar, controlled by Islamic
militants and suspected al-Qaida members, killing four people.
Clashes at a football stadium on the city's outskirts left 48 people
dead including 30 soldiers and 4 civilians. Government warplanes
were called in and bombed the stadium. In Republican Guards shelled
anti-Saleh protesters camped out at a central square, killing one
and wounding four demonstrators.
(AP, 6/29/11)(AFP, 6/30/11)
2011 Jun 30, In Yemen 5
soldiers were killed in fresh fighting with alleged Al-Qaeda
militants in the restive southern city of Zinjibar.
2011 Jul 1, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands of protesters staged huge rallies across the country
calling for the departure of all figures in the regime of President
Ali Abdullah Saleh. An armed member of the Southern Movement, a
group seeking autonomy, was killed in an attack on an army position
north of Aden. Military officials said Ahmed Saleh, the son of Pres.
Saleh, has led a crackdown arresting dozens of military officers
suspected of turning against his wounded father.
(AFP, 7/1/11)(SFC, 7/2/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 2, The Yemeni military
said some 50 soldiers were missing after battling Islamic militants
around the southern city of Zinjibar. Yemeni air strikes targeting
suspected Al-Qaeda militants near Jaar killed two civilians and
2011 Jul 3, A Yemeni cabinet
official said Pres. Saleh, in hospital in Riyadh, will not cede
power until he returns to oversee a transition. Some 15 militants
and 10 soldiers were killed and dozens injured during clashes
outside a military base near Zinjibar. Tribesmen have blockaded
oil-producing areas of Maarib province, costing the government
millions of dollars a day in lost exports and sparking a severe fuel
crisis, hours-long power outages, and rocketing prices.
2011 Jul 4, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands rallied in Sanaa and several other major cities,
demanding the quick ouster of the country's president and
criticizing proposals for a gradual transfer of power.
2011 Jul 5, Yemeni state news
said at least 40 militants have been killed in two days of air
strikes and clashes with government forces. Authorities arrested the
head of a Shiite opposition party, Hassan Zaid, at Sanaa airport as
he was headed for the Saudi city of Jeddah. 4 civilians and 6 gunmen
were killed in a series of air raids that targeted extremists who
have taken control of most of Yemen's southern city of Zinjibar,
where the home of the deputy head of the parliament, Mohammed Ali
al-Shadadi, was hit by an air strike that killed three family
members and injured seven. 4 fighters were killed in an air raid
that targeted them in the nearby town of Jaar. Another raid on the
road linking Jaar to Zinjibar killed two other militants.
(AFP, 7/5/11)(SFC, 7/6/11, p.A3)
2011 Jul 6, In Yemen clashes
between security forces and Islamist fighters near a southern town
left seven militants dead along with one soldier near Zinjibar. Two
soldiers were also killed in clashes with armed tribesmen near the
opposition stronghold of Taiz. Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed
10 soldiers in an ambush north of the city of Loder, Abyan province.
(AP, 7/6/11)(AFP, 7/7/11)
2011 Jul 7, Yemen’s Pres. Saleh
appeared on state TV late in the day, a first since flying to Saudi
Arabia a month ago to treat wounds sustained in an attack on his
palace. The video showed the leader with casts on his arms and
visibly weakened after a series of operations, reinforcing
speculation that he won't return to Yemen soon.
2011 Jul 8, In Yemen President
Ali Abdullah Saleh's supporters opened fire, leaving at least 11
people dead after their leader's first television appearance since
his injury last month. 5 people died from gunshots in the capital
Sanaa, 4 in the town of Ibb, and at least 2 others elsewhere. Most
of the shooting was in celebration of Saleh's appearance, but it was
unclear if all the deaths were accidental.
2011 Jul 10, Government-backed
Yemeni tribesmen for the first time joined the fight against
al-Qaida-linked militants in a lawless southern province. One
militant was killed, and four were wounded in clashes in Lawder and
Modya. 4 militants were killed and two wounded in fighting in
Zinjibar that also left one soldier killed. In Taiz random artillery
shelling of positions held by opposition tribesmen killed two
2011 Jul 12, A Yemeni security
official said a government air strike killed 5 militants in the
south between the towns of Jaar and Zinjibar.
(SFC, 7/13/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 14, In southern Yemen
a US warplane attacked a police station overrun by Islamic
militants, killing three of the fighters. Fighting broke out at
night between the Guards, loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and
tribesmen, allied with demonstrators in Taez. 2 people were killed
and at least 22 others wounded.
(AP, 7/14/11)(AFP, 7/15/11)
2011 Jul 15, In Yemen tribesmen
killed a colonel and two of his aides in an ambush on their convoy
in the Sharab al-Rona area of Taez. Tens of thousands of anti-regime
protesters prayed at University Square. Tens of thousands of regime
supporters also turned out. A security official said 7 civilians
were killed and 30 wounded in Republican Guards shelling in Taez.
(AFP, 7/15/11)(AP, 7/15/11)(SFC, 7/16/11,
2011 Jul 16, In Yemen senior
protest figures announced the formation of a shadow government they
say will prepare to run the country should the embattled regime of
President Ali Abdullah Saleh collapse. The 17-member body included a
number of former ministers, one former prime minister, business
people and civil society leaders.
2011 Jul 17, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands of protesters flooded streets across the country to
demand the ouster of President Saleh. Thousands of the embattled
leader's supporters staged counter rallies to celebrate the 33rd
anniversary of his rule.
2011 Jul 18, In Yemen Hassan
Basonbol (alias Abu Issa), a suspected Al-Qaeda leader in Abyan
province, was killed in fighting with the army in Zinjibar.
2011 Jul 19, In Yemen residents
of Jaar, overrun by radical Islamists, said government shelling has
killed more than 20 militants in the past two days. Ayed
al-Shabwani, a senior leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch, was killed
in fighting near the town of Zinjibar. One of the leader's cousins,
Awad al-Shabwani, was also killed in the fighting.
(AP, 7/19/11)(AP, 7/21/11)
2011 Jul 20, Yemeni police
officials said a British man was killed when his car blew up in what
was likely a bombing in the port city of Aden.
2011 Jul 21, Yemeni Republican
Guards shot dead one protester and wounded three in the
second-largest city of Taez. 10 soldiers were killed and 33 wounded
in fighting against militants at al-Code area, near Zinjibar, over
the past 24 hours.
(AFP, 7/21/11)(AP, 7/21/11)
2011 Jul 22, Shelling by Yemeni
security forces killed a young girl and her mother in Taiz. Army
forces fought with Islamists near Zinjibar in clashes that killed
2011 Jul 24, In Yemen a suicide
attacker driving a pickup truck packed with explosives blew himself
up outside an army camp in Aden, killing at least 8 army soldiers
and wounding dozens.
2011 Jul 29, In Yemen tens of
thousands turned out in cities across the country to call for the
ouster of pres. Saleh. In the south government airstrikes targeting
al-Qaida-linked militants accidentally killed 40 pro-government
tribesmen outside Zinjibar. North of Sanaa two days of clashes with
the army left 17 anti-government tribesmen dead, prompting their
powerful tribe to threaten attacks against Sanaa's international
airport. Al-Qaeda elements stationed in Dofas (Abyan province)
attacked army units there using machine guns, killing 2 officers and
4 soldiers, and wounding 9 others. 5 members of the extremist
network were also killed during the attack and four more were
wounded. At least 42 people were killed in violence which rocked
several towns across the southern province of Abyan.
(AP, 7/30/11)(AFP, 7/30/11)(SFC, 7/30/11,
p.A2)(SSFC, 7/31/11, p.A4)(AFP, 8/1/11)
2011 Jul 30, Influential Yemeni
tribal leaders announced the creation of what they have named the
"Alliance of Yemeni Tribes," a coalition to bolster six months of
2011 Jul 31, In southern Yemen
at least 15 suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in army air
raids in and around the restive city of Zinjibar.
2011 Aug 1, In Yemen 2
tribesmen and 2 soldiers were killed in fierce clashes near the
strife-torn country second city of Taez.
2011 Aug 5, Yemeni government
forces clashed with supporters of a powerful tribe in central Sanaa,
forcing residents to flee the area in fear of further fighting.
2011 Aug 9, In Yemen a new
truce was reached in Taez between troops and armed tribesmen backing
2011 Aug 12, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands poured onto the streets of major cities and towns,
demanding the country's embattled president step down. Thousands of
Saleh loyalists gathered for prayers in a mosque near the
presidential palace in the capital Sanaa.
2011 Aug 14, In southern Yemen
17 al-Qaida-linked militants and three army soldiers have been
killed in fighting over the last 24 hours.
2011 Aug 16, In Yemen at least
33 people were killed over the last 24 hours in government raids in
a restive tribal area northeast of the capital Sanaa. President Ali
Abdullah Saleh vowed to return to Yemen soon from Saudi Arabia,
where he has been recuperating from wounds he suffered in an attack
on his palace compound.
2011 Aug 17, Yemeni opposition
leaders formed a national council to act as government in waiting.
143 members were recruited from a broad array of the opposition,
including military commanders and former members of government.
(SFC, 8/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 21, In southern Yemen
a pair of suicide bombings targeting anti-al-Qaida tribesmen killed
11 people in Abyan province.
2011 Aug 22, In Yemen 6
suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen were killed in the southern province of
Abyan in an air raid by government forces.
2011 Aug 23, In Yemen the body
of a suspected suicide bomber was torn into pieces when a
booby-trapped motorbike he was riding exploded in Lawder.
2011 Aug 24, In Yemen military
and medical officials said airstrikes have killed 30 suspected
al-Qaida-linked militants near Zinjibar, Abyan province. 8 soldiers
died in clashes in the area.
2011 Aug 25, A Yemeni military
airstrike killed 8 suspected Al-Qaida militants including a group
leader in the south of the country.
(SFC, 8/26/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 29, In southern Yemen
fierce fighting over the last 24 hours killed 26 al-Qaida militants
and 10 soldiers, including a colonel.
2011 Sep 1, Yemeni military and
medical officials say 30 al-Qaida suspects have been killed over the
last 24 hours in US airstrikes and clashes with Yemeni soldiers in
al-Qaida-held cities in the south. 4 Yemeni military officers were
also killed in the clashes.
2011 Sep 2, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands staged rival rallies, with massive crowds demanding
President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down and as many people turning
out in support of the ailing leader.
2011 Sep 4, In Yemen troops
loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh deployed in force in Sanaa
after opposition groups called new mass demonstrations demanding his
ouster. The Defense Ministry said 17 al-Qaida militants have been
killed in airstrikes in the south.
(AFP, 9/4/11)(AP, 9/5/11)
2011 Sep 5, Yemeni warplanes
launched a series of airstrikes on a southern town overrun by
Islamic militants, killing at least seven people in attacks on a
mosque, a hospital and a national police building.
2011 Sep 7, Yemeni warplanes
hunting down al-Qaida suspects struck southern Abyan province.
Clashes in the south killed 8 soldiers, a teenager and at least 17
militants. The Defense Ministry said troops have recovered 14 bodies
of militants killed in a successful military offensive on the
southern village of Al-Kud.
(AP, 9/7/11)(AP, 9/8/11)(SFC, 9/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 8, Yemeni medical
officials said 2 civilians including a young girl were killed and 23
others wounded in air raids on Jaar, a southern town held by
2011 Sep 11, In Yemen 2
soldiers were killed and 4 wounded by a roadside bomb blast during a
battle for control of Zinjibar.
(SFC, 9/12/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 12, Yemeni state news
said Pres. Saleh has authorized his deputy to negotiate a transfer
of power with the opposition to put an end to a months-long
political crisis. However, Saleh retained the right to reject the
deal. 4 tribesmen were killed in clashes in Arhab between tribal
fighters opposed to President Saleh and an elite military unit loyal
(AFP, 9/12/11)(AP, 9/13/11)(AFP, 9/13/11)
2011 Sep 13, Hundreds of
thousands of Yemenis poured into the streets of major cities and
towns across the country to protest the latest attempt by their
embattled president to evade pressure to step down. 5 tribesmen were
killed in clashes between tribal fighters in Arhab opposed to
President Saleh and an elite military unit loyal to him.
(AP, 9/13/11)(AFP, 9/13/11)
2011 Sep 14, In Yemen one
civilian was killed and five were wounded in three explosions near
police stations in the southern port city of Aden. Overnight clashes
between government forces and Al-Qaida militants left 14 dead
including 12 militants.
(AP, 9/15/11)(SFC, 9/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 15, In Yemen
government troops shelled a district overnight in Sanaa, home to the
chief of the main tribe opposing Pres. Saleh, killing 3 and wounding
5 people. Witnesses said 13 people were killed when government
forces shelled Arhab mountain villages north of Sanaa. In Taiz 10
protesters were wounded as the army opened fire at tens of thousands
who were rallying and calling for President Saleh to step down.
2011 Sep 16, In Yemen thousands
of protesters took to the streets demanding the resignation of Pres.
Saleh, a day after the US State Department said it hoped a power
transfer deal could be signed within a week. Officials in Saudi
Arabia and Yemen said that President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not
return to Sanaa and will, instead, remain in Riyadh.
2011 Sep 17, In Yemen overnight
fighting in the capital of Sanaa between rival army units left one
dissident soldier dead and five members of the youths' security
committee wounded. Thousands of anti-government protesters stormed
the main university in Sanaa preventing the first day of classes. At
least 20 other schools were kept closed as buildings were used by
government-linked gunmen and soldiers who had defected to the
(AFP, 9/17/11)(SSFC, 9/18/11, p.A6)
2011 Sep 18, Yemeni government
troops shelled a district of the capital that has been held for
months by a powerful anti-government tribal chief and his armed
supporters. Pro-regime snipers killed at least 26 of the protesters.
(AP, 9/18/11)(AP, 9/19/11)
2011 Sep 19, Yemeni pro-regime
forces, including snipers picking off protesters from rooftops,
killed at least 23 people in a second day of clashes shaking the
capital of Sanaa. 4 children were killed by live ammunition during
the last 2 days of unrest. Protesters backed by military defectors
seized a base of the Republican Guards in Sanaa.
(AP, 9/19/11)(AP, 9/20/11)(SFC, 9/20/11, p.A3)
2011 Sep 20, In Yemen a third
day of fighting in Sanaa, including a mortar attack on unarmed
protesters, killed nine people.
2011 Sep 21, Yemeni government
forces fired mortars at a central district of the capital Sanaa
where tens of thousands of opposition supporters had gathered. 16
people were killed in two attacks. The violence breached a
cease-fire negotiated a day earlier.
(AP, 9/21/11)(SFC, 9/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 22, In Yemen renewed
violence in Sanaa killed at least 9 people as street battles broke
out between forces loyal to the regime and its opponents.
2011 Sep 23, Yemeni President
Ali Abdullah Saleh made a surprise return home after more than three
months of medical treatment in Saudi Arabia. He immediately called
for a cease-fire and said negotiations were the only way out of the
crisis. One person was killed overnight after mortars hit the square
in central Sanaa where protesters demanding Saleh's ouster have been
camped out for months.
2011 Sep 24, In Yemen fighting
raged in Sanaa, leaving at least 40 dead as forces loyal to
President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled pro-opposition soldiers and
moved to clear the protest camp at Change Square that has been the
epicenter of the country's uprising.
2011 Sep 25, Yemeni government
troops opened fire on protesters in the capital Sanaa, wounding at
least 18 people.
2011 Sep 26, In Yemen
anti-government tribesmen overran an army base housing an elite unit
north Sanaa, capturing 30 soldiers and dealing a blow to the
prestige of the powerful Republican Guards led by the son of the
country's embattled president.
2011 Sep 27, In Yemen a suicide
attacker driving an explosives-laden car blew himself up next to the
passing convoy of Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed,
who escaped the attack unharmed. At least 10 were wounded in the
blast. Attackers in the south struck a major oil pipeline in the
city of Marib, causing a disruption in oil exports.
2011 Sep 28, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands of people demonstrated near Sanaa's Change Square,
demanded the ouster of Pres. Saleh. Tribesmen fighting the
Republican Guard north of Sanaa shot down a fighter jet.
2011 Sep 29, In Yemen fierce
clashes erupted in Sanaa between troops loyal to embattled President
Ali Abdullah Saleh and forces led by defected General Ali Mohsen
al-Ahmar. One civilian was killed and five others were wounded in
overnight bombing in Taez.
2011 Sep 30, In Yemen US
airstrikes killed Anwar al-Awlaki (b.1971), an American militant
cleric who became a prominent figure in the terror network's most
dangerous branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to
draw recruits for attacks in the United States. Yemen's Defense
Ministry said Samir Khan, another American militant, was killed in
the same strike. Khan, a US citizen of Pakistani heritage, had
produced "Inspire," an English-language al-Qaida Web magazine that
spread the word on ways to carry out attacks inside the United
States. Ibrahim al-Asiri, a top Al-Qaida bomb maker, also died in
(AP, 9/30/11)(SFC, 10/1/11, p.A3)
2011 Oct 1, A Yemeni government
warplane mistakenly bombed an army position just east of Zinjibar in
southern Abyan province, killing at least 30 soldiers and wounding
many more. The bombing targeted an abandoned school used as shelter
by soldiers of the army's 119th Brigade. The 119th Brigade has
rebelled against the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh to join
the protest movement demanding his ouster. Fighting in Zinjibar
killed at least 28 soldiers and militants.
2011 Oct 2, In Yemen a
seven-year-old girl was killed by a rocket that struck a school in
2011 Oct 4, In Yemen shells
fired into a popular shopping district of Sanaa killed two civilians
and wounded another. Shelling attacks on the southwest Yemeni town
of Taez, a hotbed of anti-regime protest, left seven civilians dead
and 22 others injured.
2011 Oct 5, In Yemen a US drone
strike east of Zinjibar killed 5 Al-Qaida-linked militants.
(SFC, 10/6/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 7, The Nobel Peace
Prize was awarded to Tawakkul Karman (32) of Yemen. She shared the
prize with Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and Liberian
peace activist Leymah Gbowee, as the Nobel committee gave a nod to
the Arab Spring.
2011 Oct 8, A Yemeni policeman
was killed and five others wounded when a bomb exploded at their
post in the southern city of Aden.
2011 Oct 9, Yemeni opposition
spokesman Mohammed Qahtan urged the UN Security Council to break the
political deadlock in Yemen, scoffing at a statement from President
Ali Abdullah Saleh that he was ready to step down.
2011 Oct 12, The Yemeni
government urged the UN Security Council to avoid a resolution
targeting embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh, calling on it
instead to back a political solution for the country's crisis.
2011 Oct 14, An American drone
strike in southern Yemen killed 9 al-Qaida-linked militants,
including Egyptian-born Ibrahim al-Banna, the media chief for the
group's Yemeni branch, and Abdul-Rahman al-Awlaki (21), the son of a
prominent US-born cleric slain in a similar attack last month. On
Oct 31 Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula denied the death of its
(AP, 10/15/11)(AFP, 10/30/11)
2011 Oct 15, In Yemen 17
people, at least five of them civilians, were killed in clashes that
erupted between Saleh loyalists, and pro-opposition tribesmen and
army units. Security forces in another part of Sanaa killed at least
12 protesters rallying to demand the removal of Saleh from office.
Gas exports from the Balhaf terminal on the Gulf of Aden were
suspended after a rocket attack blew up a pipeline just to the
(AFP, 10/15/11)(AFP, 10/16/11)
2011 Oct 16, In Yemen 4
demonstrators and two soldiers of the armored division were killed
in Sanaa. One protester was killed in Taez when government troops
opened fire on demonstrators also calling for Saleh's resignation. 8
more people were killed and 27 wounded in night time street battles
in Sanaa between Saleh loyalists and opponents.
(AFP, 10/16/11)(AFP, 10/18/11)
2011 Oct 17, In Yemen one
protester was killed and seven wounded when Saleh loyalists opened
fire on a demonstration in Taez. A family of five were killed when a
rocket hit their home in north Sanaa. At least 18 people were killed
on Sanaa in fighting between troops loyal to Pres. Saleh and rival
(AFP, 10/18/11)(SFC, 10/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 18, In Yemen 12
protesters were killed and over 70 wounded as gunmen loyal to
President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on demonstrators in the
2011 Oct 21, The UN Security
council unanimously passed a resolution that "strongly" condemns the
deadly Yemen government attacks on demonstrators and backs a Gulf
plan for Pres. Saleh to end his 33 years in power.
2011 Oct 22, In Yemen at least
20 people died in fierce clashes in Sanaa between President Ali
Abdullah Saleh's troops and rival forces, a day after the UN urged
the embattled leader to hand over power.
(AFP, 10/22/11)(AFP, 10/23/11)
2011 Oct 24, In Yemen
representatives from Pres. Saleh's ruling General People's Congress
met with Gulf and European diplomats in Sanaa to discuss a framework
for implementing the GCC initiative. Representatives of Saleh said
he would agree to the transition plan provided he remain in power
until early elections are held. The opposition rejected the latest
2011 Oct 25, In Yemen 5
civilians were killed in clashes and protests Sanaa and Taez, as
calls mounted for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. A
Yemeni military cargo plane crashed while landing at a base in the
southern province of Lahej killing at least four of 15 people on
board. President Saleh informed US Ambassador Gerald Feierstein that
he would sign a deal to step down and spoke of a new cease-fire, but
clashes on the streets threw that into doubt. Activists said seven
protesters were killed and 10 wounded.
(AFP, 10/25/11)(AP, 10/25/11)
2011 Oct 26, Hundreds of Yemeni
women set fire to traditional female veils to protest the
government's brutal crackdown against the country's popular
uprising, as overnight clashes in the capital and another city
killed 25 people. The act of women burning their clothing is a
symbolic Bedouin tribal gesture signifying an appeal for help to
2011 Oct 27, Yemeni security
forces heavily deployed in Sanaa allowed a massive anti-regime rally
to cross the capital without intervening, for the first time since
2011 Oct 28, In Yemen a car
bomb near Aden killed Ali al-Haddi, the head of the anti-terror
force in restive southern Abyan province. Demonstrations raged
around the country. A 28-year-old woman was reported killed in
crossfire in Sanaa during a gunbattle between opposing sides.
2011 Oct 30, In Yemen 4 people,
including three children, were killed overnight when troops loyal to
Pres. Saleh shelled a petrol filling station in a region north of
the capital. In Taiz one civilian was shot dead and two were wounded
by government forces who fired at a car.
2011 Nov 1, In Yemen
intermittent clashes erupted late in the day in Hasaba district
between government troops and gunmen loyal to influential tribal
chief Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, killed two tribesmen and a policemen.
2011 Nov 2, In Yemen at least
10 people were killed and 43 others wounded in renewed clashes
between government forces and tribesmen in Taez.
2011 Nov 4, Yemen’s 25th
Mechanized Brigade fired artillery shells at an area in Zinjibar's
east killing five Al-Qaeda militants.
2011 Nov 6, Two Yemeni soldiers
were reported killed in overnight clashes with suspected Al-Qaeda
fighters near the militant stronghold of Zinjibar.
2011 Nov 10, In Yemen gunmen in
civilian clothes opened fire on anti-government protests in Sanaa
and Taiz, killing a 13-year-old boy in Sanaa and injuring a dozen
others. One man was killed and nine other people were wounded in
Taez. The UN Secretary General's special envoy to Yemen, Jamal bin
Omar, arrived in the country to seek progress on a U.S.-backed
proposal to end the crisis.
(AP, 11/10/11)(AFP, 11/11/11)
2011 Nov 11, In Yemen forces
loyal to President Abdullah Saleh shelled the country's second
largest city Taez, killing 15 people, among them 3 women and 3
(AFP, 11/11/11)(AP, 11/12/11)
2011 Nov 12, In Yemen fierce
clashes erupted in Taez as protesters in the capital Sanaa condemned
international silence in the face of a government crackdown. Armed
tribesmen, who have thrown their support behind the protest
movement, clashed with government troops in the Hassab district of
2011 Nov 13, Yemeni government
forces and allied tribesmen killed ten militants in attacks around
the country, as visiting UN envoy Jamal Benomar met with embattled
President Ali Abdullah Saleh to push for a solution to the country's
2011 Nov 16, Yemeni troops
killed seven al-Qaida-linked militants, including an Iranian, a
Pakistani and two Somali nationals, in the latest fighting in
Zinjibar, provincial capital of Abyan. Anti-regime protesters,
inspired by the suspension of Syria from the Arab League, staged a
massive rally in Sanaa to urge the regional grouping to do the same
(AP, 11/16/11)(AFP, 11/16/11)
2011 Nov 17, The UN refugee
agency said Yemen has seen a surge of refugees from Somalia and
Ethiopia, with a record 12,545 arriving by sea last month as they
fled unrest, famine and persecution.
2011 Nov 22, The UN
secretary-general's envoy to Yemen said all parties have agreed on a
plan under which longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh would step
down. A date for signing the deal was yet to be set.
2011 Nov 22, In Yemen 3 Red
Cross workers including a French national were kidnapped while
traveling in the restive south. All 3 were released on Nov 24. The
kidnappers had been assured that activists from the autonomist
Southern Movement would be released from government custody once
they freed the hostages.
(AP, 11/23/11)(AFP, 11/24/11)
2011 Nov 23, Yemen’s Pres.
Saleh signed a US-backed power-transfer deal, brokered by
neighboring countries in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. It officially
transfers power to his vice president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, in
exchange for immunity from prosecution. The deal also called for
early presidential elections within 90 days.
2011 Nov 24, Yemen President
Ali Abdullah Saleh's agreement to step down failed to end violence
as security forces killed five protesters demanding that the ousted
leader be put on trial for past crimes ranging from corruption to
bloodshed during the current uprising.
2011 Nov 25, In Yemen tens of
thousands returned to the streets across the country to reject the
power-transfer deal and call for Saleh's trial for crimes ranging
from corruption to lethal crackdowns on protests. Heavy fighting
between government forces and defected military troops shook Sanaa,
killing two people. Mohammed Basindawa, a former member of Saleh's
ruling party, was chosen to head a national unity government.
(AP, 11/25/11)(AFP, 11/26/11)
2011 Nov 26, A Yemeni security
official said government warplanes over the last 48 hours have
killed 80 anti-government tribesmen who overran part of a military
camp in the Arhab region north of the capital Sanaa. About 20
soldiers were reported killed by the tribesmen.
2011 Nov 27, Yemen’s vice
president, Gen. Abd-Rabbu Mansour, named Mohammed Basindwa to form a
national unity government. A tribal source said Shiite rebels have
killed 20 people and wounded 70 others in an attack on a Sunni
Islamist school in Dammaj, a suburb of the Shiite stronghold city of
Saada. Yemen's army shelled suspected Al-Qaeda positions in
Zinjibar, killing 9 militants in its battle to win control of the
city. A tribal source said that four other extremists were killed in
an ambush by tribal fighters allied to the military in Abyan
province. Government troops have so far been unable to win back full
control of Abyan.
(AFP, 11/27/11)(AFP, 11/28/11)(SFC, 11/28/11,
2011 Nov 29, The Yemeni army
killed six Qaeda-linked militants in their stronghold of Zinjibar,
capital of the restive southern province of Abyan. A rocket attack
by Houthi rebels killed some 24 students at a religious school run
by ultra-orthodox Sunnis near the town of Saada. The Houthis claim
themselves to be champions Zaydism, a Shia-derived version of Islam.
(AFP, 11/30/11)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.61)(Econ,
2011 Nov 30, In Yemen gunmen
shot dead two government soldiers in the main southern city of Aden,
as thousands rallied there to call for secession from the north.
2011 Dec 1, Clashes between
Yemeni soldiers and armed tribesmen in the restive southern city of
Taiz left 13 dead including 5 soldiers.
2011 Dec 2, Yemeni government
troops shelled residential areas in the restive southern city of
Taiz for a fourth straight day, killing three people.
2011 Dec 3,
Five Yemeni soldiers were killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda suspects
on their post near the southern restive city of Zinjibar in Abyan
2011 Dec 4, Yemeni officials
said clashes between the army and tribal fighters in Taiz have left
at least 28 people dead over the last 3 days. Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi
formed a military commission under the Gulf Cooperation Council
agreement to oversee the restructuring of the security forces, many
of which are controlled by Saleh's relatives.
(SFC, 12/5/11, p.A2)(AFP, 12/6/11)
2011 Dec 5, In Yemen two women
were killed and six people were wounded when Pres. Saleh's forces
fired on a crowd of anti-regime protesters in Taez.
2011 Dec 6, In Yemen a civilian
was killed when a shell, fired by troops loyal to President Ali
Abdullah Saleh, hit a bus in Taez.
2011 Dec 7, Yemeni regime and
opposition spokesmen accused each other's forces of shelling
government and residential areas in the capital. The accusations
come in advance of the expected declaration of a national unity
government to take over from ministers allied with embattled
President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Militants linked to al-Qaida attacked
an army post in the south but were driven back, leaving nine of
their dead behind. One soldier was also killed in the night
firefight east of Zinjibar in Abyan province.
(AP, 12/7/11)(AP, 12/8/11)
2011 Dec 8, Yemeni tribesmen
killed two suspected Al-Qaeda militants as they tried to infiltrate
Mudi in southern Abyan province.
2011 Dec 9, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people took to the streets across the country demanding
that outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh be put on trial. A prison
riot in Sanaa left two inmates dead and three guards injured.
2011 Dec 10, Yemen's national
unity government, led by the opposition, was sworn in to lead a
three-month transition period until early elections are held and
President Ali Abdullah Saleh formally steps down. The new 34-member
cabinet, headed by PM Mohammed Basindawa, will carry out its duties
until February elections. Then Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi
will take over the presidency for an interim two-year period.
Thousands of protesters marched in Taez, demanding Saleh be tried.
al-Qaida-linked militants attacked a military barracks in Zinjibar
overnight, leaving two soldiers and 11 militants dead.
(AFP, 12/10/11)(AP, 12/10/11)
2011 Dec 12, In southern Yemen
a protester was wounded in Aden when police dispersed hundreds of
demonstrators demanding a secession of southern regions. A security
official said 12 alleged Al-Qaeda militants plus two other inmates
have tunneled their way to freedom from a prison in Aden. Al-Qaeda
linked gunman fired on a military vehicle killing three soldiers and
wounding 11 others near the southern city of Zinjibar.
(AFP, 12/12/11)(AP, 12/12/11)(AFP, 12/13/11)
2011 Dec 16, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands demonstrated across the country rejecting an amnesty
given to President Ali Abdullah Saleh against prosecution in a deal
that eases him out of office.
2011 Dec 18, Four Yemeni
soldiers and two al-Qaida-linked militants were killed in overnight
clashes outside the city of Zinjibar.
2011 Dec 19, In Yemen fresh
fighting between suspected Al-Qaeda militants and army troops in
Abyan province killed 4 soldiers and 16 al-Qaida-linked militants.
2011 Dec 21, In Yemen overnight
fighting against al-Qaida-linked fighters in the south killed 10 of
the militants and five soldiers outside Zinjibar. Abdel-Rahman
al-Wahishi, brother of Yemen's al-Qaida leader, was among dozens of
people killed in battles raging for days in the south of the
(AP, 12/21/11)(AP, 12/22/11)
2011 Dec 22, In Yemen fighting
killed five militants and five soldiers in Zinjibar. Residents
reported heavy naval bombardment of the city, near Yemen's southern
2011 Dec 24, In Yemen security
forces and backers of embattled President Saleh shot dead at least 9
protesters as they approached Sanaa. Tens of thousands of protesters
who set off from the southern city of Taez on Tuesday for the 270-km
(170-mile) march to the capital had arrived in Sanaa in
mid-afternoon but were blocked in a southern suburb. Pres.
Saleh said he would leave the country for the US to help calm
(AFP, 12/24/11)(AP, 12/25/11)(SSFC, 12/25/11,
2011 Dec 25, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people demonstrated in Sanaa against the deaths of
protesters and demanding the resignation of Vice President Hadi for
failing to bring the killers to justice.
2011 Dec 26, Yemen's military
agreed to replace Maj. Gen. Ali al-Shater, a commander accused of
corruption, apparently settling a brief strike by 1,000 soldiers.
Yemeni soldiers battled al-Qaida-linked militants outside the
southern city of Zinjibar, which remains partly under the control of
the Islamists. Five soldiers and four fighters were killed.
2011 Dec 28, In Yemen labor
strikes spread through the country as workers demanded reforms and
dismissal of managers over alleged corruption linked to the outgoing
president. A civilian was shot dead in a shootout between the
Republican Guard and gunmen loyal to dissident tribal chief Sadiq
(AP, 12/28/11)(AFP, 12/28/11)
2011 Dec 29, In Yemen fellow
security officers shot and killed one of the protesting officers in
Sanaa. Five others were wounded when forces attempted to clear out a
sit-in by several hundred police at their barracks. The police were
demanding the removal of top Interior Ministry officials whom they
accuse of corruption and ties to Saleh's regime.
2011 Dec 29, Industry sources
said Saudi Arabia's state oil company Aramco was seeking to buy fuel
in order to donate about 500,000 tons of products to Yemen in
2011 Dec 30, Tens of thousands
of Yemenis held demonstrations around the country to demand their
longtime president face trial for the killings of hundreds of
unarmed protesters in the pro-democracy uprising that began 10
2011 Dec 31, In Yemen Islamist
militants fired into the air to halt a peace march by thousands of
Yemenis who were demanding an end to fighting that has forced them
to flee their homes in the south. Pres. Saleh reversed his decision
to leave the country.
(AP, 12/31/11)(AP, 1/1/12)
2012 Jan 1, In Yemen tens of
thousands marched in the streets of the capital Sanaa, chanting that
Saleh "must stand before a judge." Another big crowd of marchers
echoed the chant in Taiz.
2012 Jan 2, In Yemen a French
journalist was found strangled with an electrical wire in his hotel
room in Sanaa.
2012 Jan 4, In Yemen Islamic
militants stormed a hotel where alcohol is served in Aden, setting
the building on fire, killing two people and wounding 20.
2012 Jan 8, Yemeni troops
clashed with Al-Qaeda linked militants overnight in a new attempt to
regain control of Abyan province. A soldier and six militants were
killed in the fighting.
2012 Jan 13, At least 4 Yemeni
protesters were killed and over a dozen people injured when security
forces fired bullets and tear gas at marchers in the southern city
of Aden. Fighting left three militants dead, among them an Algerian.
(AP, 1/13/12)(AFP, 1/14/12)(SFC, 1/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 14, In Yemen residents
of Zinjibar, who fled nearly eight months of fighting between the
army and Islamists, began returning home, escorted by
2012 Jan 16, In Yemen some 200
al-Qaida militants seized full control of Radda, a town 100 miles
south of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. They stormed the local jail and
freed 150-200 inmates, including an unspecified number of militants
loyal to al-Qaida. At least 3 people were killed in clashes with
soldiers and armed tribesmen.
2012 Jan 20, In Yemen
unidentified gunmen shot dead three policemen in the center of Aden.
2012 Jan 20, The UN refugee
agency raised concern over the record numbers of Ethiopians and
Somalis flocking to Yemen, despite the deteriorating security
situation there. Last year 103,000 refugees, asylum seekers and
migrants crossed the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea, almost double the
2010 figure of 53,000.
2012 Jan 21, Yemeni officials
said outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave soon to Oman,
en route to medical treatment in the United States. Yemen's
parliament approved an immunity law, a key step toward Saleh's
formal retirement from his post.
2012 Jan 22, Outgoing Yemeni
President Ali Abdullah Saleh delivered a farewell speech,
apologizing for mistakes and saying it is time to hand over power.
He announced the promotion of Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi
to the rank of marshal and left the country for medical treatment in
NYC. Tens of thousands demanded Saleh's execution protesting against
a law giving him full immunity from prosecution.
(AP, 1/22/12)(AFP, 1/22/12)(AP, 1/23/12)(SFC,
2012 Jan 23, In Yemen a wave of
mutinies demanding the ouster of the air force commander spread to
four military air bases. The president’s half-brother, Maj. Gen.
Mohammed Saleh, remained commander of the air force.
2012 Jan 24, UNICEF said a year
of Yemen's turmoil has exacerbated the number of malnourished
children under the age of five to around 750,000.
2012 Jan 25, Fresh clashes in
southern Yemen killed six al-Qaida militants and injured 10
soldiers. Residents of Radda, 100 miles (160 km) south of Sanaa,
held street celebrations, firing guns in the air to celebrate the
withdrawal of al-Qaida gunmen from their town.
2012 Jan 27, In Yemen fighting
between government troops and al-Qaida linked militants in the
country's south killed at least five people.
2012 Jan 28, In Yemen hundreds
of air force personnel in Sanaa and Taez demanded the ouster of air
force commander Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar, a half-brother of Pres.
2012 Jan 29, In Yemen troops at
the headquarters of the elite Republican Guard opened fire at a
protest by soldiers demanding the ouster of their brigade chief over
2012 Jan 30, In Yemen US
airstrikes targeting leaders from the active al-Qaida branch killed
four suspected militants, including a man suspected of involvement
in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.
2012 Jan 31, Yemeni armed
tribesmen from the al-Mahweet province kidnapped six UN workers. The
assailants demanded that the government release fellow tribesmen
2012 Feb 2, In Yemen gunmen
loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh besieged the offices of the
state-owned Al-Thawra daily after it stopped printing the departing
leader's portrait on its front page. Anti-Saleh demonstrators
meanwhile gathered in Sanaa's Change Square calling for the trial of
Saleh, who received blanket immunity against prosecution from
2012 Feb 9, Yemeni security
forces shot dead two southern Yemeni activists during a
demonstration in Daleh against presidential elections to be held
later this month.
2012 Feb 10, In Yemen thousands
rallied in Sanaa to back a single-candidate presidential election
planned for later this month that has sparked protests in the south.
2012 Feb 12, In southern Yemen
al-Qaida-linked militants in Azan and Jaar publicly executed two
Yemenis suspected of collaborating with the United States.
2012 Feb 16, In Yemen Tariq
al-Dahab, a senior al-Qaida leader, was killed by his half brother
Hizam in a family feud. An ensuing gunbattle between his followers
and opponents left Hizam and 15 other militants dead. Another
al-Qaida-linked fighter was killed in clashes with the army in
Zinjibar that also left eight soldiers wounded.
(AP, 2/16/12)(AP, 2/20/12)
2012 Feb 20, In southern Yemen
gunmen blew up a voting station, one day before the country is to go
to the polls to rubber stamp its vice president as the new head of
2012 Feb 21, Yemenis voted to
instate their US-backed vice president as the new head of state,
tasked with steering the country out of a crisis created by an
anti-government uprising that has raged for a year. Vice President
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was the only candidate. Four people
including a child were killed in clashes in south Yemen between
security forces and separatists, who seized half the polling
stations in the city of Aden to prevent voting.
(AP, 2/21/12)(AFP, 2/21/12)
2012 Feb 25, In southern Yemen
a car bomb outside the gate of a presidential compound in Mukalla
killed 26 people hours after the country's new president, Abed Rabbo
Mansour Hadi, was formally inaugurated and vowed to fight al-Qaida.
Former Pres. Saleh returned to Yemen for the inauguration following
medical treatment in the US. Two Yemeni soldiers died as the result
of a gun battle that erupted when troops moved in to dismantle a
tent camp of southern militants in the port city of Aden.
(AP, 2/25/12)(AFP, 2/25/12)(AFP, 3/3/12)
2012 Feb 26, Yemeni troops
killed five suspected Al-Qaeda militants in an artillery attack in
the southern city of Zinjibar.
2012 Feb 27, In Yemen aides to
Ali Abdullah Saleh said that the ousted president plans to go into
exile in Ethiopia, as pressures mounted on him to depart the country
for fear of sparking new cycles of violence.
2012 Mar 1, Hundreds of Yemeni
soldiers staged protests at several military institutions across the
country demanding the departure of their chiefs, whom they accuse of
2012 Mar 3, In Yemen 2 suicide
bombers killed a government soldier as they blew up a vehicle at an
elite Republican Guard camp in Bayda. At least 16 soldiers were
wounded in clashes with Al-Qaeda militants in Zinjibar.
2012 Mar 4, In Yemen 185
soldiers and at least 25 Al-Qaida militants were reported killed in
clashes as militants tried to take army positions in the Kud area of
southern Abyan province. 56 soldiers were taken captive. Gunmen
killed a senior police official in the southeastern province of
Hadramawt. Gen. Mahdi Maqoula, a Saleh loyalist, stepped down.
During his last week, ammunition and weapons from a military
storehouse in the south disappeared, apparently smuggled out and
(AP, 3/4/12)(AP, 3/5/12)(AP, 3/6/12)(AFP,
2012 Mar 5, In Yemen unknown
assailants shot and wounded a police chief traveling between Aden
and the nearby province of Lahij.
2012 Mar 6, In southern Yemen
unknown assailants shot dead a policeman and wounded four others in
the Ataq, Shabwa province. In Daleh province members of the
separatist Southern Movement "opened machinegun fire at a police
vehicle, wounding three policemen.
2012 Mar 10, In central Yemen
airstrikes killed 18 Al-Qaida-linked militants. Separate strikes
targeted militants in the south.
(SSFC, 3/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Mar 14, In Yemen suspected
Al-Qaeda militants were reported to have kidnapped a Swiss woman.
She was abducted in Hodeida (on the Red Sea coast) by armed men who
moved her to Shabwa province.
2012 Mar 17, Yemeni security
forces and unknown gunmen clashed in the southern port city of Aden,
wounding two policemen and a civilian. A day earlier a member of the
Al-Qaeda-linked Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law) was arrested in
the same district.
2012 Mar 18, In central Yemen
two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead Joe Schrum (29), an American
teacher working at a language institute. He was shot in his car in
(AP, 3/18/12)(SFC, 3/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 20, In Yemen all but
two members of former Pres. Saleh's General People's Congress (GPC)
walked out of a 34-member cabinet meeting. Opponents in the new
coalition government soon accused members of Saleh’s party of trying
to hamper political transition in the country. Three Filipino
sailors were kidnapped in Mahrah province.
(AFP, 3/22/12)(SSFC, 3/25/12, p.A4)
2012 Mar 21, In Yemen suspected
Al-Qaeda gunmen killed an intelligence officer, by cutting his
throat after kidnapping him at Mukalla, capital of Hadramawt
province. The decapitated body of Lt. Col. Farag Said Ben Qahtan was
found in was found in farmlands following a gunbattle between the
kidnappers and security forces trying to rescue him.
(AFP, 3/22/12)(AP, 3/23/12)
2012 Mar 22, Yemeni navy ships
shelled suspected al-Qaida positions in the southern province of
Abyan, killing 29 militants around Zinjibar.
2012 Mar 23, In Yemen tens of
thousands of protesters across the country demanded that ex-Pres.
Saleh be stripped of immunity from prosecution and be put on trial
the deaths of demonstrators opposing his rule.
(SFC, 3/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 24, In southern Yemen
suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen have killed Major Kamal al-Ashwal and
wounded two soldiers in an ambush east of the city of Huta.
2012 Mar 26, Saudi King
Abdullah ordered the donation of petroleum products to neighboring
Yemen that should cover the impoverished country's needs for two
2012 Mar 28, Yemen's Saudi
Arabia's deputy consul, Abdullah al-Khalidi (Abdullah Mohammed
Khalifa al-Khaldi), was seized by unknown gunmen outside his home in
southern port city of Aden. Al-Qaida's Yemen branch claimed
(AFP, 3/28/12)(AP, 5/26/12)
2012 Mar 30, In Yemen unmanned
US drones targeted al-Qaida positions inside Shabwa province killing
four militants. Al-Qaeda members sabotaged a southern gas pipeline
after eight people, including suspected Al-Qaeda members, were
killed in an air strike and a shooting.
(AFP, 3/30/12)(AP, 3/31/12)
2012 Mar 31, In Yemen
Al-Qaida-linked militants staged a surprise attack on a government
army base in al-Mallah town in southern Lahij province, setting off
clashes that left 28 soldiers and 12 militants dead before air
strikes forced the militants to retreat.
(AP, 3/31/12)(AFP, 4/3/12)
2012 Apr 1, In southern Yemen
Al-Qaida-linked militants staged a pre-dawn surprise attack on an
army base, killing seven soldiers in Hadramout province. Yemen's
army shelled Al-Qaeda hideouts in the southern city of Zinjibar, one
of the jihadists' major strongholds, killing six militants. A Somali
group leader named Abu Bilal" was said to be among those killed.
(AP, 4/1/12)(AFP, 4/2/12)
2012 Apr 3, Yemen said its
armed forces have killed 38 suspected members of Al-Qaeda in two
days of air raids and shelling of their hideouts in Huroor in the
2012 Apr 5, Yemen’s interior
minister said government troops have killed over 100 Al-Qaida
fighters in the past two days.
(SFC, 4/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 6, Yemen’s Pres. Abed
Rabu Mansour Hadi fired 4 governors and over a dozen military
generals, loyalists to the old regime. Two suspected Al-Qaeda
suicide bombers died when their payload exploded short of their
intended target in Aden.
(AFP, 4/6/12)(SFC, 4/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 7, A Yemeni air raid
late today killed 16 terrorists belonging to Al-Qaeda network in Kud
near Zinjibar. A US drone reportedly killed eight Al-Qaeda suspects
when it fired a missile at their vehicle in the eastern province of
2012 Apr 9, In Yemen
Al-Qaida-linked militants staged a dawn attack on a government army
post in the south setting off clashes. At least 78 people were
killed in Lawder, Abyan province.
(AP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/10/12)
2012 Apr 10, In Yemen Al-Qaeda
militants killed nine government soldiers in an attack on a
makeshift military post on the road between Hadramawt and Marib
province in the country's mostly lawless eastern provinces. Two more
civilians were killed in Lawder.
2012 Apr 11, Yemeni government
troops battled al-Qaida militants in heavy fighting that left 51
people dead on the outskirts of Lawder. The militants killed
included two senior members of the terror network in the area,
identified as Imad al-Manshaby and Ahmed Mohammed Taher.
(AP, 4/11/12)(AFP, 4/12/12)
2012 Apr 12, In Yemen a battle
between Al-Qaeda militants and armed civilians for control of the
Yemeni town of Loder (Lawder) spread to nearby Mudia, as the death
toll from four days of clashes reached 177.
2012 Apr 13, The Yemeni Defense
Ministry said that the death toll among al-Qaida militants in
clashes in Abyan province had reached nearly 200.
2012 Apr 14, In Yemen Al-Qaida
fighters attacked a security checkpoint on the outskirts of Aden and
killed four troops while losing eight of their own. Separately
militants kidnapped a senior intelligence officer and two soldiers
in the town of Radda south of Sanaa. 3 jihadist leaders were killed
in an air strike in Bayda province. Among the dead was local AQAP
leader, Abu Hamza al-Sabri, referred to as the "Emir (prince) of
(AP, 4/14/12)(AFP, 4/15/12)(AFP, 5/10/12)
2012 Apr 15, In Yemen 3
children were killed by a roadside bomb while walking to school. A
4th person was killed in an Al-Qaeda mortar attack on the southern
town of Loder (Lawder).
2012 Apr 16, In Yemen a
suspected US drone strike late today in the southeastern Shabwa
province killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.
2012 Apr 18, In Yemen 7
Al-Qaeda suspects, including four Somali nationals, were killed in
battles with Yemeni troops near the southern town of Loder (Lawder).
An air strike on an Al-Qaeda position near Loder killed six
2012 Apr 19, Yemeni government
troops launched a surprise attack in Abyan province. 32 Islamist
militants were reported killed.
2012 Apr 20, In Yemen tens of
thousands rallied in the capital, Sanaa, and several other cities
demanding trial of Saleh and his family for killing protesters
during past year's uprising. Yemen's air force raided Al-Qaeda
hideouts in the south. The military regained control over part of
Zinjibar after a battle left 12 militants and 7 troops dead.
(AP, 4/20/12)(AFP, 4/21/12)(SSFC, 4/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 21, In Yemen Benjamin
Malbrancke (28), a French staff member of the international Red
Cross, was kidnapped in the coastal province of Hudayda. He was
freed on July 13.
2012 Apr 22, Yemen’s army fired
a series of artillery shells on suspected Al-Qaeda positions late
today near the city of Loder (Lawder), killing 13 militants. At
least three other militants were killed elsewhere, in an air strike
on several vehicles traveling in a remote desert region in the
country's eastern Marib province. The financier of Yemen's Al-Qaeda
branch, Mohammed Said al-Omda (also known as Abu Gharib Taizi) was
among the dead. Former Pres. Saleh's half brother, air force
commander Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar, finally gave up his command and
left his office at the military section of the international airport
(AFP, 4/23/12)(AP, 4/24/12)(AFP, 5/10/12)
2012 Apr 24, Yemeni government
troops fought their way into the center of Zinjibar, an
al-Qaida-held city in the lawless south after a fierce, six-hour
battle that ended early today. Dozens were killed and wounded on
2012 Apr 26, US officials said
the White House has given the CIA and the Pentagon broader authority
to carry out drone strikes in Yemen against terrorists who imperil
(SFC, 4/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 29, In southern Yemen
Al-Qaeda freed 73 soldiers captured in battles on March 4, as three
suspected militants were killed in an air strike in the north of the
2012 Apr 30, In Yemen fierce
clashes killed at least 21 people, including 18 Al-Qaeda militants,
near the southern town of Loder (Lawder).
2012 May 1, In southern Yemeni
an airstrike on a vehicle killed 3 al-Qaida militants.
Al-Qaida-linked militants attacked military vehicles carrying
soldiers and a French oil expert. One soldier was killed, and the
French expert was wounded.
2012 May 2, In southern Yemen
an airstrike killed 15 al-Qaida-linked militants in their training
camp in Abyan province. The airstrike resembled earlier US drone
attacks, but the US did not comment.
2012 May 3, Tens of thousands
of Yemenis took to the streets to demand dismissal of members of the
country's former regime from top military posts. 8 al-Qaida
militants and three troops were killed in clashes in Zinjibar. 9
al-Qaida militants were killed in a battle when the militants tried
to re-enter Lawder after it was taken by the army with the help of
armed civilians and tribesmen.
(AFP, 5/3/12)(AP, 5/3/12)
2012 May 5, Yemeni airstrikes
killed five militants in the south as the country's president vowed
to intensify his campaign against al-Qaida militants.
2012 May 6, In eastern Yemen
al-Qaeda leader Fahd al-Quso, who was wanted in connection with the
2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was killed along with 2 bodyguards in
an air strike in Rafadh, Shabwa province.
2012 May 7, In Yemen al-Qaeda
gunmen launched spectacular attacks on two army posts outside
Zinjibar killing at least 22 soldiers, apparently to avenge the
death of a top militant in an air raid. 25 soldiers were taken
(AFP, 5/7/12)(SFC, 5/8/12, p.A2)
2012 May 9, In Yemen a girl
(13) was raped as she headed to a bakery. She was kidnapped and
taken into a car whose owner has been identified. She was brutally
raped by the suspects who then deformed her face using sharp tools.
Protesters later called for the arrest of 7 escaped suspects.
2012 May 10, In southern Yemen
US drone strikes overnight killed 8 Al-Qaeda militants gathered in a
house in Jaar, Abyan province.
2012 May 12, In Yemen US drones
killed 12 militants in two separate attacks east of the capital
Sanaa. Air strikes also hit Jaar, killing three Al-Qaeda gunmen and
a civilian, and wounding three civilians.
2012 May 13, Yemen forces
pressed with an assault to recapture the Al-Qaeda-held city of
Zinjibar, advancing on two fronts amid air cover in fighting that
killed six soldiers in two days. Six fighters of the Al-Qaeda-linked
Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law) were also killed in the attack on
Zinjibar. 42 people were reported killed in the southern region of
(AFP, 5/13/12)(SFC, 5/14/12, p.A2)
2012 May 14, Yemeni government
forces pounded al-Qaida fighters, killing at least 16 in Zinjibar
and Lawder, while six soldiers died in clashes with militants in
Lawder where the army is trying to uproot the terror group. An oil
pipeline in Marib province was blown up about 100 miles (160 km)
east of Sanaa.
2012 May 15, Yemeni military
officials said warplanes and troops backed by heavy artillery have
intensified the war against al-Qaida along at least four fronts in
the south. Officials said raids mistakenly killed eight civilians
and wounded 20 in Jaar and that six militants were captured in
Zinjibar while four soldiers died in fighting near Lawder town. At
least 44 people were killed in south Yemen including 25 Islamist
militants. Yemeni officials said for the first time that the
assaults were directly guided by American troops at a nearby
(AP, 5/15/12)(AFP, 5/15/12)
2012 May 16, In southern Yemen
clashes between government troops and al-Qaida fighters left 19
people dead including 13 militants. US troops, operating from a
desert air base near the main battle zones, helped to coordinate
assaults and airstrikes.
2012 May 18, In Yemen thousands
of protesters gathered in cities across the country to demand a
complete restructuring of the military including the sacking of
relatives of former Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh.
(SFC, 5/19/12, p.A2)
2012 May 19, Yemeni officials
said fresh clashes with al-Qaida fighters in the south have left at
least 34 people dead, while a suspected US drone strike killed two
2012 May 20, In Yemen fresh
clashes between al-Qaida fighters and government forces left 17
dead, as the army pushed on with an offensive to regain a key town
in the county's south that fell to the militants more than a year
ago. Militants in Hodeida pulled up in a vehicle and sprayed three
US Coast Guard trainers, wounding one with machinegun fire.
(AP, 5/20/12)(AP, 5/21/12)
2012 May 21, In Yemen a suicide
bombing at a military parade rehearsal in Sanaa killed 96 soldiers
and left some 200 wounded. The bombing appeared to be a failed
assassination attempt against Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen.
Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, who arrived at the city square for the parade
just minutes before the blast ripped through the area.
(AP, 5/21/12)(SFC, 5/22/12, p.A4)(AP, 7/24/12)
2012 May 23, Saudi Arabia said
it will give its impoverished neighbor Yemen aid worth $3.25 billion
and urging other nations to take similar steps.
2012 May 24, Yemeni troops
killed 35 Al-Qaeda militants in overnight battles in the restive
southern Abyan province as the army pressed ahead with a 13-day
offensive to retake extremist strongholds. 2 soldiers were killed
and at least six others were wounded in the battle to retake
2012 May 25, In north Yemen a
suicide attacker drove his bomb-laden vehicle into a post held by
Shiite Zaidi rebels In Al-Jawf province, killing 13 people,
including three children.
2012 May 26, In Yemen fighting
in Zinjibar and Jaar left 27 al-Qaida fighters and 7 soldiers dead.
A commander said the army is pushing militants out of the area.
2012 May 29, Yemen's army
pressed an offensive against southern towns held by al-Qaida-linked
fighters, with 11 militants and five soldiers killed in the clashes.
2012 May 30, In Yemen
government air and artillery strikes killed 20 al-Qaida-linked
militants over the last 24 hours in the south of the country.
(AFP, 5/30/12)(SFC, 5/31/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 4, In Yemen two
suicide bombers tried to hit army barracks and checkpoints to the
east of Zinjibar in an attempt to stop the military from advancing
in the south, killing four army-allied militiamen.
2012 Jun 5, Yemen's army
battled with al-Qaida in Zinjibar and nearby Qut in overnight
fighting that left at least 23 militants dead. Five Al-Qaeda
militants died in Abyan province when the car bomb they aimed to set
off exploded prematurely.
(AP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 6/5/12)
2012 Jun 6, In Yemen two
civilians were killed and a third was wounded when their car, rigged
by al-Qaida militants, exploded in the southern port city of Aden.
2012 Jun 7, In Yemen at least
23 al-Qaida-linked militants were killed in fighting in the
2012 Jun 11, Yemen military and
local officials said fierce clashes between troops and Al-Qaeda
militants in the southern province of Abyan have killed 28 people,
two of them soldiers.
2012 Jun 14, Yemeni forces
killed 15 Al-Qaeda fighters in a clash at a control station in
Shabwa province on the country's only gas export pipeline. At least
48 people, including 40 militants, were killed as the army moved to
take control of Shuqra, Abyan province. 9 people died from landmines
while returning to Zinjibar from where they had fled after the
militants seized it in May 2011.
(AFP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 6/23/12)
2012 Jun 15, Yemeni troops took
control of the city of Shuqra after Al-Qaeda militants pulled out,
the third jihadist bastion in the south to fall in the space of a
week. Advancing troops killed 27 militants in gun battles overnight.
Warplanes pounded militant hideouts in the mountains surrounding
Azan. In Aden police forcibly reopened the main entrance into the
Mansoura district, blocked off by the local militia since 2011, and
dismantled a year-old separatist protest camp, sparking fierce
(AFP, 6/15/12)(AP, 6/16/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)
2012 Jun 16, Yemeni military
officials said government troops have killed 17 al-Qaida militants
in the latest fighting in the south.
2012 Jun 18, In Yemen a suicide
bomber assassinated Maj. Gen. Salem Ali al-Quton (Qoton), the army
commander who led the fight against al-Qaida in the country's south.
(AP, 6/18/12)(AFP, 6/18/12)
2012 Jun 19, In Yemen 3
civilians were killed in Zinjibar by landmines planted by militants.
US General James N. Mattis, commander of US Central Command, met
with Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and senior military
officials and reaffirmed the US commitment to a strong partnership.
2012 Jun 20, In southern Yemen
renewed fighting left six al-Qaida fighters and three soldiers dead
as the government consolidated its recapture of militant
strongholds. Demining teams spotted an Egyptian militant but he
killed himself with a hand grenade before being arrested. Officials
also found the bodies of 7 militants, including 3 Egyptians, killed
in earlier fighting. Security forces killed local Al-Qaeda leader
Salah al-Jawhari and two other "suicide bombers who were preparing
to target military and security commanders in Bayda. Security forces
also arrested Majed al-Qulaisi, "a member of the (Al-Qaeda) cell
that planned" the deadly suicide attack that killed more than 100
troops at a military parade rehearsal in Sanaa last month. A
Tunisian, "one of Al-Qaeda's most dangerous foreign nationals in
Yemen," Nizar Abdel Rahman, was also arrested.
(AP, 6/20/12)(AFP, 6/20/12)
2012 Jun 21, A top US aid
official said the US plans to give Yemen $52 million in aid for
areas hit hard by the local war on al Qaeda.
(SFC, 6/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 23, Yemeni officials
said landmines planted in the southern province of Abyan by Al-Qaeda
militants before they were driven out from the area have killed at
least 35 people in the past 10 days.
2012 Jun 26, Yemeni officials
said land mines planted by al-Qaida militants before they fled from
key southern strongholds have killed 73 civilians over the past
week. A statement from the governor's office in Zinjibar said Jaar
residents discovered bodies of 20 militants and two soldiers killed
during last week's fighting. 5 Al-Qaida militants escaped from a
prison in the western province of Hodeida. 2 were recaptured on July
(AP, 6/26/12)(AP, 7/11/12)
2012 Jun 28, A Yemeni security
official said government forces have arrested a cell of Al-Qaeda
operatives suspected of carrying out a suicide bombing in Sanaa on
May 21 that killed more than 100 troops. On July 2 the government
said the arrests foiled 10 terrorist suicide bombings in Sanaa.
(AFP, 6/28/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)
2012 Jun 29, In Yemen 5 bodies
were found inside a well outside of Zinjibar.
2012 Jun 30, Yemeni officials
said six bodies were found today outside Zinjibar. Deaths from
landmines since Zinjibar fell to a military offensive two weeks ago
reached 81. Engineering teams have removed some 3,000 landmines from
2012 Jul 1, In Yemen a group of
children accidentally set off a shell with which they were playing,
killing one and wounding seven others in Jaar. Landmines laid by
al-Qaida fighters and unexploded shells in battlefields have so far
killed more than 85 soldiers and civilians around Zinjibar and
nearby Jaar since their recapture by the Yemeni army last month.
2012 Jul 3, A Yemeni official
said a suspected US drone strike in the south has killed Al-Qaida
militants Hussein Ruby and Fahd al-Horthy.
(SFC, 7/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 7, In Yemen 2
protesters were killed and one man was left "clinically dead" and
several people were shot and wounded, including three police, as a
separatist march in Aden turned into a gunbattle. In the town of
Seyun in Hadramawt province, one protester was killed and four
others were wounded.
(AFP, 7/7/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 9, In Yemen two
protesters were killed and a man was left "clinically dead" during
clashes in the Mansoura district of Aden which for months has been
controlled by southern separatists who have their own militia.
2012 Jul 11, In Yemen a suicide
bomber threw himself into a crowd of police cadets leaving their
academy in Sanaa and detonated his explosives, killing at least 6
people. A separatist from the southern movement was killed and four
other people were wounded, including two women, in clashes with
police in the port city of Aden.
(AP, 7/11/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)
2012 Jul 18, In Yemen an army
officer supporting former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in
Sanaa while leading an attack on the house of a general who defected
to the opposition last year. In southern Yemen armed tribesmen
ambushed a group of al-Qaida militants, killing two and wounding
2012 Jul 18, The families of
three US citizens killed in drone strikes in Yemen last year,
including Al-Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaqi, filed a civil lawsuit
against top US officials.
2012 Jul 19, In Yemen a bomb
hidden inside the car of Col. Abdullah al-Maouzaei, charged with
hunting down members of al-Qaida's Yemen branch, exploded and killed
him in Aden.
2012 Jul 20, Puntland security
forces of the semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia seized a
boat carrying weapons that were being smuggled from al-Qaida
militants in Yemen to fighters in Somalia.
2012 Jul 24, Yemeni warplanes
killed at least five al-Qaida-linked militants in overnight
airstrikes against hideouts in the southern Abyan province. The
Interior Ministry said that two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle
assassinated a security official in Mukalla, the provincial capital
of Hadramaout province, as he was heading home.
2012 Jul 30, Yemeni security
services arrested suspected Al-Qaeda leader, Abdulrahman al-Baihani,
wanted for plotting "terrorist' attacks in the capital.
2012 Jul 31, In Yemen a
firefight erupted between Yemeni security forces and gunmen, dressed
in police uniforms, who had been surrounding the headquarters of the
interior ministry. The gunmen, who were previously working
unofficially in Yemen's police department, had been surrounding the
ministry's headquarters in Al-Hasaba district of Sanaa since July
29, demanding that they be enrolled back into the impoverished
country's police force. The clashes that left at least 15 people
killed and 43 wounded.
(AFP, 7/31/12)(AP, 7/31/12)
2012 Aug 2, In Yemen al-Qaida
gunmen shot dead four soldiers in Jaar, one of the militants' former
2012 Aug 3, In Yemen explosions
in two marketplaces in different parts of the country killed six
2012 Aug 4, In south Yemen a
suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bombing in Jaar left 45 people dead. A
suspected US drone strike in the east late in the day and killed
five Al-Qaeda militants.
2012 Aug 6, Yemen's Pres. Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi issued a decree stripping the ex-president's son
of part of his military command, a measure seen as a step toward
reforming the armed forces. Two drones targeted Al-Qaeda positions
near Rada, in Bayda province.
(AP, 8/6/12)(AFP, 8/6/12)
2012 Aug 10, In Yemen a member
of Al-Qaeda was killed when he tried to escape from a jail
controlled by the Popular Resistance Committees in Zinjibar.
Militiamen searching a house in Jaar discovered a bomb-making
factory and seized a number of explosives belts. Two soldiers were
killed and three others hurt when gunmen ambushed their vehicle in a
desert region of the eastern province of Hadramawt.
2012 Aug 14, In Yemen troops
from the elite Republican Guard force, led by the son of ousted
president Saleh, attacked the headquarters of the defense ministry
in Sanaa. The clashes killed one attacker, two ministry guards and
2012 Aug 15, In Yemen gunmen
stormed a passenger plane after it landed in Aden, grabbed retired
Maj. Gen. Ahmed Abdullah al-Hassani, a former Yemeni navy commander
and opposition leader, from his seat and spirited him away to an
2012 Aug 16, Yemen's top
security committee said 62 officers and soldiers loyal to
ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh's son were charged with resisting
authorities and mutiny after trying to storm the Ministry of Defense
2 days earlier.
2012 Aug 18, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida militants attacked a government headquarters, killing 21
people in a bold attack in the country's main southern city of Aden.
(AFP, 8/18/12)(AFP, 8/19/12)
2012 Aug 19, A Yemeni security
official said a suicide bomber blew himself up in the country's
south, killing a leading member of a civilian militia that has
fought alongside government troops to drive out al-Qaida militants
from their southern strongholds.
2012 Aug 21, In Yemen suspected
Al-Qaeda militants blew up a pipeline pumping liquefied gas to the
southern Balhaf export terminal. The early morning attack caused a
complete halt in operations.
2012 Aug 31, In eastern Yemen a
suspected US drone airstrike hit a vehicle carrying suspected
militants traveling in Hadramawt, killing eight in the third such
strike this week. Khaled Batis, wanted in connection with the attack
on the Limburg off the coast of Yemen that killed one person, was
among five militants riding a vehicle struck by a drone.
(AP, 8/31/12)(AFP, 9/2/12)
2012 Aug, In Yemen 3 militants
were killed in a US drone strike. Sheik Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber,
who preached in his village of Khashamir on the evils of
al-Qaida, was also killed along with his cousin in the attack.
2012 Sep 2, In south Yemen
pro-government militias killed two suspected members of Al-Qaeda, a
Pakistani and a Somali, in a raid on their hideout.
2012 Sep 6, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people took to the streets after Friday prayers in the
capital Sanaa demanding the prosecution of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the
longtime autocratic leader who stepped down in February after a
2012 Sep 8, A Yemeni military
official said clashes in southern Yemen have killed five al-Qaida
militants and one pro-government tribal fighter in the past 24
2012 Sep 10, In Yemen a
powerful car bomb struck the defense minister's motorcade as he was
driving through the nation's capital, killing at least 13 people but
leaving the minister unharmed.
(AP, 9/11/12)(SFC, 9/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 13, In Yemen hundreds
of protesters, angered by an anti-Islam film, chanted "death to
America" and stormed the US Embassy compound in Sanaa and burned the
American flag. At least 5 Yemenis were killed as state security
repulsed the attack. Pres. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi apologized to
Pres. Barack Obama for the attack on the US Embassy.
(AP, 9/13/12)(SFC, 9/14/12,
2012 Sep 22, In northern Yemen
12 fighters were killed in ongoing clashes between Shiite tribesmen
allied with the country's former leader and ultraconservative
2012 Sep 24, In Yemen gunmen
killed a senior intelligence officer in a drive-by shooting as he
emerged from his office in the capital. Col. Abdullah al-Ashwal was
the most senior official to be assassinated in Sanaa.
2012 Sep 28, In Yemen thousands
of protesters marched in the capital, demanding the return of
millions of dollars that were allegedly stolen by the country's
former authoritarian ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
2012 Oct 2, In Yemen protesting
tribesmen blew main pylons cutting power to Sanaa. They were
protesting a death sentence against one of their members convicted
of belonging to al-Qaida and killing security agents.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 4, In Yemen a strike
by a suspected US drone hit two cars in which al-Qaida-linked
militants were traveling in Shabwa province, killing at least five
of them. Adel al-Abbab, ranking fourth in the network's leadership,
was among the dead.
(AP, 10/4/12)(AP, 10/22/12)
2012 Oct 8, Yemeni security
forces detained a US citizen suspected of having links to al-Qaida.
2012 Oct 9, Yemeni authorities
discovered three decapitated bodies that had been dumped in an
open-air market in the eastern province of Marib. Local media
reported that CDs found next to the bodies showed the men confessing
to being government informants against al-Qaida and placing tracking
devices on cars that became targets for US drone strikes. One of the
men said he worked for a tire repair shop and used to plant chips in
militants' vehicles while replacing their tires.
2012 Oct 11, In Yemen a masked
gunman assassinated a Yemeni security official who worked for the US
Embassy in a drive-by shooting near his home in Sanaa.
2012 Oct 15, In Yemen a
Russian-made MiG-21 jetfighter crashed immediately after takeoff
during a training mission, killing its pilot.
2012 Oct 16, In Yemen a gunman
on a motorcycle assassinated Gen. Khaled al-Hashim, a senior
intelligence officer, in Sanaa in a drive-by shooting. Al-Hashim was
one of a number of Iraqi military experts hired by Yemen after the
fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Security officials said a suicide
bomber has attacked a checkpoint manned by civilian fighters outside
a southern town, killing six.
2012 Oct 18, In southern Yemen
at least 3 suspected US drone strikes killed at least seven
al-Qaida-linked militants at gathering of militants at a farm
2012 Oct 19, In southern Yemen
suicide bombers wearing army fatigues stormed into an army barracks.
14 soldiers were killed and over 20 wounded in the dawn assault in
2012 Oct 25, In Yemen militants
assassinated two senior officers in drive-by shooting in Damar, 100
km south of Sanaa.
2012 Oct 28, In northern Yemen
a suspected US drone airstrike targeted al-Qaida militants in a
house in Saada province, killing 3 people, two of them said to be
Saudis. Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi national who fought in Afghanistan
and spent six years in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, was
wounded in the attack. On Jan 24 a security official said al-Shihri,
Al-Qaida's No. 2 in Yemen, had died from wounds suffered in the
(AP, 10/28/12)(AP, 1/24/13)
2012 Nov 7, A Yemeni
intelligence officer was assassinated in a drive-by shooting by
unidentified gunmen in the capital, Sanaa. An aircraft targeted a
vehicle outside of a village on the outskirts of Sanaa, killing two.
Officials said the airstrike killed Adnan al-Qadi, a militant
previously detained in relation to a US Embassy bombing in Sanaa in
2012 Nov 24, In Yemen four
Shiites were killed when unknown assailants fired a rocket-propelled
grenade into a gathering of worshippers observing the holy day of
2012 Nov 28, Gunmen in Yemen
opened fire on the car of a Saudi Arabian army officer working with
his embassy's military section, killing him and his Yemeni
2012 Nov 30, Yemen's Interior
Ministry said police have arrested Suleiman Hassan Mohammed Murshed
Awad, an al-Qaida leader and one of the country's most wanted
fugitives, in Zinjibar, Abyan province.
2012 Dec 4, Amnesty
International charged in a new report that Al-Qaida committed
"horrific" rights abuses during its 16 months in power in southern
2012 Dec 8, Eight Yemeni
soldiers, including a senior officer, were killed in an ambush by
militants while visiting a main oil pipeline that had been destroyed
in an earlier attack.
2012 Dec 11, In Yemen Brig.
Gen. Ahmed Ba Ramada, deputy head of intelligence for Hadramawt, was
killed by two unknown assailants on a motorbike.
2012 Dec 14, In Yemen 2
militants were killed in airstrikes in southern Abyan province. 4
militants died when the military shelled their positions in Marib
province, to the east of Sanaa.
2012 Dec 15, Yemen's military
prosecutors said a military tribunal has sentenced 93 soldiers and
officers of the elite Republican Guard to 3-7 years prison for
resisting authorities and mutiny for trying to occupy the Defense
Ministry in August.
2012 Dec 19, Yemen Pres. Abed
Rabu Mansour Hadi ordered a shakeup of the country’s Defense
Minsitry, removing the powerful son, relatives and aides of ousted
leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.
(SFC, 12/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 21, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands rallied across the country to support a military
shake-up this week that limited the powers held by loyalists of the
country's ousted leader, including his son.
2012 Dec 21, In Yemen Dominik
Neubauer of Austria was kidnapped along with a Finnish couple. In
February a video was posted in which he said his captors would kill
him in a week if a ransom demand was not met.
2012 Dec 24, In Yemen a US
drone airstrike killed two al-Qaida militants in on Radda in Bayda
province. 4 tribesmen were killed in Yemeni artillery strikes on
areas in the northeastern province of Marib, where they have been
accused of attacks on oil pipelines and power generating stations.
2012 Dec 25, In Yemen gunmen on
motorbikes shot dead two army officers in Sanaa. Clashes between the
military and tribal fighters loyal to al-Qaida in northeastern Marib
province killed three soldiers and 11 tribesmen over the last 24
2012 Dec 28, In Yemen an
airstrike killed two suspected al-Qaida militants, while tribesmen
with links to the group were believed to be behind an attack on an
oil pipeline elsewhere in the country.
2012 Dec 29, In southeastern
Yemen 2 gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed intelligence officer
Mutea Baqutian as he on his way to work in Mukalla. Security
officials said 3 al-Qaida militants were killed in a suspected US
drone strike on the outskirts of Radda in Bayda province.
2013 Jan 6, Yemen's state
security court sentenced five alleged al-Qaida militants to up to 10
years in prison for carrying out attacks against security forces and
supporting the group logistically in the southern province of Abyan
in 2011. The court ordered the release of six others who had already
spent about 18 months in detention.
2013 Jan 10, In Yemen Ali
Abdul-Salam, a prominent tribal chief, was killed in an ambush, an
apparent revenge attack by al-Qaida for his security links.
2013 Jan 16, In Yemen gunmen on
a motorcycle killed Col. Abdullah al-Mushki, the deputy police chief
of Damar, in a drive-by shooting south of the capital city of Sanaa.
2013 Jan 20, In Yemen an
explosion in the province of Bayda killed at least 13 suspected
al-Qaida militants. It went off in a house owned by a known al-Qaida
operative, Ahmed Abdullah Deif-Allah Al-Zahab, and appeared to be an
2013 Jan 21, In Yemen a US
drone airstrike on a car in Marib killed 3 suspected al-Qaida
militants and wounded 2 others.
(AP, 1/21/13)(SFC, 1/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 22, UN agencies and
international aid groups said Yemen's government and international
donors must allocate over $700 million to help ease a deepening
humanitarian crisis that includes widespread malnutrition in the
Arabian peninsula's poorest country.
2013 Jan 23, In Yemen a US
drone strike on a car outside the capital of Sanaa killed at least
seven suspected al-Qaida militants.
2013 Jan 28, In Yemen a car
bomb exploded next to a military checkpoint in Radda, where Yemeni
government forces waged their first offensive targeting al-Qaida
militants in the area. 11 soldiers were killed. The military
launched a wide offensive against al-Qaida in surrounding Bayda
province. The first day of shelling left 6 dead, 4 from
al-Qaida and 2 from the army.
2013 Jan 29, Attacks by Yemen's
air force killed at least 16 al-Qaida militants and wounded dozens
of others. Yemen’s military freed 13 soldiers captured by al-Qaida
the previous evening. State news Yemeni authorities have seized a
ship in the nation's territorial waters carrying explosives and
weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles. The US said the ship,
intercepted last week, came from Iran.
2013 Jan 31, In Yemen two days
of clashes in the south between al-Qaida militants and
pro-government fighters killed 14 on both sides.
2013 Feb 2, The Yemeni military
said it has wrested control of al-Maraksha in Abyan province from
al-Qaida fighters after three days of clashes that killed 17 people.
2013 Feb 7, A Yemeni military
official said an explosion at a military weapons depot in northern
Yemen has killed 10 civilians and 5 soldiers.
2013 Feb 19, A Yemeni military
plane crashed into a neighborhood in the country's capital, Sanaa,
killing at least nine people and injuring 18.
2013 Feb 21, In Yemen a
celebration marking the first anniversary of the country's
presidential election was interrupted by a shootout between
government forces and disgruntled members of a southern independence
movement. 4 southerners demonstrating for secession in Aden were
killed by security forces.
(AP, 2/21/13)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.51)
2013 Feb 28, In Yemen tens of
thousands held mass rallies in Sanaa and across the country calling
for the prosecution of ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is
under pressure to leave the country for allegedly hindering
2013 Mar 4, In Yemen a
suicide bomber blew up an explosives-filled vehicle at a
pro-government militia headquarters, killing 12 people and wounding
17 in Lawder, Abyan province.
2013 Mar 21, In Yemen clashes
in the south between al-Qaida and pro-government fighters killed
four on both sides.
2013 Apr 8, In Yemen 4 people,
two soldiers and two tribesmen, were killed in Marib when a group of
tribesmen attacked a military checkpoint in the area of Sarwah.
Armed tribesmen were suspected of being behind an attack on oil
pipelines and electricity pylons that led to a power outage in
Sanaa. Troops loyal to the former president killed three protesters
in Radda. Two soldiers from the Republican Guard, still led by
Saleh's son Ahmed, were also killed in clashes with protesters and
2013 Apr 10, Yemen's Pres. Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi removed his predecessor's son and nephews from
powerful security posts in the most dramatic step yet in sidelining
old regime figures.
2013 Apr 17, In Yemen 2 US
drone strikes killed at least five suspected al-Qaida militants and
destroyed the house of one of them in a mountainous area south of
2013 Apr 18, Yemenis in a
symbolic move began to dismantle protest tent camp in the capital,
Sanaa, and other cities across the country, declaring the end of
2013 Apr 21, In Yemen a
US drone strike killed two suspected al-Qaida militants east of
Sanaa. A few hours later al-Qaida fighters attacked a military
checkpoint in the same area, killing two soldiers. A militant was
killed in the shootout.
2013 Apr 23, A Yemeni court
sentenced 11 al-Qaida militants to up to 10 years in prison for
forming armed gangs to destabilize the country and planning attacks
on foreign embassies as well as army and security forces.
2013 Apr 27, In Yemen tens of
thousands rallied across the south to mark the 19th anniversary of
the start of the country's brief, but bloody civil war. The
protesters demanded independence from the north. 5 soldiers and 2
al-Qaida militants were killed in fighting in the central town of
Radda. Col. Ahmed Abdel-Razaq, the intelligence chief in Mukalla,
was gunned down in a drive-by shooting.
2013 May 6, Yemeni tribal
gunmen kidnapped two Egyptian technicians working in a cement
factory in the south.
2013 May 8, In Yemen suspected
militants shot and killed three senior air force pilots in Dubba, an
area about 10 km (six miles) outside Al-Annad base in the southern
province of Lahj.
2013 May 9, Yemen’s President
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi warned that the al-Qaida branch in the
country was expanding and using assassinations and abductions of
foreigners as a way to challenge the central authority.
2013 May 13, A Yemeni military
plane on a training exercise exploded in midair over the country's
capital, killing the pilot and slamming into a residential
neighborhood in Sanaa.
2013 May 18, In Yemen a
suspected US drone strike killed four al-Qaida militants in Abyan
province, an area once overrun by the group.
2013 May 20, In Yemen a
suspected US drone killed two alleged al-Qaida militants riding a
motorbike outside Radda in Bayda province.
2013 May 21, Saudi Arabia
executed five Yemenis convicted of crimes and displayed their bodies
in public as a deterrent for future criminals. A sixth man, a Saudi,
was executed for murder.
2013 May 24, In Yemen al-Qaida
gunmen attacked a military position in al-Bayda province. The
fighting that left 3 militants and 2 soldiers dead.
2013 May 25, In Yemen two
soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Shar, Hadramawt province.
2013 May 27, In Yemen gunmen in
Taiz abducted South African citizens, Pierre Korkie (56) and his
wife. Police said lawmaker Abdel-Hamid el-Batra was behind the
kidnapping to pressure the government to hand over a disputed piece
(AP, 5/27/13)(AP, 1/18/14)
2013 Jun 1, In Yemen suspected
US drone strikes killed 7 suspected al-Qaida militants in the
group's southern stronghold of Abyan. Two gunmen on a motorbike shot
and killed Colonel Yahya al-Umaysi, the commander of an air base in
Sayoun city, Hadramawt province.
2013 Jun 5, Yemeni military
troops, backed by tanks and warplanes, launched a major offensive in
Hadramawt province to rout al-Qaida militants from the area.
2013 Jun 8, In Yemen Judith
Spiegel, a Dutch journalist, was kidnapped along with her partner
Boudewijn Berendsen. Both were reported released on Dec 10.
2013 Jun 9, In Yemen 13 Shiite
protesters were killed in clashes with police. The protesters were
demanding the release of political detainees, and attempted to storm
intelligence headquarters in Sanaa.
2013 Jun 11, A Yemeni
government statement said attacks on power lines have caused a
widespread blackout that has left several provinces and the
country's capital without electricity for two days.
2013 Jun 13, In Yemeni
thousands protested in the capital against "excesses" by security
forces, calling for the overthrow of the president and national
2013 Jun 15, Yemeni police
confirmed the kidnapping of Judith Spiegel, a Dutch journalist,
along with her partner Boudewijn Berendsen, earlier this month. In
July the couple appealed for help, saying their captors have
threatened to kill them in days unless the Dutch government meets
2013 Jun 17, Yemeni and
American rights protesters staged a demonstration in front of the US
Embassy in Sanaa, demanding release of Yemeni Guantanamo detainees.
2013 Jul 6, In Yemen a roadside
bomb in Sanaa killed 3 soldiers and injured two others during a
2013 Jul 8, In Yemen army
commander Colonel Ahmed Mohammed al-Suhaili was shot dead as he was
leaving home for work in Hadramout province.
2013 Jul 11, Oman police said
they have seized 30,393 pistols aboard a tanker. Dubai-based
newspaper Gulf News said the ship came from Turkey and was bound for
Yemen. 9 Omanis were arrested in connection with the alleged
shipment of pistols discovered in Sohar.
2013 Jul 13, In Yemen gunmen
killed two soldiers and wounded three in an ambush in Marib province
where the military is battling al-Qaida.
2013 Jul 16, Yemeni security
officials said militants have shot dead a man (20) suspected of
being gay. Saudi-born Saeed al-Shihri, a former Guantanamo Bay
prisoner and No. 2 figure of AQAP, was killed in a US drone strike.
(SFC, 7/17/13, p.A2)(Econ, 9/28/13, p.23)
2013 Jul 17, The Yemen-based
branch of al-Qaida confirmed that Saudi-born Saeed al-Shihri, the
group's No. 2 figure and former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, was killed
in a US drone strike. He had twice before been reported dead but the
terror group later denied those reports.
2013 Jul 21, In Yemen armed men
seized an employee of the Iranian embassy in Sanaa. Diplomat Nour
Ahmad Nikbakht was freed by Iranian special operatives in March,
(Reuters, 7/21/13)(AP, 3/5/15)
2013 Jul 23, Yemen's president
pardoned journalist Abdelela Shayie, who was jailed for three years
on charges of helping al-Qaida and US born militant cleric Anwar
2013 Jul 27, In southern Yemen
rockets fired from unmanned aircraft killed at least four suspected
2013 Jul 30, In Yemen a
suspected US drone strike killed 3 alleged al-Qaida militants in one
of the group's strongholds in the town of Saeed in Shabwa province.
2013 Aug 1, In east Yemen at
least 3 suspected al Qaeda militants were killed by missiles fired
from an unmanned aircraft, the third such strike in under a week.
2013 Aug 2, In Yemen clashes
erupted in Sanaa when a group of soldiers, who had joined a mutiny,
tried to storm the presidential palace. One of the mutinied troops
was killed and six were wounded in the fighting.
2013 Aug 3, In Yemen tribesmen
blew up the main oil export pipeline late today, halting the flow of
2013 Aug 4, Yemen's Nobel Peace
Prize winner Tawakkul Karman was denied entry into Egypt after she
landed at Cairo airport. She has stated her opposition to the
military coup that ousted fellow Islamist Mohammed Morsi on July 3
and was sent back on a flight that brought her to Cairo from the
United Arab Emirates.
2013 Aug 5, Yemeni authorities
issued a statement listing 25 "most wanted terrorists" it said were
planning to carry out attacks in the country during the Muslim Eid
al-Fitr holiday this week.
2013 Aug 6, In Yemen a
suspected US drone killed 4 alleged al-Qaida members. "Due to the
continued potential for terrorist attacks," the US State Department
ordered non-essential personnel at the US Embassy to leave the
country. A Yemeni military helicopter was shot down by a missile
over the al-Qaida stronghold of Wadi Ubida. At least 8 people were
killed, including a military commander, all part of a military force
guarding oil installations in the province.
(AP, 8/6/13)(Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013 Aug 7, In southern Yemen a
US drone killed 7 suspected al Qaeda militants, a day after US and
British embassies evacuated some staff because of growing fears of
2013 Aug 8, In Yemen three
suspected US drones 12 alleged al-Qaida militants, 6 in Marib
province and 6 in Hadramawt province.
2013 Aug 9, Senior Yemeni
officials said at least 7 suspected militants from Saudi Arabia were
among the alleged al-Qaida members killed in Yemen in a recent wave
of US drone strikes.
2013 Aug 10, In southern Yemen
a suspected US drone strike killed 2 alleged al-Qaida militants in
Lahj province, making it the 9th such strike in just two weeks. Two
other militants were wounded in the strike.
2013 Aug 11, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida gunmen killed 4 soldiers in an attack on forces guarding
the country's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal
in the Radhum area of Shabwa province.
2013 Aug 13, Yemen’s military
said Al-Qaida militants have killed 3 soldiers in the southwest
during what the military said was an attempt to capture Hawtah, the
capital of Lahj province.
2013 Aug 17, In southern Yemen
local officials said at least 27 people have died and more than 41
left missing after a wedding party was swept away while driving
across a valley flooded by monsoon rains.
2013 Aug 21, Yemen’s government
apologized to southern seccessionists over the 1994 civil war begun
against them by the previous president, in hopes of bringing them
back to talks on the future of the country. Assailants shot dead the
intelligence chief of the southern city of Aden and his nephew.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)(Reuters, 8/21/13)
2013 Aug 23, In eastern Yemen a
suicide bombing killed 2 soldiers and wounded six others. Al-Qaeda
militants were blamed for the attack.
2013 Aug 25, In Yemen a bomb
tore through the side of a bus carrying air force personnel to their
base in Sanaa, killing at least one officer and wounding several
2013 Aug 29, In Yemen suspected
Al-Qaeda gunmen in Huta shot dead Salem Ahmed Hasan (29) because
they believed he was a homosexual.
2013 Aug 30, In Yemen a US
drone strike killed Al-Qaeda leader Qaeed al-Dhahab and at least two
other men. Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed an intelligence
officer following the drone attack.
(AFP, 8/30/13)(AFP, 8/31/13)
2013 Sep 1, In Yemen thousands
of protesters held a protest in the southern city of Aden to renew
calls for independence from the north and reject the Sanaa
government's apology for a 1994 civil war.
2013 Sep 3, In Yemen 6
suspected al-Qaida militants and 2 citizens fighting them were
killed in separate clashes between members of the terror group and
armed residents who repelled attempts to retake their communities in
Yafaa and Lawder in southern Lahj and Abyan province.
2013 Sep 7, In Yemen a
suspected Islamist militant was killed when a bomb he was trying to
plant in the car of an intelligence officer in Sanaa exploded in his
2013 Sep 9, Yemen tribal
sources and an official said at least 42 people have been killed in
10 days of clashes Sunni Islamists and Shiite rebels.
2013 Sep 11, Yemen's president
ordered the reinstatement of hundreds of senior army and
intelligence officers sacked after a 1994 civil war, to hasten
reconciliation talks aimed at ending years of political turmoil.
2013 Sep 12, The UN urged the
international community, especially Gulf states, to increase aid to
impoverished Yemen, saying that more than 10 million people in the
country go hungry.
2013 Sep 14, Yemeni tribesmen
bombed the main oil pipeline in the central Maarib province, the
fourth attack on the pipeline in a month.
2013 Sep 15, A Yemeni court
sentenced three al Qaeda members to jail for plotting to kill
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and target foreign diplomats,
including the US ambassador to Sanaa.
2013 Sep 19, In Yemen large
parts of the country, including the capital Sanaa, were left without
electricity after tribesmen attacked power lines in Marib province.
2013 Sep 20, In Yemen suspected
al Qaeda militants killed at least 54 soldiers and policemen in two
attacks in the south of the country. Officials believed members of
al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were behind both attacks.
2013 Sep 22, In Yemen 7 people
were killed in clashes between tribal gunmen and suspected al Qaeda
fighters in Marib province.
2013 Sep 23, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida militants assassinated air force Col. Abdel-Wahab Azzan in
a drive-by shooting in Sanaa.
2013 Sep 24, In Yemen a lone
attacker on a motorcycle gunned down Col. Ali al-Deilami, head of
finance at the city's military hospital, while he was on his way to
work in Sanaa.
2013 Sep 25, A Yemeni
lieutenant colonel was killed by a bomb planted in his car in
al-Atiq, the capital of Shabwa province.
2013 Sep 30, In southeast Yemen
suspected al Qaeda militants disguised as security personnel seized
an army base, killing at least 3 soldiers. Special forces were on
their way to try to retake the base.
2013 Oct 1, In Yemen al-Qaeda
gunmen were still holding hostages at an army headquarters in
Mukalla, a day after the army was said to have recaptured the
2013 Oct 2, A Yemeni court
jailed five Al-Qaeda militants for up to 10 years for plotting a
suicide bombing that killed 86 soldiers and wounded 171 others last
year. Yemeni forces announced they had retaken control of army
headquarters in Mukalla, killing the Al-Qaeda gunmen holed up there.
At least 10 people including 3 soldiers were killed in the
(AFP, 10/2/13)(AFP, 10/3/13)
2013 Oct 6, In Yemen gunmen
shot dead a German security guard employed by the German embassy as
he was leaving a market in Sanaa.
2013 Oct 11, In southern Yemen
a suspected al Qaeda militant blew himself up in a market in Lahj
province, killing himself and wounding 4. Security officials said
militants on a motorcycle have shot and killed an army colonel in
the eastern town of Mukalla.
(Reuters, 10/11/13)(AP, 10/11/13)
2013 Oct 12, In Yemen thousands
of separatists demanding secession took to the streets of Aden to
mark the anniversary in 1967 of the independence of former South
2013 Oct 13, In Yemen Faisal
al-Mikhlafi, a college professor and brother of a prominent tribal
leader, was gunned down in Taiz.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.53)
2013 Oct 15, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida militants killed 2 security guards and wounded four others
in a drive-by shooting in Lahj province.
2013 Oct 18, In southern Yemen
a suicide bomber killed at least 5 soldiers in a suspected Islamist
militant attack on a military base. Two gunmen on a motorcycle fired
at Col. Mohammed Abdullah al-Habshi's car in Sayoun, Hadramawt
province. The driver died instantly and the colonel died three hours
later in hospital.
(Reuters, 10/18/13)(AP, 10/19/13)
2013 Oct 23, Yemeni police said
a father has burned his 15-year-old daughter to death for keeping in
touch with her fiance, sparking further outrage after an eight-year
girl died from internal bleeding on her wedding night a month ago.
2013 Oct 30, In Yemen at least
4 people were killed when a rocket hit a mosque in the
Salafi-controlled northern town of Damaj.
2013 Oct 31, In northern Yemen
the death toll from a Houthi Shi'ite attack on a mountain town held
by their Salafi Sunni Muslim rivals rose to 24 as the two sides
fought for a second day in Damaj. Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen shot
dead two soldiers and a civilian in an attack on an army checkpoint
in the southern province of Abyan.
(Reuters, 10/31/13)(AFP, 10/31/13)
2013 Nov 1, In Yemen Shi'ite
Muslim Houthi rebels backed by tanks launched a fresh attack Damaj,
a town held by their Sunni Muslim Salafi rivals, bringing the total
death toll in three days of sectarian clashes to 40.
2013 Nov 2, In northern Yemen
Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels pressed their offensive against Damaj
held by their Sunni Muslim Salafi rivals, bringing the total death
toll in four days of sectarian clashes to 55.
2013 Nov 3, In northern Yemen
at least 3 people were killed in fighting between rival Muslim
clans, bringing the death toll from five days of clashes to 58 as
the government tried to broker a ceasefire.
2013 Nov 4, Yemeni Shi'ite and
Sunni Muslims fighters agreed to a ceasefire after days of clashes
in Damaj killed at least 100 people. Saboteurs blew up an oil
pipeline in southern Yemen that pumps crude oil to an export
terminal on the Gulf of Aden.
(Reuters, 11/4/13)(AFP, 11/4/13)
2013 Nov 5, In northern Yemen
sectarian fighting reignited between Shiite Huthi rebels and Sunni
Islamists, shortly after a ceasefire allowed the evacuation of the
2013 Nov 7, In southern Yemen 5
suspected al Qaeda fighters were killed by two drone strikes in
2013 Nov 12, Yemen convicted
nine men for arms smuggling after their ship was intercepted in the
country's territorial waters in January, sentencing them with up to
10 years in prison for smuggling Iranian-made weapons. Ringleader,
identified as Hameed Dahash, was tried in absentia and sentenced to
2013 Nov 15, Yemeni President
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said China will build power plants in Yemen
with total output capacity of 5,000 megawatts and expand the Arab
country's main container ports.
2013 Nov 17, In northern Yemen
3 people were killed when Shi'ite Houthi rebels shelled a school in
Damaj where sectarian fighting has killed more than 100 people.
2013 Nov 19, In Yemen a
suspected US airstrike killed 3 alleged al-Qaida militants in
Hadramawt province. Two men from Australia and New Zealand were also
killed in the strike.
(AP, 11/19/13)(AP, 4/15/14)
2013 Nov 22, In Yemen MP Abdel
Karim Jadban, who represented Zaidi Shiite rebels known as Huthis at
a national dialogue, was assassinated in Sanaa.
2013 Nov 24, In Yemen Huda
al-Niran (22), a young Saudi woman, urged a court to let her stay in
Yemen and marry the man she loves, defying norms in both deeply
conservative countries. On Nov 26 a Yemeni judge decided to release
Niran into the custody of the UNHCR for a period of three months
during which she should be able to obtain the refugee status.
2013 Nov 26, In Yemen unknown
gunmen killed a foreign military expert and wounded his colleague in
a drive-by shooting in Sanaa. The two were Belarussian citizens who
were working "on private contract."
2013 Nov 30, In Yemen thousands
demonstrated in Aden to demand a return to independence a day after
President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi said only autonomy was on the table.
2013 Dec 1, In Yemen Al-Qaeda
suspects on a bike shot dead an army colonel and his son when he
stopped his car at a roundabout in al-Qatan. Yemen began enforcing a
temporary ban on motorbikes in the capital to prevent "shoot and
(Reuters, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/2/13)
2013 Dec 2, In southern Yemen
suspected al-Qaida militants attacked a military checkpoint in
Hadramawt province sparking a clash that left 3 militants and 2
2013 Dec 5, In Yemen a suicide
bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at the Defense Ministry in
Sanaa, killing 18 soldiers and wounding at least 40. Officials said
11 gunmen also were killed in a firefight between troops and a
carload of attackers who arrived after the blast. Gunmen shot and
killed a Western doctor and a Filipina nurse in front of their
colleagues in a hospital inside the compound of the defense
ministry. Most of the attackers were Saudi nationals. Yemen’s branch
of al-Qaida took responsibility and on Dec 21 apologized for the
attack on the hospital that killed 52 people.
(Reuters, 12/5/13)(Reuters, 12/6/13)(SFC,
12/7/13, p.A4)(AP, 12/22/13)
2013 Dec 8, In Yemen gunmen in
car ambushes shot dead the head of security of the presidential
palace in Taiz, Brigadier General Saddam Hussein al-Dhahri. In a
separate incident Police Colonel Abdullah Gaithallah was similarly
killed in the southern province of al-Baida.
2013 Dec 12, In Yemen a drone
strike on a wedding convoy in Radda killed 17 people, mostly
civilians. Two of the dead, Saleh al-Tays and Abdullah al-Tays, had
figured in the past on Yemeni government lists of wanted Al-Qaeda
suspects. On Feb 20, 2014, a Human Rights Watch report listed the
names and ages of 12 men who witnesses said were killed by four
(AFP, 12/13/13)(AP, 2/20/14)
2013 Dec 15, Yemen's
parliament, dominated by the party of ousted president Ali Abdullah
Saleh and the Islamist Islah party, voted in favor of halting US
drone attacks. Experts say lawmakers have limited powers and their
vote is unlikely to impact Washington's bid to crush Al-Qaeda
2013 Dec 15, In Yemen
assailants stabbed a Japanese diplomat five times after dragging him
from his car in Sanaa.
2013 Dec 20, In northern Yemen
9 people were killed in ongoing sectarian fighting between Shiite
Huthi rebels and Sunni Islamists backed by local tribes.
2013 Dec 21, In southern Yemen
several cities were virtually paralyzed by a second day of
confrontations between militants and security forces in which 11
people were wounded. Fighting raged in the north as the Sunni
Islamist Al-Islah party accused Zaidi Shiite rebels known as Huthis
of abducting one of its members. In the eastern province of Marib
saboteurs blew up two sections of an oil pipeline.
2013 Dec 23, Yemeni political
parties signed a document pledging a "just solution" that would
grant some autonomy to the south in the face of secessionist
2013 Dec 26, In eastern Yemen
tribesmen seized an oil ministry building in Hadramout province and
exchanged gunfire with a pro-government tribe seeking to regain
control of the premises.
2013 Dec 27, In Yemen an army
tank shelled a funeral tent erected by the Southern Movement at a
school in Sanah, Daleh province, killing 19 people, including 4
(AFP, 12/27/13)(AFP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, Yemeni tribesmen
blew up a pipeline in the eastern Hadramout province, disrupting oil
flow two days after they seized an oil ministry building in the
2013 Dec 29, In Yemen a Sanaa
court sentenced to death Ahmad Kadiri Ahmad Turki, a Yemeni Al-Qaeda
suspect, for his role in a deadly attack on a security headquarters
in Aden in 2011.
2013 Dec 30, In southern Yemen
5 soldiers and 3 militants were killed during an attack on an army
position in which the assailants also abducted four troops.
2013 Dec 31, In southern Yemen
armed men including a suicide bomber tried to storm police
headquarters in Aden. Two guards were killed and at least 6 people
wounded. Two suspects were arrested.
(Reuters, 12/31/13)(AP, 12/31/13)
2014 Jan 4, In Yemen renewed
clashes in the north between rebels belonging to a Shiite-branch of
Islam and ultraconservative Salafis backed by allying tribes killed
2014 Jan 5, In northern Yemen
at least 10 people were killed in a 2nd day of clashes between
Shiite rebels and Sunni tribesmen fighting alongside hardline
Salafists. In Hadramawt province a tribesman was killed at an army
(AFP, 1/5/14)(AFP, 1/6/14)
2014 Jan 6, In Yemen tribesmen
in Hadramawt province blew up a major oil pipeline in retaliation
for the killing by the army of one of their men.
2014 Jan 7, In eastern Yemen
tribesmen Hadramawt province blew up an oil pipeline for the second
time in two days, disrupting an important source of revenue for the
impoverished state. Gunmen shot dead an army colonel and a car bomb
injured a senior intelligence officer in Aden.
2014 Jan 8, In Yemen 2
suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a US drone strike in the
southeastern province of Hadramout.
2014 Jan 11, Fighting in north
Yemen between Shi'ite Muslim Houthis and Sunni Salafis stopped as a
ceasefire deal took effect, according to a presidential committee
trying to help end the conflict. In the south armed tribesmen
attacked troops assigned to guard oil wells near a facility operated
by Norway’s DNO. 2 soldiers were killed.
(Reuters, 1/11/14)(Reuters, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 12, Yemeni tribesmen
tried to overrun an army camp on the outskirts of al-Shihr,
Hadramout province, killing 4 soldiers.
2014 Jan 15, A Yemeni farmer
was killed in a US drone strike in what witnesses said was an attack
apparently intended for suspected Islamist militants in southeastern
2014 Jan 16, In central Yemen
suspected al-Qaida militants attacked a military camp on the
outskirts of Radda, sparking heavy clashes that killed at least 5
2014 Jan 17, In Yemen clashes
between armed militants and the army killed three militants in the
southern city of al-Dalea (Daleh). 2 soldiers were killed in the
fighting. A shell slammed into the home of Yassin Said in Daleh,
wounding him seriously and killing his wife and their three- and
five-year-old daughters. Gunmen in the south shot dead an army
intelligence office and two soldiers.
(Reuters, 1/17/14)(AFP, 1/17/14)(AFP, 1/18/14)
2014 Jan 18, In Yemen Ali
Asghar Asadi, Iran's economic attaché in Sanaa, was killed in a
drive-by shooting. A military intelligence officer was killed in a
drive-by shooting by gunmen who fled on a motorbike in Huta. In
Al-Milah armed men ambushed an army vehicle and shot dead 2
(AP, 1/18/14)(AFP, 1/18/14)
2014 Jan 19, In Yemen
unidentified gunman shot and killed Police Director Abd el-Wali
el-Turkmi in the southwest city of Taiz.
2014 Jan 20, In northern Yemen
at least 12 people were killed overnight after Sunni Muslim
tribesmen fought with a Shi'ite group which was trying to capture a
2014 Jan 21, In Yemen
unidentified gunmen assassinated the top envoy of a northern rebel
movement in Sanaa. The son of powerful Islamist Al-Islah (Reform)
party's secretary general was badly injured when his father's car
exploded in Sanaa. In the north a day of clashes between Shiite
rebels and gunmen from the powerful Hashid tribe left 20 people
(AP, 1/21/14)(AFP, 1/21/14)(AFP, 1/22/14)
2014 Jan 23, In Yemen 3
suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in Maarib province in what
local officials and tribal sources said was a strike by a US drone.
2014 Jan 25, Yemen's feuding
factions wrapped up months of national dialogue aimed at drafting a
new constitution and establishing a federal state in a country where
southerners were clamoring for independence.
2014 Jan 25, An Iranian embassy
official who was kidnapped in Sanaa in July was found beheaded in
Naarib province, central Yemen.
2014 Jan 26, In eastern Yemen
Lt. Colonel Ahmed Amir al-Mahthouthi, a senior officer in the
investigative branch of state security, was shot outside his home in
2014 Jan 30, A Yemeni cargo
ship ran aground and sank off the coast of Yemen killing all 12
2014 Jan 31, In southern Yemen
suspected al-Qaida militants launched a surprise attack on an army
checkpoint in Shibam, Hadramawt province, killing 15 soldiers and
wounding five others.
2014 Feb 1, In Yemen a battle,
that began a day earlier, between Shiite and Sunni tribesman over
land in the northwest left more than 65 dead. Armed tribesmen bombed
Yemen's main oil pipeline, halting crude flow to the country's main
export terminal less than a month after it was repaired.
(AP, 2/1/14)(Reuters, 2/1/14)
2014 Feb 2, Yemen tribal
sources said Shi'ite rebels have overrun strongholds of a rival
Sunni tribal group in fighting that has killed at least 40 people in
the north in the last two days.
2014 Feb 2, Yemeni tribesmen
said they had kidnapped a German man to press their government to
free jailed relatives.
2014 Feb 3, In Yemen gunmen
abducted a Westerner identified by a police source as a British oil
worker in Sanaa.
2014 Feb 4, In northern Yemen
Shi'ite Muslim rebels and Sunni tribesmen agreed a local ceasefire
after clashes between the rivals killed about 60 people there last
2014 Feb 6, In Yemen government
mediator Abdulqader Hilal announced his resignation via Facebook.
Hilal, tasked by President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi with ending the
fighting between Huthi rebels and tribesmen, has accused Ansarullah
(Sunni Islamists) of failing to respect the terms of a truce agreed
2014 Feb 7, In Yemen Fresh
clashes between Shiite rebels and tribesmen backed by Sunni
Islamists erupted near Sanaa.
2014 Feb 9, In Yemen Shiite
rebels and Yemeni tribesmen agreed a ceasefire after deadly clashes
between the two sides in the Arhab district near Sanaa. A bomb
planted in the car of a Yemeni intelligence colonel exploded near
the oil ministry, killing the officer and wounding 3 people.
2014 Feb 10, Yemen's president
and main parties agreed to transform the unrest-riven country into a
six-region federation as part of a political transition. The move
was immediately rejected by some southerners who insist on a
(AFP, 2/10/14)(Reuters, 2/10/14)
2014 Feb 11, In Yemen northern
Shiite rebels and a faction demanding southern autonomy rejected a
six-region federation plan for Yemen, agreed by parties during the
"national dialogue" aimed at securing the country's political
2014 Feb 11, In Yemen a British
teacher was abducted on his way from an educational institute in
Sanaa and reportedly taken to Marib.
2014 Feb 13, In Yemen 29 people
convicted "of various terrorist and criminal charges" escaped a
Sanaa prison when a blast breached the facility's outer wall.
2014 Feb 13, Saudi Arabia said
Yemen has handed over 29 Saudis wanted for suspected links to
2014 Feb 14, Yemeni military
and security officials says that the death toll from a prison break
in Sanaa has reached 10, and that al-Qaida received help from inside
the prison to facilitate the escape of 29 inmates.
2014 Feb 18, In Yemen
secessionist rebels attacked an army truck carrying food to a unit
in the southern Dali province, killing 7 soldiers and wounding nine.
14 soldiers were captured. An opposition leader said the clashes
were prompted by the army's 33rd brigade random shelling of three
districts in Dali that destroyed five houses and killed six people
including a child.
2014 Feb 20, Yemen police
opened fire on a protest march on Khor Maksar late today, killing
one demonstrator and wounding 12 others.
2014 Feb 21, Yemeni forces shot
dead one protester and wounded 16 others as secessionists in the
southern city of Aden defied a ban on protests.
2014 Feb 26, The UN Security
Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing sanctions
against individuals and organizations threatening peace, security or
stability in Yemen.
2014 Feb 28, In northern Yemen
at least 13 people died when Shi'ite Muslim fighters clashed with
security forces. The violence erupted after members of the Houthi
group staged a protest in al Hazm.
2014 Mar 2, In central Yemen
gunmen ambushed a colonel in the security forces, killing him and
wounding his guard. Armed tribesmen clashed with security forces on
the southern edge of Sanaa, leaving two gunmen dead and three
2014 Mar 2, In Saudi Arabia a
foreign detainee died and nine others were injured in a riot at a
center housing people awaiting deportation. Yemeni online forums
reported that 10 Yemenis were killed when police opened fire on
rioters demanding that Saudi authorities speed up their deportation.
2014 Mar 3, In southern Yemen
assailants killed 5 soldiers in an ambush in Shabwa province.
2014 Mar 5, In Yemen an
American drone attack killed local al-Qaida leader Ali Saleh Juraim
and two others while they were traveling by car in the northwest
province of al-Jawf.
2014 Mar 8, In southern Yemen
at least 2 soldiers and a militant were killed in a clash when
militants tried to attack a military compound in Lawdar town.
2014 Mar 9, Yemeni sources said
at least 40 people have been killed in three days of fighting
between Shi'ite Muslim rebels and Sunni tribesmen.
2014 Mar 13, In Yemen 6 Shiite
rebels and 2 soldiers were killed in a firefight near Sanaa. Eight
of the Huthi rebels, also known as Ansarullah (Partisans of God),
were wounded in the clash in Qaratel.
2014 Mar 18, In Tuban, south
Yemen, a suicide car bombing at a military intelligence headquarters
killed one person and wounded a dozen others.
2014 Mar 22, Yemeni tribesmen
bombed Yemen's main crude export pipeline, forcing oil flows to be
stopped. In the north 12 people were reported killed in clashes
between government forces and Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the
northern city of Amran.
(Reuters, 3/22/14)(AFP, 3/22/14)
2014 Mar 24, In Yemen gunmen
killed 20 soldiers in a dawn attack on a checkpoint in the eastern
province of Hadramawt, most of them in their sleep, in the latest in
a wave of deadly violence blamed on Al-Qaeda.
2014 Mar 28, In southern Yemen
2 al-Qaeda militants and a soldier were killed in a raid by security
forces on a residential building in Dalea.
2014 Apr 1, In western Yemen
clashes left dead 3 soldiers and 2 al-Qaida militants.
2014 Apr 2, In Yemen al-Qaeda
attacked an army headquarters in a heavily patrolled district of
Aden, leaving 11 people dead, including three attackers, despite
recent government measures to improve security.
2014 Apr 8, In southeastern
Yemen suspected militants killed 5 soldiers guarding a checkpoint. A
leader of a Shi'ite Muslim party was wounded in a drive-by shooting
in the capital Sanaa in which two guards died.
2014 Apr 9, Two Saudi border
guards were killed by unidentified gunmen who fired shots from
2014 Apr 12, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida militants ambushed special forces troops, killing two
soldiers and wounding five others. Two suspected al-Qaida militants
on a motorcycle shot a security man in Sanaa, killing him instantly
and taking his weapon before fleeing the scene.
2014 Apr 14, In Yemen suspected
smugglers shot dead a Saudi Arabian border guard and wounded another
in the early hours today, in what would be the second such incident
in five days. Saudi troops seized 14 guns left behind by the
smugglers at the site of the clash.
(Reuters, 4/14/14)(AFP, 4/15/14)
2014 Apr 15, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida militants assassinated Hussein Dayan, the deputy governor
of southern al-Bayda province.
2014 Apr 19, In Yemen an
American drone strike killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and 3 civilians in
central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group.
2014 Apr 20, A drone strike in
south Yemen killed at least 30 suspected Al-Qaeda militants.
2014 Apr 21, In southern Yemen
3 militants, one of whom may have been a senior commander, were
killed in a drone strike. Fares al-Suwaydi, who worked in security
at Sanaa airport, was shot dead in front of the terminal by gunmen
on a motorbike. An intelligence officer died of wounds he sustained
in an attack that killed a colleague earlier today.
(AFP, 4/21/14)(AP, 4/22/14)
2014 Apr 22, In Yemen Colonel
Abdul Razak al-Jabali was shot dead becoming the fourth officer to
be killed in suspected militant attacks in Sanaa in two days. A
state security court sentenced Sami Dayan, an Al-Qaeda militant, to
15 years in prison after convicting him of taking part in plotting
to kill an army commander in south Yemen in 2012, in a suicide
2014 Apr 24, In Yemen two
officers of the US Embassy in Sanaa shot and killed a pair of armed
civilians during an attempted abduction of the Americans at a
business. Within days of the shooting both Americans left Yemen with
the approval of the Yemeni government.
2014 Apr 27, Thousands of
Yemenis rallied in the port city of Mukalla to demand statehood for
the formerly independent south 20 years after the crushing of a
2014 Apr 29, Yemeni troops,
backed by air force planes, launched a major offensive against al
Qaeda strongholds in the south of the country to try to eradicate
the Islamist militant group that had killed hundreds since 2011.
2014 May 1, Yemeni military
officials said soldiers backed by tanks were pushing through
southern strongholds of suspected al-Qaida militants for a third
day, sparking clashes that killed at least six suspected militants.
2014 May 2, Yemeni government
forces killed five al Qaeda militants and wounded dozens of others
in the south, in the fourth day of an offensive against Islamist
insurgents. Unidentified gunmen shot dead an army colonel in his car
in the southern port city of Aden.
(Reuters, 5/2/14)(Reuters, 5/3/14)
2014 May 3, In Yemen two
soldiers were injured when a car bomb exploded in Mukalla, Hadramout
province. State news agency reported that one of those killed in an
early stage of the latest offensive was Abu Islam al-Shaishani, a
Chechnian fighter with a senior role in AQAP.
2014 May 4, Yemen's military
says it has killed 37 suspected al-Qaida fighters overnight in the
town of Meyfaa in an ongoing offensive in Shabwa southern province.
2014 May 5, In Yemen
unidentified gunmen shot dead a French man driving in Sanaa. Two
others were wounded. Suspected al-Qaida militants killed security
officer Mohammed Qawza (Guawza) in a drive-by shooting in Sanaa.
(Reuters, 5/514)(AFP, 5/514)
2014 May 6, Yemeni troops
killed 2 suspected militants when they shelled overnight the house
of a local Al-Qaeda chief in Shabwa province. The army also seized
two Al-Qaeda strongholds in Abyan province, as it pressed an
eight-day-old offensive with support from tribal militias.
(AFP, 5/6/14)(SFC, 5/7/14, p.A2)
2014 May 6, In Yemen gunmen
launched two attacks on the export pipeline linking the eastern oil
fields to the Red Sea, sparking a fire and halting oil flow.
2014 May 8, Yemeni armed forces
swept al-Qaida fighters out of a district in the country's south,
one of the main goals of the major offensive waged by the military
the past two weeks. Yemen’s US embassy was closed to the public
after a spate of attacks against foreigners and fears that Al-Qaeda
will seek revenge for a deadly offensive in the south.
(AP, 5/8/14)(AFP, 5/8/14)
2014 May 9, In Yemen 4 soldiers
were killed and three wounded in an ambush by suspected al Qaeda
fighters in the central province of al-Bayda. Defense minister
Muhammad Nasir Ahmad and a number of senior security officials were
attacked by gunmen while travelling in their vehicles in Shabwa
province. No one was killed or injured. Suspected Al-Qaeda militants
attacked the presidential palace in Sanaa, killing 5 guards and
triggering a fierce gunfight.
(Reuters, 5/9/14)(AFP, 5/10/14)
2014 May 11, In southern Yemen
a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car outside a police
station in Mukalla, killing 11 police officers and wounding 15.
Security forces in Sanaa clashed with suspected al-Qaida gunmen not
far from the presidential palace, killing 3 militants.
2014 May 12, In southern Yemen
a suspected US drone strike killed six al-Qaida militants in Marib
2014 May 13, Yemeni fighter
planes targeted a vehicle in the southern province of Shabwa,
killing 3 drivers and 5 suspected al Qaeda militants.
(Reuters, 5/13/14)(AP, 5/13/14)
2014 May 14, In southern Yemen
at least 42 people were killed in clashes between soldiers and
al-Qaida militants after insurgents attacked two military posts in
Shabwa province where the government mounted an offensive two weeks
(Reuters, 5/14/14)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A2)
2014 May 17, Yemen’s military
said it has regained control of Azzan, Shabwa province. 7 militants
and 2 soldiers were killed in the offensive. A militant ambush in
Qarn al-Sawda left 5 militants and 2 soldiers dead.
(SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A4)
2014 May 18, Yemeni troops
killed a local al Qaeda commander and four of his aides in clashes
in a southern province where the army has been waging an offensive
against the militant network. The militant, known by his nickname
al-Meqdad, was killed in Qarn al-Sawda, Shabwa province.
2014 May 22, In southern Yemen
a shell smashed into a vehicle and killed 5 civilians during clashes
between the army and Al-Qaeda suspects near Al-Saeed, Shabwa
province. The army and al-Qaida blamed each other.
2014 May 23, In northern Yemen
suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint
manned by Shi'ite Muslim fighters, killing at least three people in
2014 May 24, Yemeni soldiers
killed 15 al-Qaida fighters in fierce fighting with militants who
launched a major attack overnight targeting army, security and
government buildings in Sayoun city, Hadramawt province. 12 soldiers
were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 5/24/14)(Reuters, 5/25/14)
2014 May 25, Yemen's security
forces killed 5 al Qaeda members and captured four in a raid in Bayt
al-Othdri, in the Arhab region. Yemeni troops killed 5 Houthi
members in fighting outside the city of Omran in the northern
province of the same name.
2014 May 27, In northern Yemen
Shiite rebels attacked army positions and killed 5 soldiers,
prompting renewed clashes between the two sides.
2014 May 28, Yemeni officials
said police have killed Al-Qaeda suspects Abdulkhaliq Mohammed
al-Kabsi and Yehya Mohammed Sanhu. They were allegedly involved in a
series of hit-and-run attacks against security personnel in Sanaa.
2014 May 30, Yemeni security
officials said clashes between Shiite rebels (Hawthis) and tribesmen
backed by national army units have left at least 12 people dead in
(SFC, 5/31/14, p.A2)
2014 May 31, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaeda militants shot dead Colonel Nasser al-Issa, an intelligence
officer, in the southern province of Lahej.
2014 May 31, Sixty migrants
from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew members drowned in the
Red Sea in the worst such tragedy off the coast of Yemen this year.
2014 Jun 2, In northern Yemen
at least 120 people were killed in fighting between Shi'ite Muslim
Houthi rebels and government forces before a ceasefire was agreed.
2014 Jun 2, A Yemeni security
official and witnesses said the bodies of dozens of illegal
immigrants, mostly from Somalia and Ethiopia, have been found on
western beaches after their boat capsized in the Red Sea. The bodies
started turning up on May 30.
2014 Jun 4, In Yemen a
ceasefire between Shi'ite Muslim rebels and government forces went
into effect, after fresh fighting and air strikes killed at least 20
people from both sides.
2014 Jun 5, A Yemeni army
spokesman said government forces have killed 500 suspected Al-Qaeda
militants in an all-out offensive against them in their southern
strongholds that began on April 29. Forty soldiers were killed and
another 100 wounded in the operation in Shabwa and Abyan provinces,
in which 39 militants were captured. Al-Qaida militants attacked an
army post in Shabwa province, killing 11 soldiers and one civilian.
2014 Jun 10, In Yemen tribesmen
attacked power lines in the eastern province of Marib, leading to
the blackouts in Sanaa and other areas.
2014 Jun 11, In Yemen hundreds
of protesters gathered outside the president's house in Sanaa to
call for the fall of the government, angry at a city-wide power cut
about to enter its third day and severe petrol shortages. President
Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi ordered a cabinet reshuffle to replace
ministers for oil, electricity and four other portfolios after
several days of power outages and fuel shortages. Government
warplanes conducted strikes against tribesmen suspected of
sabotaging power lines.
(Reuters, 6/11/14)(AP, 6/11/14)(AFP, 6/11/14)
2014 Jun 13, In Yemen 4
soldiers and 5 suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in two
separate attacks in the south.
2014 Jun 14, In southern Yemen
a suspected US drone targeted a car carrying al-Qaida militants,
killing all five passengers.
2014 Jun 15, In southern Yemen
a suspected Al-Qaeda gunman opened fire on a minibus carrying staff
members from a military hospital in Aden, killing 8 people.
2014 Jun 20, Yemeni officials
said at least 85 people have been killed over the last week in
clashews between Shiite rebels and Islamist tribesmen supported by
army units. 11 soldiers were among the dead.
(SFC, 6/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 21, Yemen's Defense
Ministry said suspected al-Qaida militants killed Brigadier-General
Abdullah al-Mehdar in front of his home in Sanaa. In the southeast
Al-Qaeda gunmen killed 2 people in Shehr, Hadramawt province,
because they believed they were practicing witchcraft and sorcery.
Some 17 policemen were wounded in an ambush by Shiite Huthi rebels
as fighting between government forces and the rebels neared Sanaa.
(AP, 6/21/14)(AFP, 6/22/14)
2014 Jun 25, In Yemen militants
assassinated Col. Khaled al-Khawlani, a senior intelligence officer,
in a drive-by shooting in Sanaa.
2014 Jun 26, In Yemen at least
15 people were killed in a series of militant attacks in the eastern
city of Seiyun, Hadramawt province. These included a coordinated
attack on the Sayoun airport.
(Reuters, 6/26/14)(AP, 6/26/14)(SFC, 6/27/14,
2014 Jun 27, In Yemen fierce
clashes pitted government troops against Huthi militants in Amran
2014 Jun 28, In Yemen fierce
clashes broke out between pro-government tribesmen and Shiite Huthi
rebels near Sanaa, as President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi vowed that
authorities will not tolerate any violence.
2014 Jul 4, Six Saudi members
of al Qaeda, already wanted by authorities, struck the town of
al-Sharurah between Yemen and Saudi Arabia in an attack that left 4
border guards and 3 of the gunmen dead. Two of the militants grabbed
10 hostages and fought their way into a government building where
they blew themselves up the next day.
(AP, 7/5/14)(Reuters, 7/6/14)(Reuters, 7/8/14)
2014 Jul 5, The Yemeni air
force bombed Shi'ite Muslim fighters north of Sanaa in fighting that
caused a large number of casualties. At least 34 soldiers and 70
Houthis were killed.
(Reuters, 7/5/14)(Reuters, 7/6/14)
2014 Jul 6, Clashes in the
north Yemen town of Omran continued on between the army and fighters
from the Houthi movement. In the south six soldiers were shot dead
by al Qaeda militants.
2014 Jul 8, The Yemeni Red
Crescent said some 10,000 families have fled the northern city of
Amran in three days to escape an intensified battle between the army
and Shiite rebels.
2014 Jul 12, Yemeni tribesmen
blew up the country’s main oil pipeline, halting deliveries from
oilfields in the interior to the Ras Isa export terminal on the Red
2014 Jul 22, Yemeni media
reported that AQAP, Yemen's al Qaeda wing, has ordered men and women
in eastern Hadramout province to obey its strict interpretation of
Islamic law, saying it aimed to set up an emirate in the remote
2014 Jul 24, In southern Yemen
Al-Qaeda suspects on a motorbike shot dead Major Bilal Karo in
Thalab town, Lahij province.
2014 Jul 25, In Yemen Hawthi
rebels handed over the provincial capital of Amran to the central
government. The Shiite rebels had captured the city from their
Sunni Hashid rivals earlier this month.
(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 27, In southern Yemen
militant attacks on two army outposts and killed at least 8 people
early today, two months after the government said it had cleared
that area of al Qaeda fighters in an offensive.
2014 Jul 30, In Yemen one woman
was killed in protests that erupted in Sanaa after the Yemeni
government announced a rise in fuel prices. A third of the
population lives on less than $2 a day.
2014 Aug 2, In southern Yemen 4
policemen were killed in an attack on a security checkpoint in
2014 Aug 4, In Yemen 4 soldiers
were killed in ambushes in Hadramawt province.
2014 Aug 6, In Yemen 10
soldiers and 18 suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in
confrontations in southern and southeastern provinces. Several
others were captured, including a Saudi militant.
2014 Aug 7, In southern Yemen
troops defending Sayoun clashed for a 2nd day with suspected
al-Qaida militants killing at least 7 and raising the militant death
toll to 25.
(SFC, 8/8/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 8, In eastern Yemen
militants killed 14 soldiers near the city of Shibam in Hadramawt
2014 Aug 9, In Yemen 3
suspected al-Qaida Yemeni militants were killed in a drone airstrike
that targeted their house in Marib province.
2014 Aug 13, In south Yemen a
bomb, planted near a prison by presumed Al-Qaeda militants, exploded
killing 10 civilians and 3 army technicians in the Tibn area of
2014 Aug 16, In eastern Yemen a
drone attack killed 3 suspected al Qaeda militants in Hadramout
2014 Aug 17, In Yemen 6
suspected Al-Qaeda militants and 3 Yemeni troops died in clashes in
the southeastern province of Hadramawt.
2014 Aug 18, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people joined an anti-government rally in Sanaa in
response to a call by Shiite rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi.
2014 Aug 19, In Yemen hundreds
of armed Shiite rebels staged sit-ins on the outskirts of Sanaa,
where supporters are mobilizing in a campaign for the fall of the
government by Aug 22.
2014 Aug 22, In Yemen tens of
thousands demonstrated in Sanaa in a protest called for by the
Shi'ite Houthi movement, which wants the government to resign and
reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies.
2014 Aug 23, Yemen's government
offered to resign within a month and to review an unpopular decision
to cut fuel subsidies, in an attempt to end protests by the Shi'ite
Houthi movement. Separate bomb attacks by Al-Qaeda suspects killed a
senior army officer and 3 soldiers across the south and southeast.
(Reuters, 8/23/14)(AFP, 8/23/14)
2014 Aug 24, Yemen's Shiite
rebel group called for new protests after rejecting a draft proposal
by a presidential delegation to stop their demonstrations in return
for a new government and a review of the country's economic
2014 Aug 26, Yemeni prisoners
Amin al-Bakri and Fadi al-Maqaleh were transferred from
Afghanistan’s Bagram prison back to Yemen. They had been detained
since 2002 when they were arrested in Pakistan.
(SFC, 8/27/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 29, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands rallied in the capital and across the country against
an armed Shiite rebel group which has been holding its own sit-in
demanding a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies.
Nearly 10 km (six miles) away, supporters of the Shiite Hawthi group
expanded their sit-in alongside the main airport road.
2014 Aug 30, In southeast Yemen
a double overnight attack, one a suicide car bombing, left at least
10 insurgents and 4 soldiers dead in Qatan. Houthi fighters
were trying to seize a road that links Sanaa with oil-rich
provinces. 3 suspected Qaeda fighters died when the army bombarded
the house in Shibam. In the east security forces killed 5 militants
who tried to take over a police station in Hadramou province.
(AFP, 8/30/14)(Reuters, 8/30/14)(Reuters,
2014 Aug 31, In southern Yemen
11 soldiers were killed in three separate attacks that included
suicide bombings by suspected al Qaeda militants in Shabwa province.
2014 Sep 1, A Yemen security
official said Al-Qaeda militants have executed 3 men they accuse of
planting electronic chips in the network's vehicles to help US
drones target them.
2014 Sep 2, Yemen’s President
Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced a 30 percent reduction in recent fuel
price hikes to take effect Sep 4. Hadi also dismissed the country’s
Cabinet and prime minister.
(AFP, 9/3/14)(SFC, 9/3/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 3, Yemeni Shiite
rebels (Huthis) and activists took to the streets of Sanaa to reject
a presidential overture to replace the government and reduce a
disputed fuel price hike.
2014 Sep 6, Yemeni security
officials and tribal leaders said clashes between Shiite rebels and
Islamist tribesmen have killed 40 people over two days in the
2014 Sep 7, In Yemen a Huthi
demonstrator was shot dead and a number of protesters received
gunshot wounds when police hurled tear gas canisters and deployed
water cannon against demonstrators.
2014 Sep 8, Yemen sacked the
commander of its police special forces, a day after clashes broke
out as they tried in vain to disperse a Shiite rebel sit-in blocking
the road to Sanaa airport.
2014 Sep 9, Yemeni police shot
dead 7 Shiite rebel activists in Sanaa who were attempting to storm
the government headquarters in an escalation of demonstrations.
Al-Qaida militants detonated a car bomb at an army checkpoint in the
eastern Hadramawt province, setting off a firefight in which 3
soldiers and 10 militants were killed
(AFP, 9/9/14)(Reuters, 9/9/14)
2014 Sep 18, In Yemen armed
Shi'ite rebels pushed into Sanaa after clashing with the army in the
city's northwest outskirts. Nearly 40 people were killed.
(Reuters, 9/18/14)(AFP, 9/21/14)
2014 Sep 20, Yemeni President
Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on for a UN-brokered political
settlement with Shi'ite rebels as some of the worst violence seen in
the capital for years raged for a third day. Flights to Sanaa were
suspended for a 2nd straight day as the toll mounted from clashes
between pro-government forces and rebels.
(AFP, 9/20/14)(Reuters, 9/20/14)
2014 Sep 21, In Yemen Shiite
rebels (Huthis) seized the government headquarters and PM Mohamed
Basindawa stepped aside, accusing Pres. Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi of
being "autocratic." Violence raged despite a UN announcement of a
power-sharing deal to end days of fighting.
2014 Sep 22, Yemeni medical
officials said 200 more bodies have been retrieved from the streets
of Sanaa, bringing to 340 the death toll from a week of fierce
clashes between Hawthi Shiite rebels on one side and Sunni
militiamen and army troops on the other. Hawthi rebels seized tanks
and armored vehicles from military headquarters in Sanaa. Shiite
rebels from the north clashed with AQAP militants south of Sanaa. 4
militants from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were killed along
with 4 Huthis.
(AP, 9/22/14)(AFP, 9/22/14)(SFC, 9/23/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 23, Yemen’s President
Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi warned of "civil war" in Sunni-majority Yemen
and vowed to restore state authority as Shiite rebels appeared to be
in near-total control of the capital. Thousands of Houthi supporters
gathered in Tahrir Square to cheer a rousing speech by their leader
Abdel Malik al-Houthi.
(AFP, 9/23/14)(Econ, 9/27/14, p.48)
2014 Sep 27, In Yemen
Shi'ite Muslim rebels (Houthis or Hawthis) signed a security deal
that stipulated disarmament and withdrawal from areas they have
seized in recent months. Meanwhile Hawthi rebels attacked the home
of the intelligence chief in Sanaa. One soldier and two insurgents
were killed in the fighting.
(Reuters, 9/27/14)(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A5)
2014 Sep 28, In Yemen hundreds
of Yemenis demonstrated in Sanaa demanding that Houthi rebels who
had seized control of the capital last week leave. A car bomb
exploded at a hospital used as a base by the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi
movement, killing or wounding dozens of people in Marib province.
2014 Sep, Yemen's culture
minister, Arwa Othman, was honored for her work combatting extremism
and discrimination against women.
2014 Oct 7, Yemeni parties
agreed to appoint Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak bin Mubarak, an associate
of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, as prime minister, a move some
Yemenis expect may lead to the withdrawal of Shi'ite Muslim fighters
from the capital Sanaa.
2014 Oct 8, In Yemen at least
two simultaneous attacks by suspected al-Qaida militants on security
forces in Baida province south of the capital Sanaa killed at least
10 policemen and 4 assailants.
(AP, 10/8/14)(AFP, 10/8/14)
2014 Oct 9, In Yemen suicide
bombers targeting the powerful Shi'ite Houthi group and an army camp
killed at least 67 people in two separate attacks, hours after a
political crisis forced new PM Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak to step down.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) soon claimed
(Reuters, 10/9/14)(AFP, 10/11/14)
2014 Oct 11, Two Yemeni
soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the restive
southeastern province of Hadramawt.
2014 Oct 13, Yemen's president
appointed diplomat Khaled Bahah (b.1965), a former oil minister, as
prime minister, after securing backing of Islamists as well as
Shiite rebels who control the capital amid hopes of easing a
political deadlock in the impoverished, violence-stricken country.
2014 Oct 14, In Yemen Shiite
rebels seized the strategic port city of Hudeida to widen their
fast-expanding zone of control. Shiite rebels clashed with Al-Qaeda
militants in Rada, leaving 12 dead.
(AFP, 10/14/14)(AFP, 10/15/14)
2014 Oct 15, Yemeni security
officials said 4 suspected al-Qaida militants were killed when a
rocket fired by a drone struck their vehicle in southern Shabwa
province. In Aden thousands held a sit-in protest for a second day
at a major square to press demands for the south to secede. Shiite
rebels locked in fierce battles with al-Qaida militants in Baydah
province. In Sanaa suspected Sunni militants killed two Houthis and
wounded two more when they tossed a grenade at one of the houses the
rebels use as neighborhood headquarters. Senior army officer, Col.
Ali Zeid al-Dhary, who follows the Shiite Zaydi faith, was gunned
down in Sanaa.
(AP, 10/15/14)(AP, 10/16/14)
2014 Oct 16, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida militants overran a security base in the al-Adeen area in
Ebb province south of Sanaa, killing 3 policemen before fleeing to
2014 Oct 17, In Yemen clashes
between tribesmen and Shiite rebels advancing into the mainly Sunni
southwestern province of Ibb killed 14 rebels and 10 tribesmen.
Houthi rebels overran the al-Qaida stronghold of Radda.
(AFP, 10/17/14)(AFP, 10/18/14)(SFC, 10/18/14,
2014 Oct 18, In Yemen rebels
lost 12 fighters in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on their
vehicle in Ibb province. 4 tribesmen were also killed in fighting.
2014 Oct 19, Yemen's Shiite
rebels captured Yarim, a town south of Sanaa, in clashes that left
12 people dead. They also blew up the home of a rival Islamist
politician in Yarim. Thousands in the Houthi-controlled port of
Hodeida demonstrated to press demands for the rebels to leave the
2014 Oct 20, Yemeni security
officials say al-Qaida militants have captured al-Adeen town south
Sanaa as they fought fierce battles elsewhere against Shiite rebels
known as Houthis. Fighting between the Houthis and al-Qaida
militants resumed in the Raad area in Baydah province south of
Sanaa. The battles left 13 Houthis and 15 militants killed.
2014 Oct 21, In central Yemen
Sunni Al Qaeda militants and Shi'ite Muslim rebels fought a bloody
battle. 30 Shi'ite rebels and 18 Sunni fighters and their tribal
allies were reported killed in the clashes in Radda, al-Bayda
2014 Oct 23, Southern Yemeni
separatists pledged to escalate protests demanding secession, as
northern Shiite rebels vie to expand their control over more of the
2014 Oct 24, In Yemen clashes
broke out this evening when Huthi fighters trying to wrest control
of the mountains around the central town of Rada, Baida province,
met resistance from Sunni militias. The fighting left dozens dead,
while a suspected US drone strike killed 10 jihadists.
2014 Oct 26, Yemeni troops and
a US drone struck positions held by Al-Qaeda suspects and Sunni
tribes killing over a dozen insurgents who have been battling Shiite
rebels. Houthi fighters backed by government forces entered an al
Qaeda stronghold in al-Bayda province.
(AFP, 10/26/14)(Reuters, 10/26/14)
2014 Oct 27, Yemeni security
officials said fighting between Shiite Houthi rebels and an
influential tribe in the town of Radda killed at least 250 people
over three days.
2014 Oct 30, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida gunmen killed a police officer and a soldier in two
separate attacks in the south of the country.
2014 Oct 31, In Yemen Shiite
rebels attacked the headquarters of Sunni Al-Islah party in the
southwestern city of Ibb, triggering violence in which 3 people
died. Shiite rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi told President
Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi that if he did not form a new government within
10 days a "national salvation council" would take its place.
2014 Nov 1, All Yemeni parties
and political groups agreed to form an apolitical technocrat cabinet
ending a deadlock of over two weeks.
2014 Nov 4, Yemeni security
officials said more than 30 people have been killed in clashes
between Shiite Houthi rebels and tribal fighters backed by al-Qaida
militants in the embattled town of Radda. US drone strikes killed at
least 10 suspected al Qaeda militants in central Yemen. Fighting
between members of Ansar al-Sharia and rebel Shi'ite Muslim Houthi
fighters also killed 10 people.
(AP, 11/4/14)(Reuters, 11/4/14)(Reuters, 11/5/14)
2014 Nov 4, The US asked the UN
Security Council to freeze the assets and impose a global travel ban
on three figures blamed by Yemen's western ally for orchestrating
the current unrest. They included former Yemeni President Ali
Abdullah Saleh, who allied with the Houthis, and two Houthi leaders.
2014 Nov 5, Yemen's powerful
Shiite rebels, who are in control of the capital, swept through the
central city of Aden, after repelling al-Qaida militants in nearly
two-weeks of deadly battles.
2014 Nov 5, Yemen tribal
sources said Nabil al-Dahab, leader of Ansar al-Sharia in al-Bayda
province, was killed along with four other al Qaeda members,
including Shawki al-Badani a senior al Qaeda official wanted by the
US, in a drone strike in central Yemen overnight.
2014 Nov 5, In Yemen an
Algerian national was shot dead and a Frenchman was wounded during a
scuffle at a checkpoint operated by fighters of the Shi'ite Muslim
Houthi group in the southern part of Sanaa.
2014 Nov 6, Yemeni tribesmen
blew up the country's main oil export pipeline, forcing crude flows
2014 Nov 7, Yemen's state-run
TV announced the lineup of the country's new Cabinet following a
UN-brokered deal with Shiite rebels who had overrun the capital of
Sanaa and plunged the country into another crisis.
2014 Nov 7, The UN Security
Council slapped sanctions against Yemen’s influential former
president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two rebel commanders for
2014 Nov 8, In Yemen Al-Qaeda
claimed its militants killed "dozens" of Shiite rebels in Rada,
hours after the formation of a new government intended to take the
strife-torn country out of crisis. Yemen's ruling political party,
still headed by the country's former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh,
removed the country's sitting president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi,
from its top ranks.
2014 Nov 9, Yemen's new cabinet
was sworn in despite calls by former autocratic president Ali
Abdullah Saleh and Shiite militias allied to him for it to be
2014 Nov 10, In central Yemen
at least 9 Shiite rebels and 4 armed tribesmen were killed in
clashes near the embattled city of Radda. A late night clash between
Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters and security guards erupted at Sanaa
airport leaving 4 people dead.
(AP, 11/10/14)(Reuters, 11/11/14)(SFC, 11/12/14,
2014 Nov 10, The United States
imposed sanctions on Yemen's former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh,
and two senior Houthi rebel leaders for threatening the peace and
stability of the country.
2014 Nov 12, In central Yemen
at least 33 people were reported killed in fighting in the past two
days between Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters trying to expand their
control and Sunni tribes allied with al Qaeda. In southern Shabwa
province a US drone destroyed a Hilux truck carrying at least 7
militants on their way to an attack in the city of Azzan.
2014 Nov 13, Yemeni Houthis
endorsed a new government in Sanaa to replace the one they had
forced to step down. They had complained for years of discrimination
against their northern homeland. Heavy Huthi shelling of a northern
district of the central town of Rada killed 5 women late today and
displaced thousands. 30 Huthis were also killed in the fighting
(AP, 11/14/14)(AP, 11/14/14)
2014 Nov 14, Yemeni Shi'ite
Muslim Houthi fighters backed by government forces drove the local
wing of al Qaeda from one of its last strongholds in central Yemen
in intense fighting. At least 25 Houthis and 10 Ansar al-Sharia and
tribal fighters had in the fighting that began a day earlier.
2014 Nov 18, In Yemen a car
bombing killed Sadeq Mansur, a leading member of the powerful Sunni
Al-Islah party, whose supporters have been battling Shiite militias.
2014 Nov 20, Yemen's culture
minister, Arwa Othman, who was recently honored for her work
combatting extremism and discrimination against women, said she is
giving her award to Yemen's dwindling Jewish population. Fewer than
90 Jews live in Yemen, half of them in a guarded compound which
protects the US Embassy in the capital of Sanaa.
2014 Nov 21, The Yemeni
government said it has ended a mutiny by officers suspected to be
loyalists of the country's ousted leader against the top commander
of an elite paramilitary unit.
2014 Nov 25, Yemeni security
forces freed six Yemeni hostages and two foreigners in a raid in
which 7 al Qaeda kidnappers were also killed. US special operations
forces took part in a rescue mission in Hadramawt province.
(AP, 11/25/14)(AP, 11/26/14)
2014 Nov 26, In Yemen saboteurs
blew up the country’s main oil export pipeline, halting crude flows.
Five people were killed in clashes between Shi'ite Houthi fighters
and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa.
2014 Nov 30, In southern Yemen
thousands of demonstrators gathered in the port city of Aden to call
for independence from the north, prompting police to move in to
break up the gathering. The demonstration fell on the 47th
anniversary of Yemen's independence from Great Britain.
2014 Dec 3, In Yemen a car bomb
attack on the Iranian ambassador's house in the capital Sanaa killed
2 Yemeni soldiers and a civilian. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
2014 Dec 4, Yemeni and Western
sources said Saudi Arabia has suspended most of its financial aid to
Yemen, in a clear indication of its dissatisfaction with the growing
political power of Shi'ite Houthi fighters friendly with Riyadh's
regional rival, Iran.
2014 Dec 4, Al Qaeda's Yemen
branch published a video purporting to show an American hostage and
threatened to kill him if unspecified demands were not met.
Journalist Luke Somers (33) was kidnapped in Sanaa in September
2014 Dec 6, In Yemen Luke
Somers (33), an American photojournalist, was killed along with
South African teacher Pierre Korkie during a failed US-led raid to
free them from al-Qaida affiliated rebels in Shabwa province.
(SSFC, 12/7/14, p.A4)
2014 Dec 9, In eastern Yemen at
least 5 government soldiers were killed when two al Qaeda suicide
bombers tried to drive cars laden with explosives into a military
compound in Seyoun. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed
2014 Dec 13, Yemeni troops shot
dead five Al-Qaeda suspects disguised as women who fired at a
soldier during a checkpoint inspection of their Saudi-bound bus.
2014 Dec 15, In Yemen police
shot and killed Khalid al-Junaid, a prominent activist, while he
inspected protests in the southern city of Aden organized to press
for the south to secede.
2014 Dec 16, In Yemen two car
bombs exploded in Radaa city in the central province of al-Bayda.
Radaa is a bastion of the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP). The bombs exploded hitting a school bus traveling
near a Shiite rebel gathering, killing 26, including at least 16
primary school students.
(Reuters, 12/16/14)(AP, 12/16/14)(SFC, 12/17/14,
2014 Dec 17, Yemen's powerful
Shiite rebels shut down a strategic Red Sea port, and stormed the
offices of the country's main state newspaper.
2014 Dec 18, Yemen's parliament
approved a new government despite months of violence and political
wrangling. Suicide attackers set off two car bombs in the Red Sea
port city of Hodeida, killing themselves and causing a number of
casualties. 3 other suspected bombers were killed by members of
so-called citizen committee security patrols before they were able
(AP, 12/18/14)(Reuters, 12/18/14)
2014 Dec 19, In Yemen a
suspected Al-Qaeda bomb attack killed 3 soldiers and wounded five
others in Seyun, Hadramawt province.
2014 Dec 23, In Yemen two
Shiite militiamen were killed in Sanaa in a series of small bomb
attacks and a drive-by shooting. Prominent Huthi figure Faisal
Sherif was shot dead by two gunmen riding a motorcycle near the
University of Sanaa.
2014 Dec 25, In Yemen General
Yahia al-Marrani, a senior intelligence official, was abducted in
Sanaa by Shiite fighters from the Huthi militia in control of the
capital since a September offensive.
2014 Dec 27, In Yemen 12 people
were killed in clashes between tribesmen and Shiite rebels north of
the capital Sanaa.
2014 Dec 29, In southern Yemen
a senior intelligence officer was shot dead in al-Bayda by militants
suspected to be linked to al-Qaeda. An army general escaped a
separate ambush in eastern Hadramout province.
2014 Dec 31, In central Yemen a
suicide bomber killed at least 49 people when he blew himself up at
a cultural center where students were celebrating the Prophet
Mohammad's birthday. 70 people were wounded.
(Reuters, 12/31/14)(AFP, 1/1/15)
2014 The population of the
Socotra archipelago, a group of four islands in the Indian Ocean
belonging to Yemen, numbered about 55,000, mostly on the main island
also called Socotra.
(Econ, 2/1/14, p.42)
2015 Jan 1, In Yemen 49 people
were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a religious celebration
by Huthi supporters in the mainly Sunni city of Ibb.
(AFP, 1/4/15)(AFP, 1/7/15)
2015 Jan 3, Yemeni authorities
reported the arrest of a Belgian, a Bulgarian and a Somali suspected
of having links with al-Qaida after a search found one of them
carrying documents and materials with the group's logos on them.
Unknown gunmen killed two fighters from the Shiite Houthi rebel
group in central Ibb province.
2015 Jan 4, In Yemen a bomb
explosion in Dhamar, a mainly Shiite city, killed at least 4 people
including a reporter and wounded 25 others. The bombing targeted a
gathering of Shiite Huthi militiamen, also known as Ansarullah.
2015 Jan 7, In Yemen a car bomb
blast tore through dozens of new students lined up at a police
academy in Sanaa, killing at least 35 people.
(AP, 1/7/15)(Reuters, 1/7/15)
2015 Jan 17, Yemen's Houthi
militia seized Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, President Abdrabuh Mansur
Hadi's chief of staff, and threatened unspecified further steps to
derail a proposed new constitution in a wrangle for power that
threatens to bring down the government. National security service
chief General Mohammed al-Ahmadi said there are around 1,000
Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen from 11 Arab and non-Arab countries.
(Reuters, 1/17/15)(AFP, 1/17/15)
2015 Jan 19, Yemen's Houthi
movement fought artillery battles with the army near the
presidential palace in Sanaa, throwing the fragile Arab state deeper
into turmoil. At least 9 people were killed, including fighters from
both sides. A cease-fire halted intense clashes near the
presidential palace in Sanaa after Shiite rebels seized control of
(Reuters, 1/19/15)(AP, 1/19/15)(AFP, 1/20/15)
2015 Jan 20, In Yemen Shiite
militiamen seized the presidential palace in Sanaa in what a
minister said was a bid to overthrow President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi
and his US-backed government.
2015 Jan 21, Yemen's President
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was expected to yield to demands for
constitutional change and power sharing with Houthi rebels who took
up positions outside his home after defeating his guards in two days
of battle. The Houthi rebels from the north draw from a large
Shi'ite minority that ruled a 1,000-year kingdom in Yemen until
2015 Jan 22, Yemen's Houthi
rebels welcomed proposed concessions by the government on
power-sharing but their gunmen still held positions outside the
residence of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. A government
spokesman said the cabinet has submitted its resignation to
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi amid a standoff with Shiite
(Reuters, 1/22/15)(AP, 1/22/15)
2015 Jan 23, In Yemen thousands
of protesters demonstrated across the country, some supporting the
Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the
country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet
2015 Jan 23, US officials said
the United States has halted some counter-terrorism operations
against al Qaeda militants in Yemen following a takeover of the
country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
2015 Jan 24, In Yemen tens of
thousands marched in protest against Shiite rebels who hold the
capital, amid a power vacuum in a country that is home to what
Washington describes as al-Qaida's most dangerous offshoot.
2015 Jan 26, In eastern Yemen a
suspected US drone strike on a car killed 3 men believed to be al
Qaeda militants. A sixth grade student aged about 12 was
reported killed the US drone strike. Al Qaeda militants attacked a
military checkpoint in southern Yemen, killing a soldier and
wounding two others on the outskirts of Mahfad in Yemen province.
(Reuters, 1/26/15)(AP, 1/27/15)
2015 Jan 27, Yemen's Shiite
rebels released presidential aide Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak. His
abduction 10 days ago set in motion a violent escalation that led to
the resignation of the president and the government in the face of a
widening rebel power grab.
2015 Jan 29, Yemen reported
that 2 soldiers were killed and two wounded when they were ambushed
while on patrol by suspected al Qaeda militants in the central
province of Marib.
2015 Jan 31, In Yemen Harith
al-Nadhari and 3 other militants were killed in an American drone
strike against their car in the southern Shabwa province. Al-Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) later named the others as Said
Bafaraj, Abdelsamie al-Haddaa and Azzam al-Hadrami.
2015 Feb 6, Yemen's powerful
Shiite rebels announced that they have taken over the country and
dissolved parliament. Houthi rebels said they are forming a
five-member presidential council that will replace President Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi for an interim two-year period.
2015 Feb 10, In southeastern
Yemen 4 suspected Al-Qaeda fighters were killed in a suspected US
drone strike in Hadramawt province.
2015 Feb 11, In Yemen the US
embassy staff destroyed weapons, computers and documents before
closing and evacuating diplomats. Britain and France also moved to
close their embassies.
(Reuters, 2/11/15)(AP, 2/11/15)
2015 Feb 12, In southern Yemen
al Qaeda-linked fighters seized a large army base in a dawn attack.
12 soldiers and 15 militants were killed as Al-Qaeda seized the
brigade's camp at Baihan in Shabwa province and captured armor and
(Reuters, 2/12/15)(AFP, 2/13/15)
2015 Feb 13, In southern Yemen
suspect al-Qaida gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at air force
Colonel Mahmoud al-Naqib, killing him instantly in Lahij province.
2015 Feb 13, Saudi Arabia,
Germany and Italy became the latest countries to withdraw embassy
staff from Yemen as an exodus of foreign diplomats gathered pace due
to growing insecurity.
2015 Feb 14, In southern Yemen
heavy fighting overnight between Shiite rebels and Sunni tribesmen
left 26 dead. Tens of thousands marched in protest against the
Houthis in the cities of Ibb, Taiz, Hodeida, Dhamar and the capital,
Sanaa. The Netherlands, Spain and the United Arab Emirates became
the latest countries to shut down embassy operations in Sanaa.
2015 Feb 15, The UN Security
council adopted a resolution demanding that Houthi rebels in Yemen
immediately relinquish control and withdraw from government
(SFC, 2/16/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 16, In Yemen
supporters of former President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi seized radio
and television buildings in the southern city of Aden after they
accused security forces of working for Shiite rebels who control the
capital. One soldier and two Hadi supporters were reported killed in
2015 Feb 16, Turkey said it was
temporarily closing its embassy in Yemen, the latest foreign mission
to do so following the takeover of power by Shiite Huthi militiamen.
2015 Feb 20, The UN envoy to
Yemen said rival factions have agreed on a new legislative body to
serve during the country’s transition period.
(SFC, 2/21/15, p.A3)
2015 Feb 21, In Yemen Houthis
tried to storm a special forces base outside the capital, exchanging
fire with troops there who are mostly loyal to Hadi's predecessor,
Ali Abdullah Saleh. The fighting killed 3 people. Former president
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi left the capital after Shiite rebels who had
been holding him under house arrest released him under international
and local pressure. Thousands marched in support of Hadi in southern
Ibb province, where they urged the Houthis to leave the region and
halt their interference in local affairs.
2015 Feb 22, Yemen's president
sought to resume his duties as head of state as he convened
governors of several southern provinces and military commanders at
the presidential retreat in the economic hub of Aden.
2015 Feb 23, In Yemen thousands
took to the streets of Sanaa, to denounce the Houthi rebels and show
support for the country's embattled president. Shiite rebels
(Houthis) threatened to arrest and try for treason the prime
minister and all Cabinet members if they fail to return to work.
2015 Feb 24, In Yemen gunmen
kidnapped Isabelle Prime, a Frenchwoman (30) working for the World
Bank, and her Yemeni driver as she was on her way to work in Sanaa.
The Houthis said that Pres. Hadi had lost his legitimacy as head of
state and was being sought as a fugitive from justice. Prime and her
translator arrived in France on August 7.
(Reuters, 2/24/15)(Reuters, 2/25/15)(SFC, 8/8/15,
2015 Feb 24, UN-appointed
investigators said Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh is
suspected of corruptly amassing as much as $60 billion, equivalent
to Yemen's annual GDP, during his 1978-2012 rule, and colluding in a
militia takeover last year.
2015 Feb 25, In Yemen armed men
from the newly dominant Houthi group took over a special forces army
base in Sanaa in clashes that left at least 10 people killed.
2015 Feb 27, The United Arab
Emirates said it will reopen its Yemeni embassy in the southern port
city of Aden, where Pres. Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has set up a seat
of power since being driven from the capital.
2015 Feb 28, In Yemen the
separatist Southern Movement said it has suspended its participation
in UN-sponsored talks raising fresh tensions, as nine soldiers were
wounded in a clash with separatist fighters. A US drone strike hit a
car in Bihan town in Shabwa province, killing 3 men believed to be
(AFP, 2/28/15)(AP, 2/28/15)
2015 Mar 1, A first Iranian
flight landed in the Yemeni capital, a day after officials from the
Shiite militia-controlled city signed an aviation agreement with
Tehran. The plane delivered medical and other supplies to Sanaa.
(AFP, 3/1/15)(SFC, 3/2/15, p.A4)
2015 Mar 5, Iran said that a
team of special operatives has freed Nour Ahmad Nikbakht, an Iranian
diplomat abducted more than 19 months ago in Yemen.
2015 Mar 9, In southern Yemen
Al-Qaida militants overran and held the city of Mahfad for hours
before an army counterattack pushed them out. Saudi Arabia agreed to
host a peace talks with the Houthis requested by Pres. Abed Rabbo
2015 Mar 12, The World Bank
suspended its operations in Yemen as Shiite rebels fired tear gas
and started shooting in the air to disperse a demonstration against
them Bayda, killing 2 people and wounding seven.
(AP, 3/12/15)(AFP, 3/13/15)
2015 Mar 13, In Yemen hundreds
rallied in the militia-controlled capital of Sanaa to call for
presidential elections and demanding the son of ex-strongman Ali
Abdullah Saleh to run as a candidate.
2015 Mar 14, In Yemen opponents
of the Houthi militia announced the formation of a national alliance
to restore the authority of the state, in a major shakeup of Yemen's
2015 Mar 18, In Yemen
Abdel-Karim al-Khewani, a prominent politician and supporter of the
country's Shiite rebels, was assassinated by gunmen in front of the
family's home in Sanaa.
2015 Mar 19, In Yemen an
unidentified warplane attacked the presidential palace in Aden.
Rival forces fought the worst clashes in years. 13 people were
killed when forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fought
their way into Aden's international airport and wrested an adjacent
military base from a renegade officer.
2015 Mar 20, In Yemen bombings
targeted two mosques in Sanaa and another in the Huthis' Saada
stronghold, where an assailant detonated his explosives belt outside
a mosque after failing to get in. At least 137 people were killed at
the mosques attended by Shiite militiamen. The Islamic State
jihadist group claimed responsibility.
(AFP, 3/20/15)(Econ., 3/28/15, p.51)
2015 Mar 20, In Yemen
unidentified aircraft dropped bombs over an area that includes the
residence of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the southern city
of Aden but he was unharmed. In southern Yemen Al Qaeda fighters
captured al-Houta, capital of the southern Lahj province, killing
about 20 soldiers, before they were driven out by the army late
(Reuters, 3/20/15)(Reuters, 3/21/15)
2015 Mar 21, Yemen's Shiite
rebels issued a call to arms to battle forces loyal to the country's
embattled president, as US troops evacuated the al-Annad air base
near the southern city of al-Houta, seized temporarily a day earlier
by al-Qaida militants.
2015 Mar 21, In southern Yemen
Houthi forces fired on hundreds of people in Taiz, a mainly Sunni
city, protesting against their advance across the country. There
were no immediate reports of casualties.
2015 Mar 22, In Yemen Houthi
fighters opposed to the president took over the central city of
Taiz. Huthis and their allies also seized the airport in Taez.
(Reuters, 3/22/15)(AFP, 3/22/15)
2015 Mar 24, In southern Yemen
the Shiite rebels known as Houthis fired bullets and tear gas to
disperse thousands of protesters demanding that the rebels withdraw
from Taiz province. At least 6 demonstrators were killed.
(SFC, 3/25/15, p.A4)
2015 Mar 25, Yemen Pres. Abed
Rabu Mansour Hadi fled the country by sea as Shiite rebels and their
allies moved on his last refuge in the south.
(SFC, 3/26/15, p.A4)
2015 Mar 25, The Saudi
ambassador to the United States announced that his country had
initiated airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Saudi
operation was called “Decisive Storm." King Salman gathered a
10-country coalition of Sunni states to bomb the Houthis.
(AFP, 3/25/15)(SSFC, 4/5/15, p.A4)(Econ, 5/23/15,
2015 Mar 26, Warplanes from a
Saudi-led Arab coalition bombed Huthi Shiite rebels in support of
Yemen's embattled president, as regional rival Iran warned the
intervention was a "dangerous" move. Egypt participated in the
Saudi-led campaign against Shi'ite Houthis militias in Yemen with
its naval and air forces. The US military rescued two Saudi pilots
who ejected from their jet off Yemen's coast.
(AFP, 3/26/15)(Reuters, 3/26/15)(AFP, 3/27/15)
2015 Mar 26, Sudan said it is
providing ground troops as well as warplanes for a Saudi-led
military intervention against Shiite rebels in Yemen.
2015 Mar 27, In Yemen at least
21 Shiite rebels were killed when residents in a tribal southern
region opened fire at their vehicles. Warplanes targeted Houthi
forces controlling Sanaa and their northern heartland and, in a
boost for Riyadh, fellow monarchy Morocco said it would join the
rapidly-assembled Sunni Muslim coalition against the Shi'ite Muslim
(AFP, 3/27/15)(Reuters, 3/27/15)
2015 Mar 27, Egyptian and Saudi
Arabian warships deployed to the Bab al-Mandab strait off Yemen to
secure the strategic sea passage.
(SFC, 3/28/15, p.A3)
2015 Mar 28, In Yemen a series
of explosions rocked an arms depot in Aden, killing at least 14
people as looters swarmed the facility. At least 61 people were
reported killed in three days of fighting between Shiite rebels and
loyalist militia in Aden.
2015 Mar 28, Saudi Arabia's
navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen and the United Nations
pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air
strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.
2015 Mar 29, In Yemen at least
38 people were killed in clashes between rebel forces and tribes
near a southern oil region. Saudi-led warplanes bombed the main
international airport and struck a renegade troop base in Sanaa.
2015 Mar 30, In Yemen warships,
believed to be from Egypt, shelled a column of Houthi fighters and
troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as they tried to
advance on the southern port city of Aden. In the north an air
strike killed 45 people at the Al-Mazrak camp in Hajja province.
Warplanes carried out a fifth night of air strikes around Sanaa.
(Reuters, 3/30/15)(AFP, 3/30/15)
2015 Mar 31, Saudi-led
airstrikes pounded Yemen's Shiite rebels for the sixth day,
destroying missiles and weapons depots controlled by the rebels. The
UN human rights office in Geneva said that in the past five days, at
least 93 civilians have been killed and 364 wounded in five Yemeni
cities. Airstrikes hit a dairy factory near Hodeida killing 23.
(AP, 3/31/15)(Econ., 4/4/15, p.44)
2015 Apr 1, In Yemen Saudi-led
coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions in both the north
and south, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from
(AP, 4/1/15)(SFC, 4/2/15, p.A3)
2015 Apr 2, Yemen's Houthi
fighters and their allies seized a central Aden district striking a
heavy blow against the Saudi-led coalition which has waged a week of
air strikes to try to stem advances by the Iran-allied Shi'ite
group. AQAP fighters stormed the central prison in Mukalla and freed
150 prisoners, some of them al Qaeda detainees. AQAP was led by
(Reuters, 4/2/15)(Econ., 4/25/15, p.46)
2015 Apr 3, In Yemen Houthi
forces pulled back from a central Aden district. Warplanes from the
Saudi-led coalition dropped weapons and medical aid to fighters
defending the southern Yemeni city. An air strike on a village near
Sanaa killed a family of nine in what appeared to be a hit by the
Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi militia. Local militia
forces said they killed 10 Houthis during the fighting which pushed
the Shi'ite movement out of Crater. They also said Houthis killed
two medics and two patients when they opened fire on an ambulance
ferrying casualties from Aden peninsula to hospital on the mainland.
(Reuters, 4/3/15)(Reuters, 4/4/15)
2015 Apr 4, Yemeni tribal
fighters entered the coastal town of Mukalla, seeking to drive out
suspected al Qaeda fighters who took control 48 hours earlier.
Houthi fighters took control of the central prison in Dhale and
freed more than 300 prisoners. A medical official said fierce
fighting for control of Aden has left at least 185 people dead and
more than 1,200 wounded, including many civilians.
(Reuters, 4/4/15)(AP, 4/4/15)(AP, 4/4/15)
2015 Apr 4, A Saudi adviser
said Saudi Arabian special forces are involved in the military
operation against Shiite Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen. A
Saudi-led coalition pounded rebels in the south and dropped more
arms to loyalist fighters.
2015 Apr 5, In Yemen warplanes
from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Sanaa overnight on the eleventh
day of a campaign against Iran-allied Houthi. A senior Houthi member
said Yemen's Houthis are ready to sit down for peace talks as long
as a Saudi-led air campaign is halted and the negotiations are
overseen by "non-aggressive" parties. Armed tribesmen deployed in
the streets of Mukalla, pushing al Qaeda fighters out of much of the
eastern port town three days after the militants overran it.
Houthis, along with allied security forces loyal to the ousted
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, carried out a number of overnight
raids arresting leading Islah Party members Mohammed Qahtan and
Hassan al-Yaeri, along with more than 120 others. Houthi militiamen,
supported by army units, gained ground in the southern city of
(Reuters, 4/5/15)(AP, 4/5/15)
2015 Apr 6, In southern Yemen
fierce clashes raged between rebels and loyalists, leaving 114 dead
in 24 hours. The Red Cross faced delays to urgently needed aid
2015 Apr 7, In central Yemen
warplanes from a Saudi-led air coalition bombed a military base
controlled by Houthi fighters and their army allies. A website of
the Houthi-run defense ministry said two students were killed at a
neighboring school. Suspected al Qaeda militants stormed a remote
border post with Saudi Arabia, killing at least two soldiers
including the senior border guard officer.
2015 Apr 8, In southern Yemen
warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition struck al-Anad airbase
overnight and targets in areas around the southern port city of
Aden. At least 22 people were killed in tank and mortar shelling by
rebel forces on residential areas in Aden. Warships from the
Saudi-led coalition blocked a vessel carrying more than 47,000 tons
of wheat from entering a Yemeni port, demanding UN guarantees that
the cargo would not go to military personnel.
(Reuters, 4/8/15) (AFP, 4/8/15)(Reuters, 4/10/15)
2015 Apr 8, Iran dispatched a
destroyer and another naval ship to waters off Yemen.
(SFC, 4/9/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 8, Washington deepened
its involvement in the Saudi-led air war in Yemen as aid agencies
scrambled to deliver help to civilians caught up in the campaign now
heading into its third week.
2015 Apr 9, In Yemen Shiite
rebels and allied military units defied Saudi-led airstrikes to
seize a provincial capital in a heavily Sunni tribal area as their
patron Iran called the two-week air campaign a "crime" and appealed
for peace talks. At least 20 Shiite Huthi rebels were killed in
southern Yemen by Saudi-led coalition air strikes and an ambush by
(AP, 4/9/15)(AFP, 4/9/15)
2015 Apr 9, A UN official said
children make up a third of fighters in the armed groups in
conflict-wracked Yemen, also warning that malnutrition levels in the
country were set to explode.
2015 Apr 9, The Pentagon said
the US has begun daily aerial refueling for planes in the Saudi-led
coalition carrying out air strikes in Yemen.
(SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A4)
2015 Apr 10, In Yemen the first
two planeloads of medical aid landed in the Sanaa after weeks of
conflict which have killed 600 people and displaced 100,000 others.
The UN appealed for a pause in fighting to allow in more aid.
2015 Apr 10, In central Yemen a
car bomb detonated outside a security building used by Houthi
militiamen, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens.
Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition battered southern Yemen
overnight in the most intense strikes since the launch of a campaign
against Iran-backed rebels last month.
(Reuters, 4/10/15)(AFP, 4/10/15)
2015 Apr 10, Yemen’s Houthi
rebels killed 3 Saudi border guards in a mortar attack in Saudi
Arabia’s Najran province.
(SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A9)
2015 Apr 11, In southern Yemen
local militiamen in Aden reportedly captured two Iranian military
officers advising Houthi rebels during fighting. Fierce fighting
overnight between Iran-backed Shiite rebels and government forces
killed at least 25 people.
(Reuters, 4/11/15)(AP, 4/11/15)
2015 Apr 12, In Yemen suspected
Al Qaeda militants killed an army colonel in central Shabwa
province. Saudi Arabia dismissed Iranian calls to end air strikes on
Yemen as Saudi-led attacks hit a military camp in Taiz, killing 8
civilians. Al Qaeda leader Ibrahim al-Rubaish, released from
Guantanamo in 2006, was killed along with others in an apparent US
drone strike on a group of militants west of the port city of
(Reuters, 4/12/15)(SFC, 4/15/15, p.A3)
2015 Apr 13, In southern Yemen
militia sources wrested control of an army base loyal to the Houthis
after heavy fighting near the Balhaf liquefied natural gas (LNG)
plant. Fighters reportedly killed around 40 Houthis and allied
soldiers in Dhalea province. In Lahez province fighters attacked a
Houthi tank with rocket-propelled grenades and machineguns, killing
about 15 rebels.
2015 Apr 14, In southern Yemen
operations were suspended at the Gulf of Aden Balhaf plant, the
country’s only gas export terminal, after armed tribesmen drove out
soldiers guarding the site, accusing them of links to rebel forces.
2015 Apr 14, Iran proposed a
four-point peace plan for Yemen and called for an end to Saudi-led
air strikes against Houthi rebels allied to Tehran. It comprised of
a ceasefire, humanitarian assistance, an intra-Yemeni dialogue and
the establishment of a broad-based government.
(Reuters, 4/14/15)(Reuters, 4/15/15)
2015 Apr 14, The UN Security
Council adopted a resolution imposing an arms embargo on Yemen's
Houthi rebels and demanding they pull back from territory they have
captured. Russia abstained from the vote backed by 14 of the 15
2015 Apr 15, In Yemen Saudi-led
coalition air strikes hit rebel targets in Aden after overnight
attacks killed 7 people.
2015 Apr 16, In central Yemen
heavy fighting broke out in and around Taiz, pitting an army brigade
and tribesmen against the Shi'ite Houthi militia and allied army
units. In the south Al Qaeda seized control of the Riyan airport
outside Mukalla as well as the city’s seaport and oil terminal.
(Reuters, 4/16/15)(SFC, 4/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 17, In southeast Yemen
Al-Qaeda militants seized heavy weapons as they overran a key camp
in Hadramawt provincial capital Mukalla. Two suspected Al-Qaeda
militants were killed overnight in southern Shabwa province in a
drone strike believed to have been carried out by the United States.
At least 20 rebels were killed, and two tanks and four armored
vehicles destroyed, in overnight Saudi-led air strikes on a convoy
headed out of the Al-Anad air base. In Taez at least 16 people were
killed as soldiers that have remained loyal to exiled Pres.
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi put up fierce resistance to an attack on
their base by Houthi Shiite rebels and renegade troops.
2015 Apr 18, In Yemen
militiamen loyal to embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi
besieged the Al-Annad air base, once crucial to the US drone program
targeting al-Qaida militants, trying to dislodge the Shiite rebels
holding the complex. A US drone killed 3 Al-Qaeda suspects when it
targeted a vehicle in Saeed in Shabwa province.
(AP, 4/18/15)(AFP, 4/19/15)
2015 Apr 18, Saudi Arabia
pledged to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought
by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has
been bombing Shiite rebels for three weeks.
2015 Apr 19, In Yemen Brigadier
General Abdulrahman al-Halily of the First Military District
announced his support for constitutional legitimacy as represented
by President Hadi. He commanded at least 15,000 troops in a vast
military district covering half the country's border with Saudi
2015 Apr 19, In Yemen Saudi-led
coalition warplanes pounded Houthi positions in Taez. Air strikes on
Shiite rebel positions in the southern city of Daleh as well as
clashes killed 17 Houthis and 6 southern fighters. 7 more Houthis
were killed in an attack by tribesmen in the southern province of
Shabwa. In Aden 11 Houthis and 5 pro-Hadi fighters were killed in
overnight clashes. All together at least 60 people were killed.
2015 Apr 19, A Saudi border
guard was killed and two troops wounded by heavy gun and mortar fire
2015 Apr 20, In Yemen Saudi-led
air strikes on a missile depot in Sanaa, the rebel-held capital,
sparked explosions that left at least 18 people dead and 300
2015 Apr 21, Saudi Arabia
announced that it would end almost a month of air strikes against
the Iranian-allied Houthis. Hours later Houthi fighters captured an
army brigade base loyal to the government in Yemen's central city of
Taiz following heavy fighting. A Saudi air strike hit the brigade
headquarters shortly afterwards.
2015 Apr 22, In Yemen rival
forces fought on despite a declared halt to a Saudi-led bombing
campaign. The Houthi rebel movement said it wanted to return to
UN-sponsored peace talks but only after a complete halt to a month
of Saudi-led air strikes on the group. The Saudi-led coalition
bombed southern Houthi positions carrying out at least 12 air
strikes. In Aden 5 Houthi militiamen were killed at a checkpoint
while fighting against local forces and 8 other Houthi fighters were
killed in heavy clashes in southern Dalea province.
(Reuters, 4/22/15)(Reuters, 4/23/15)
2015 Apr 22, In Yemen 7
suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in an apparent US drone
strike overnight on Mukalla which the jihadists overran earlier this
2015 Apr 23, Warplanes from a
Saudi-led coalition pounded Houthi militiamen and military bases
with at least 20 air strikes throughout Yemen, despite Riyadh saying
it was winding down its campaign.
2015 Apr 24, In Yemen fighting
between warring factions raged in southern and central parts of the
country and air strikes hit Houthi militia forces in Aden. The UN
said the civilian death toll from the fighting and airstrikes since
the bombing started on March 26 has reached an estimated 551 people.
2015 Apr 25, In Yemen Shiite
Houthi rebels mobilized hundreds of reinforcements in an effort to
wrest control of Aden from militias supporting embattled President
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The port city was hit by dozens of
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.
2015 Apr 26, In Yemen air
raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook the country in some
of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened
last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia. A group of tribal
and Islamist fighters in Taiz took back several districts from the
Iran-allied Houthi militia amid heavy fighting that left some 20
civilians dead and dozens wounded.
(Reuters, 4/26/15)(SFC, 4/27/15, p.A4)
2015 Apr 27, In Yemen Saudi-led
aircraft pounded Iran-allied Houthi militiamen and rebel army units
in central Yemen and Sanaa despite a formal end to the air strikes.
2015 Apr 27, Yemen's exiled
government declared three areas in the country engulfed in fighting
between Shiite rebels, their allies and pro-government forces as
"disaster" zones, including the southern port city of Aden, and said
that the month of violence has claimed 1,000 civilian lives.
2015 Apr 28, In Yemen heavy
clashes overnight were reported in Marib province east of Sanaa, in
the city of Taiz in central Yemen, and in the southern port city of
Aden. At least 15 people were reported killed in the district of
Sirwah and around Marib city.
2015 Apr 29, Yemen's Shiite
rebels and their allies advanced in the southern city of Aden,
capturing parts of an upscale neighborhood and seizing men they
accuse of fighting them from their homes.
2015 Apr 30, In Yemen a new
branch of the Islamic State group issued a video showing what it
said was the beheading of 4 Yemeni soldiers and the shooting of 10
2015 May 1, In Yemen warplanes
from a Saudi-led coalition struck a residential district in Sanaa
overnight, killing eight to 10 civilians.
2015 May 1, Saudi Arabia said
its forces have killed dozens of Iran-backed rebels from Yemen who
launched their first major attack on the kingdom since Saudi-led air
strikes began last month.
2015 May 3, In Yemen local
fighters battling the rebel Houthi militia in Aden stormed areas
around the airport in an operation supervised by the Saudi-led
coalition, which also provided air support. At least 20 troops from
a Saudi-led Arab coalition, including Yemeni expatriates in shorts,
landed in Aden on a "reconnaissance" mission.
(Reuters, 5/3/15)(AP, 5/3/15)
2015 May 4, In Yemen heavy
airstrikes hit several airports across the country, as a Saudi-led
military coalition continued to target the country's Shiite rebels
and their allied forces.
2015 May 4, Senegal said it
will send 2,100 troops to Saudi Arabia as part of an international
coalition combating Houthi rebels in Yemen.
2015 May 5, Saudi King Salman
announced the establishment of a center to coordinate humanitarian
assistance for Yemen, and invited the United Nations to join in
relief work for the Arab country.
2015 May 5, Yemen's Houthi
rebels fired mortars and Katyusha rockets at the Saudi city of
Najran, killing at least 3 civilians. A husband and wife were killed
as a missile from war-torn Yemen struck their building in the Jazan
region. Five soldiers were reported captured.
(AP, 5/5/15)(Reuters, 5/6/15)(AFP, 5/6/15)
2015 May 6, Saudi-led coalition
warplanes struck Yemeni provinces near the Saudi border overnight,
killing at least 43 civilians. Another 9 people were killed and 18
were wounded in air strikes on a police academy in Dhamar province.
Aid agencies warned that fuel shortages could halt their efforts to
tackle Yemen's humanitarian crisis. Houthi fighters entered Aden's
al-Tawahi district, one of the last strongholds of supporters of
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Fighting across Yemen killed 120
people, mostly civilians, including at least 40 who were trying to
flee Aden in a boat that was struck by Houthi shells.
(Reuters, 5/6/15)(AFP, 5/6/15)(Reuters, 5/7/15)
2015 May 7, Saudi Arabia
offered a five-day humanitarian truce to the Houthi militia it has
hit with weeks of air strikes in neighboring Yemen, on condition
that fighting across Yemen stops.
2015 May 8, In Yemen the
Saudi-led coalition declared the rebel stronghold of Saada a war
zone and said its entire territory would from now on be considered a
"military target," urging all civilians to leave by 7 p.m. local
2015 May 9, The Saudi-led
coalition struck northern provinces of Yemen in a third consecutive
night of heavy air strikes. More than 100 air strikes hit areas of
Saada and Hajjah provinces, including the districts of Haradh, Maidi
and Bakil al-Mir.
2015 May 10, Yemen's Shiite
rebels and their allies in the country's splintered armed forces
said they would accept a five-day humanitarian cease-fire to allow
aid to reach civilians after more than a month of daily airstrikes
from a Saudi-led military coalition. A coalition aircraft from
Morocco crashed in the Wadi Nushur area in Saada. Houthi TV said air
defense operated by tribesmen shot it down.
(AP, 5/10/15)(AFP, 5/11/15)
2015 May 10, In Yemen First
Lieutenant Yassine Bahti (26) of Morocco became the first airman to
die since a Saudi-led coalition began bombing Iran-backed Huthi
rebels in Yemen on March 26.
2015 May 11, Saudi-led
warplanes pressed air strikes against rebel positions in Yemen, 36
hours before a scheduled five-day pause to allow the delivery of
much-needed humanitarian aid. The air strikes on a rocket base in
Sanaa killed 90 people and wounded 300.
(AFP, 5/11/15)(Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015 May 12, In Yemen at least
69 people were killed and 250 others were wounded by explosions
after Saudi-led warplanes hit an arms depot a day earlier on the
outskirts of Sanaa as bombing continued today.
2015 May 13, King Salman
doubled Saudi Arabia's aid commitment to Yemen to $540 million on
the first day of a humanitarian pause in a bombing campaign it has
led. A jet-fighter from the Saudi-led coalition struck a military
convoy belonging to Shiite rebels and their allies in southern
Yemen, straining the humanitarian, five-day cease-fire.
(AFP, 5/13/15)(AP, 5/13/15)
2015 May 14, In northern Yemen
a helicopter gunship belonging to the Saudi-led coalition targeting
rebels struck a truck early today, killing 9 people.
2015 May 14, Yemeni tribesmen,
who refer to themselves as "Sons of Hadramawt," distributed
pamphlets saying qat chewing is banned and that violators "will be
held fully responsible under Shariah law".
2015 May 15, In Yemen at least
10 people were killed in heavy clashes despite a five-day
humanitarian truce. Aid distribution to the millions deprived of
food, fuel and medicine by weeks of fighting and air strikes
2015 May 16, In southern Yemen
fierce clashes between rebels and pro-government forces killed
dozens, threatening to derail a humanitarian ceasefire. The clashes
came after overnight fighting killed 26 rebels and militiamen loyal
to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as well as 14 pro-government
2015 May 17, In Yemen at least
10 people were killed in overnight battles in Taiz between Houthis
2015 May 18, In Yemen Saudi-led
airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels resumed and fierce clashes were
underway across the country after a five-day truce expired.
2015 May 19, Yemeni political
factions voiced support for Saudi-led forces fighting Iran-backed
rebels, calling for safe zones allowing the exiled government to
resume its duties. The UN said that some 1,850 people had been
killed and more than 500,000 displaced as a result of the conflict
raging in Yemen since late March.
2015 May 21, In southern Yemen
Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out fresh raids on rebel
positions as pro-government tribesmen advanced on Shiite Huthi
strongholds in the north. Saudi shells hit an international
humanitarian aid office in northern Yemen, killing 5 Ethiopian
refugees and wounding ten.
(AFP, 5/21/15)(Reuters, 5/21/15)
2015 May 24, In Yemen Saudi
forces and Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire overnight,
which destroyed part of the Haradh border crossing, the main border
crossing between the two countries. In Taiz Houthi forces and
pro-Hadi fighters fired tank and artillery shells at each other
throughout the city overnight, killing 5 civilians. Local fighters
combating the Houthis in the south said they killed 8 Houthi
fighters in an ambush in Dalea province.
2015 May 25, In Yemen local
Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the
southern city of Dalea, inflicting the first significant setback on
the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil war. In Taiz Houthi
fighters pushed back Sunni tribal and Islamist militiamen in heavy
street combat. Shelling hit a fuel storage tank which set off an
explosion, killing 10 people.
2015 May 26, In northern Yemen
7 members of a family were killed in an overnight strike by
Saudi-led warplanes on a border village. In the south the Saudi-led
air force launched nearly 20 raids on Houthi fighters in the port
city of Aden.
2015 May 27, Saudi-led air
strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen's border with Saudi
Arabia and in the capital Sanaa, the deadliest day of bombing in
over two months of war. Two Saudi border guards were killed and five
wounded by shells fired from Yemeni territories late today, as the
UN said the war's death toll was close to 2,000.
(Reuters, 5/27/15)(Reuters, 5/28/15)
2015 May 31, In Yemen aircraft
from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Houthi outposts throughout the
country. Yemen's exiled government in Saudi Arabia said that senior
Houthi officials are holding talks with the United States in
neighboring Oman to help end the nine-week conflict. Human Rights
Watch published new evidence alleging a Saudi-led coalition is using
internationally banned cluster bombs in Yemen.
(Reuters, 5/31/15)(AFP, 5/31/15)
2015 Jun 1, In Yemen at least 8
civilians were killed and 20 wounded in explosions sparked by
Saudi-led air strikes on rebel arms depots in Sanaa. Some 15 Houthi
fighters were killed in clashes late today with pro-Hadi fighters in
(AFP, 6/1/15) (Reuters, 6/2/15)
2015 Jun 2, In Yemen armed
tribesmen killed 18 Houthi fighters in an ambush in the central
province of Ibb. 4 people died of dengue fever in the battle-scarred
district of Crater.
(Reuters, 6/2/15)(Reuters, 6/3/15)
2015 Jun 3, In Yemen Saudi-led
air strikes killed a group of around 20 Houthi fighters outside the
southern port city of Aden and also shook the capital Sanaa in the
2015 Jun 4, In central Yemen
warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition pounded rebel positions as
air raids intensified amid attempts to revive UN-proposed talks in
2015 Jun 5, Yemen's exiled
government and Huthi Shiite rebels agreed to attend UN-brokered
peace talks in Geneva, provisionally set for June 14, aimed at
ending a more than two-month war that has cost over 2,000 lives.
2015 Jun 5, Four Saudi troops,
including an officer, were reported killed after an attack was
launched from the Yemeni side on border areas in Jizan and Najran.
2015 Jun 6, Yemen's dominant
Houthi group and its army allies fired a Scud missile at Saudi
Arabia which the kingdom says it shot down. Eyewitnesses said around
10 Arab air strikes pounded Houthi positions in Aden's northwest
2015 Jun 7, In Yemen 20
civilians were among at least 45 people killed in Saudi-led air
strikes on the rebel-held armed forces headquarters in Sanaa early
2015 Jun 9, In Yemen a series
of airstrikes from the Saudi-led military coalition targeted the
Defense Ministry building, which is under control of Shiite rebels
who control Sanaa. The airstrikes also targeted the homes of
military commanders allied with the rebels in the northwest Sanaa
district of Hamdan.
2015 Jun 10, In Yemen at least
43 people were killed in heavy fighting overnight and today between
supporters of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the
country's dominant Houthi group.
2015 Jun 10, Kuwait announced
it will send $300 million in humanitarian aid to conflict-hit
neighbors Iraq and Yemen.
2015 Jun 11, In Yemen a
Saudi-led airstrike hit a public bus on a highway north of the
southern city of Aden, splitting the vehicle in half and killing at
least 20 civilian passengers. Airstrikes over the last 48 hours also
hit a family traveling in a private car and a farmer driving a
pick-up truck loaded with potatoes, also near Aden.
2015 Jun 12, In Yemen Saudi-led
airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels and their allies destroyed
historic houses in the center of, Sanaa, a UNESCO world heritage
site. The Saudi-led coalition denied claims that it carried out the
strike, suggesting a rebel ammunition cache may have exploded.
(AP, 6/12/15) (AFP, 6/12/15)
2015 Jun 13, In Yemen 9 people
were killed when Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed a district in
Sanaa inhabited by relatives of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. At
least 60 people were reported wounded.
2015 Jun 13, Six Yemeni men,
long held at Guantanamo Bay, arrived in Oman. This was the first
movement of detainees out of the US prison for terrorism suspects in
five months and reduced the Guantanamo prisoner population to 116.
(AP, 6/13/15)(SSFC, 6/14/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 14, In northern Yemen
Shiite Huthi rebels seized al-Hazm, the main city of Jawf province,
150 km (90 miles) south of the border with Saudi Arabia.
2015 Jun 15, A member of al
Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed the death of Nasir
al-Wahishi (aka al-Wuhayshi) in a US air strike in Yemen last week.
Wuhayshi (38) had led al-Qaida operations in Yemen since 2002.
Military chief Qassem al-Rimi (41) was reported as the new AQAP new
(AFP, 6/16/15)(SFC, 6/16/15,
2015 Jun 15, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the Geneva discussions on Yemen
and called for a humanitarian ceasefire with the start of the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan.
2015 Jun 17, In central Yemen
Houthi fighters blew up the Dhamar city home of senior politician
Abdel-Aziz Jubari while he was in Switzerland as a member of the
exiled government's delegation to peace talks. In Geneva the
UN-sponsored talks between the warring factions went into a second
2015 Jun 17, Al Qaeda militants
in Yemen killed two alleged Saudi spies, accusing them of planting
tracking devices which enabled the assassination of the group's
leader in a suspected US drone strike last week. Saudi-led air
strikes hit a convoy of civilian vehicles killing at least 31
people. Four car bombs hit three mosques and the political
headquarters of the Houthi movement in Sanaa killing at least 4
people and wounding at least 60 others.
(Reuters, 6/17/15)(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A3)
2015 Jun 18, In Yemen around 30
fighters were killed in clashes between Houthi militiamen and
tribesmen in the central province of Mareb.
2015 Jun 18, Southern Yemen
health officials said thousands of people have been diagnosed with
dengue fever. Around 30 fighters were killed in clashes between
Houthi militiamen and tribesmen in the central province of Mareb.
(AP, 6/18/15)(Reuters, 6/18/15)
2015 Jun 19, In Yemen Saudi-led
warplanes bombed elite Republican Guard forces allied with the
dominant Houthi faction. Houthis reported that 9 civilians were
killed in air strikes on the Razeh district of the northern province
of Saada. UN-sponsored ceasefire talks broke off in Geneva without a
deal to end nearly three months of fighting.
2015 Jun 20, In Yemen a car
bomb exploded in Sanaa near the Qiba al-Mahdi mosque, killing 2
people and wounding six others. The Islamic State group claimed
responsibility. Arab air strikes killed 15 people and wounded dozens
across the country late today.
(Reuters, 6/20/15)(Reuters, 6/21/15)
2015 Jun 21, In Yemen rebel
shelling of residential areas in Aden killed at least 3 civilians,
as air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition also hit the southern
2015 Jun 23, In Yemen at least
39 people were killed and dozens wounded in 24 hours of clashes in
the southern cities of Aden and Dhaleh.
2015 Jun 24, Yemen's Shiite
rebels launched two late night attacks along the Saudi Arabia
border, killing three Saudi soldiers and one from the United Arab
(AP, 6/25/15)(Reuters, 6/26/15)
2015 Jun 25, In Yemen men on a
motorbike attacked low-ranking Huthi officer Ibrahim Hassan
al-Sharfi near his Sanaa home late today before they fled. Gunmen
also assaulted a Huthi checkpoint north of Sanaa with machineguns
and rocket-propelled grenades, killing several people. In Dhammar
province pro-government fighters attacked Huthi headquarters,
2015 Jun 26, In Yemen air
strikes by a Saudi-led force hit military bases across Yemen. 10
people were killed in air raids in Jawf.
2015 Jun 27, Yemeni rebels
withdrew some of their forces from the southern city of Aden to
reinforce positions elsewhere.
2015 Jun 29, In Yemen an attack
claimed by the Sunni extremist group on Huthi leaders in the
rebel-held capital Sanaa killed at least 28 people.
2015 Jun 30, A UN report quoted
Yemen health officials as saying that 8,000 people had contracted
dengue fever in Aden since the crisis began in March. An average of
150 new cases of dengue fever and around 11 deaths were being
2015 Jul 1, In Yemen rebel fire
on a residential district of Aden killed at least 31 civilians.
Loyalist forces in central city Taez launched a manhunt for 1,200
2015 Jul 2, In Yemen Saudi-led
air strikes killed 8 people in Sanaa. 2 people were killed and 15
wounded in the latest air strikes on Saada.
2015 Jul 3, In southeastern
Yemen a drone attacked an army base held by al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP), killing 4 suspected militants. Saudi-led air
strikes and clashes in Aden killed 13 Shiite Huthi rebels and 8
(Reuters, 7/3/15)(AP, 7/3/15)
2015 Jul 4, In Yemen 5 children
were among 12 people killed at a shelter in an Aden kindergarten.
2015 Jul 6, In Yemen Saudi-led
warplanes bombed the Sanaa headquarters of the party headed by
rebel-allied former president Ali Abdullah Saleh overnight. More
than 45 civilians were reported killed in a Saudi-led airstrike in
Fayoush. Coalition bombing of a market in a Lahj town killed 41
civilians and six rebels. The Huthi-controlled Saba news agency said
air strikes killed 124 people in Lahj and other parts of Yemen.
(AP, 7/6/15)(SFC, 7/7/15, p.A4)(AFP, 7/8/15)
2015 Jul 7, In Yemen at least
30 soldiers were killed in coalition air raids and clashes after
troops attempted to defect to Iran-backed rebel ranks near the
border with Saudi Arabia. A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in
Sanaa, killing at least one person and wounding five. 4 rebels were
killed and 10 wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted a
police station in rebel-held Baida.
2015 Jul 8, In Yemen some 40
inmates escaped in a jailbreak after coalition jets bombed the area
surrounding a prison in Mahawit province, northwest of Sanaa. Rebels
fired rockets at a residential district killing 8 civilians, among
them 3 children.
2015 Jul 9, In Yemen an air
strike late today hit a school where internally displaced people
have taken refuge in the southern province of Lahj, killing 9 people
and wounding 14 others.
2015 Jul 10, Yemen’s main
warring factions endorsed a UN-brokered humanitarian truce from
midnight today although heavy fighting on the ground and Saudi air
strikes carried on relentlessly.
2015 Jul 10, In southeastern
Yemen two missile strikes by unmanned American drones killed 10
suspected members of Al-Qaeda, including 3 local chiefs at the port
2015 Jul 11, In Yemen a
UN-proposed truce, aimed at delivering desperately needed aid to
millions threatened with famine, failed to take hold. The spokesman
for the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels in
airstrikes since March said the coalition is not bound by the new
(AFP, 7/11/15)(AP, 7/11/15)
2015 Jul 12, In Yemen at least
10 people were killed in air strikes overnight, as a Saudi-led
coalition continued bombing Sanaa in violation of a temporary
2015 Jul 13, In Yemen rebels
and medical officials said a Saudi-led coaltion airstrike on a
residential area of Sanaa killed 25 civilians and wounded at least
(SFC, 7/14/15, p.A2)
2015 Jul 14, Yemeni forces
battling the Shiite rebels in the country's south said they have
taken control of the airport in the strategic port city of Aden and
that they have driven the rebels into a part of the city jutting out
into the sea. The Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes in
2015 Jul 15, In Yemen loyalists
of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, buoyed by their
recapture of the airport, seized more ground in second city Aden as
they pressed their biggest fightback yet against Iran-backed rebels.
Saudi-led warplanes carried out six raids on rebel positions before
2015 Jul 16, In Yemen fighting
intensified in the southern port city of Aden as Saudi-backed troops
pushed to drive Shiite rebels out of several neighborhoods. The
Shiite rebels meanwhile fired rockets at the city's airport, killing
at least 3 people. Senior members of the exiled administration flew
into Aden to make preparations for the government's return.
(AP, 7/16/15)(Reuters, 7/16/15)
2015 Jul 17, A Yemeni
government spokesman said that government troops are consolidating
control of the southern port city of Aden, with only a few
"terrorist pockets" of Shiite rebels remaining to be cleared out.
2015 Jul 18, In Yemen local
fighters and army forces wrested two military bases from Houthi
forces overnight, building on a week of gains against the country's
dominant faction. Islamic State in Yemen issued a statement and
several photographs online claiming for the first time to have taken
part in the clashes in Aden.
2015 Jul 19, In Yemen the
Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi positions north of Aden and in
Dar Saad killing at least 55 rebels. The death toll in Aden reached
(AP, 7/19/15)(Reuters, 7/21/15)(SFC, 7/21/15,
2015 Jul 20, In Yemen a
spokesman said local fighters and army units backed by the exiled
government have taken control of Tawahi, the last district of
central Aden still held by the Iran-allied Houthi militia and its
2015 Jul 21, Yemeni fighters
backed by Saudi-led air strikes battled to take back northern
suburbs of Aden from Houthi opponents, a day after completing their
capture of the center of the strategic port city. The UN said that
over 3,600 people have died during the almost four months of air
raids and civil war in Yemen.
2015 Jul 22, In Yemen a Saudi
military plane loaded with arms for fighters loyal to Yemen's
deposed president landed at Aden airport, the first flight to reach
the embattled port city in four months.
2015 Jul 23, Yemeni troops and
local militias, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, seized full
control of the strategic port city of Aden after repelling Shiite
rebels from their last holdout in this southern city and pushed to
solidify their gains.
2015 Jul 24, In Yemen Saudi-led
coalition airstrikes killed more than 120 civilians and wounded more
than 150 after shelling a residential area in the Taiz province.
2015 Jul 25, Saudi-led
coalition forces announced a five-day humanitarian ceasefire would
take effect starting July 26 evening at the request of exiled
president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Southern secessionist forces
allied to a Saudi-led coalition captured Houthi military commander
(Reuters, 7/25/15)(Reuters, 7/26/15)
2015 Jul 26, Yemeni forces
allied with a Saudi-led coalition fought Houthi militia for control
of the country's largest air base north of Aden. Residents said
forces of the so-called Southern Resistance, a secessionist movement
allied with the coalition, had taken and Sabr, a northern district
of Aden. The residents reported 25 Houthis and 10 Southern
Resistance fighters had been killed. A bomb exploded underneath a
passenger bus in Sanaa, killing 3 people and wounding five.
2015 Jul 27, Yemeni military
sources Saudi-led coalition warplanes hit positions of
pro-government forces in south Yemen by mistake, killing 12 people
on the first day of a humanitarian truce.
2015 Jul 28, In Yemen Saudi-led
warplanes resumed raids on rebels, who clashed with loyalists. Air
strikes targeted rebels north of Aden, rebels in nearby Lahj
province and a rebel convoy near Sabr. Other raids hit a building
occupied by insurgents in Jaawala. An overnight strike hit rebels in
Marib east of Sanaa.
2015 Jul 28, The UN said the
civilian death toll from four months of fighting in Yemen has risen
to nearly 1,900, with at least 202 people killed over the past 12
2015 Jul 29, In Yemen Saudi-led
warplanes bombed targets in northerly Saada province. A car bomb
exploded outside the Ismaili Al Faydh Alhatemy mosque in an eastern
district of Sanaa, killing 3 people and wounding seven. The Islamic
State militant group claimed responsibility. Ismailis are a minority
Shi'ite Muslim sect, as are the Zaydi Shi'ites, a community whose
interests the Houthi group says it defends. Al-Qaida made 6 captured
Houthi fighters, who were in their early 20s, kneel and kiss their
hands before shooting them in Dar Saad.
(Reuters, 7/29/15)(AP, 7/30/15)
2015 Jul 29, From Saudi Arabia
Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi ordered that
militias battling Shiite rebels in Yemen be merged with his national
army, in an apparent attempt to unify ground forces.
2015 Jul 30, Yemeni forces
backed up by Saudi-led coalition air strikes recaptured positions on
the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into
the southern port city. Abyan province residents and local officials
said 4 suspected members of the al Qaeda affiliated Ansar al-Sharia
militant group were killed in an overnight air strike by an unmanned
2015 Jul 31, Southern Yemeni
fighters backed by a Saudi-led air coalition took more territory
from Houthi militiamen, expanding their control around the port city
of Aden. They reported 14 Houthis were killed and 40 captured. Local
officials said 9 soldiers were killed and 30 wounded in a car
bombing at an army base by suspected Islamist militants in southern
2015 Aug 1, Yemeni PM Khaled
Bahah flew to the devastated port of Aden from Saudi exile, two
weeks after loyalist forces ousted Shiite rebels from the city.
Government forces pressed an advance north and east of Aden to
dislodge rebels still entrenched in Lahj and Abyan provinces.
2015 Aug 3, In Yemen hundreds
of pro-government troops and dozens of tanks and armored personnel
carriers pushed north toward the al-Anad military base, as Saudi-led
coalition airstrikes cleared the path for their advance. Houthi
rebels appeared to have lost most of their heavy weapons in a battle
to defend the al-Anad in Lahj.
(AP, 8/3/15)(AP, 8/5/15)
2015 Aug 4, Doctors Without
Borders (MSF) said that health services in Yemen were "nearing
collapse", with pregnant women dying for lack of transport and
hospitals under fire from snipers.
2015 Aug 5, In Yemen five
civilians were killed in Taiz in clashes between rebels and
pro-government troops at a state security building that the Houthis
have been using as a base since March.
2015 Aug 6, Yemeni officials
said the local al-Qaida branch has exploited the chaos in this
embattled country to capture three towns near Aden, where
pro-government forces have been advancing against Shiite rebels in
2015 Aug 7, Saudi-backed Yemeni
officials said pro-government forces have retaken Labouza base, the
last military base in the country's south that was held by Shiite
rebels known as Houthis.
2015 Aug 7, Turkey’s official
Anatolia news agency reported that the government has frozen the
assets of officials from Yemen's former regime including
ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, along with Huthi rebel leaders. The
freeze will be in place until February 26, 2016.
2015 Aug 8, In Yemen
pro-government forces, strengthened by tanks newly supplied by a
Saudi-led coalition, launched an offensive to retake Zinjibar, the
rebel-held capital of Abyan province. A Saudi-led coalition
airstrike hit allied fighters in a friendly fire incident, killing
at least 20 fighters on a coastal road as they headed toward
(AFP, 8/8/15) (AP, 8/9/15)
2015 Aug 8, UAE state news
agency WAM said 3 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates have been
killed while taking part in a Saudi-led military campaign against
Yemen's dominant Houthi group.
2015 Aug 9, In Yemen forces
loyal to the exiled government recaptured Zinjibar, the capital of
Abyan province, from Shiite rebels and their allies as they pressed
an advance from second city Aden.
2015 Aug 10, In Yemen fighters
opposed to the dominant Houthi movement seized four districts in the
central province of Ibb, bringing the armed resistance closer to the
group's stronghold in the capital Sanaa.
2015 Aug 11, In Yemen
militiamen clashed with the dominant Houthi group inside the city of
Ibb, in their latest significant advance into territory the Houthis
had held unopposed for months. Clashes with Houthi forces also raged
in the central provinces of al-Bayda and Shabwa. Al Qaeda said it
carried out 12 separate gun and bomb attacks on Houthi fighters in
the central province on al-Bayda.
(Reuters, 8/11/15)(Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015 Aug 12, In eastern Yemen a
suspected US drone strike killed 5 al Qaeda men in their car while
they were traveling on a coast road east of the port of Mukalla.
2015 Aug 13, In Yemen mortar
rounds fired by Shiite Houthi rebels killed 6 civilians in the
central city of Taiz.
2015 Aug 14, In Yemen hundreds
of women protested in the country's rebel-held capital of Sanaa over
a shortage of gasoline.
2015 Aug 15, In Yemen forces
loyal to the exiled government retook a fifth southern province,
extending recent gains against Iran-backed Shiite rebels who still
control Sanaa. The rebels handed over Shabwa province to government
forces and withdrew after being promised a safe route out.
2015 Aug 16, In Yemen militia
forces loyal to the exiled government fought their way deep into the
central city of Taiz, largely pushing out Houthi militiamen from the
country's third largest city.
2015 Aug 17, In Yemen heavy
fighting between government loyalists and rebels for control of Taez
left at least 81 people dead in the past 24 hours.
2015 Aug 17, The Saudi military
said 2 soldiers have been killed along the border by a missile fired
from inside Yemen.
2015 Aug 18, In Yemen warplanes
from a Saudi-led coalition hit the Houthi-controlled Red Sea port of
Hodeida, destroying cranes and warehouses in the main entry point
for aid supplies to the north. Houthi rebels ambushed pro-government
forces. Fighting near the Aqaba-Tharaa area left 65 anti-rebel
forces dead along with 15 Shiite rebels. In the north a Saudi-led
coalition air strike killed 13 teaching staff and four children in
Amran province. 5 Huthis were also killed in the
(Reuters, 8/18/15)(SFC, 8/19/15, p.A3)(AFP,
2015 Aug 20, In Yemen an
improvised explosive device went off Gov. Nayef al-Bakry's office in
Aden killing 4 people with 10 wounded. Air strikes led by Saudi
Arabia killed 43 people in the central city of Taiz. Houthi attacks
on the city killed 13 people, including 7 children.
(AP, 8/20/15)(Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015 Aug 21, In Yemen 3
suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in an apparent US drone
strike in Marib province.
2015 Aug 21, In Yemen a
helicopter from the Saudi-led forces battling anti-government
fighters crashed along the Saudi border, killing the two pilots.
Huthi rebels said they have shot down a Saudi Apache helicopter. 53
civilians died in Saudi-led air strikes on Taiz that also hit 20
(AFP, 8/21/15)(Reuters, 9/1/15)
2015 Aug 22, In Yemen al-Qaida
militants took Tawahi district, home to a presidential palace and
Aden's main port, and were patrolling the streets, some carrying
black banners. The militants also took Crater, Aden's commercial
center, and parts of Dar Saad town, just north of Aden, including an
army base that they turned into a training camp.
2015 Aug 23, In Yemen the
Saudi-led coalition bombed rebel positions near the Bab el-Mandeb
strait to weaken them in preparation for a ground offensive there.
13 Houthi fighters reported were killed in the airstrikes. 4
suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed overnight in an apparent US
drone strike in Mukalla.
(AP, 8/23/15)(AFP, 8/23/15)
2015 Aug 23, The United Arab
Emirates said that its military freed British hostage Robert Douglas
Semple (64) who was kidnapped 18 months ago by al-Qaida in Yemen.
The UAE has military forces in Aden and is part of a Saudi-led
coalition of mostly Arab countries that has been bombing the Houthis
and their allies since late March.
2015 Aug 23, In Yemen
Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired rockets into a residential district
of Taez, killing 14 civilians, mostly women and children.
2015 Aug 24, In Yemen
unidentified gunmen raided the office of the International Committee
of the Red Cross in Aden, holding staff at gunpoint and stealing
cars, cash and equipment.
2015 Aug 25, In Yemen about 100
Saudi forces arrived in Aden to help rebuild the local police force.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it has
temporarily suspended its activities in Aden after its office was
raided by unidentified gunmen a day earlier. Al-Qaeda dynamited a
headquarters of the secret police in Mukalla.
(Reuters, 8/25/15)(AFP, 8/26/15)
2015 Aug 26, In Yemen al-Qaeda
militants blew up an army headquarters and set up checkpoints in the
jihadist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, Hadramawt
province. Yemeni army units allied to the Houthi militia fired a
ballistic missile toward southern Saudi Arabia but the Saudi
military said it intercepted it and retaliated with air strikes on
(AFP, 8/26/15)(Reuters, 8/26/15)
2015 Aug 28, The Yemeni army
said it has recruited 4,800 southern fighters following a
presidential decision to integrate loyalist militiamen who helped
push Iran-backed rebels out of second city Aden.
2015 Aug 28, In southeastern
Yemen witnesses said Al-Qaeda militants have publicly flogged 10 men
in Hadramawt province for insulting God and consuming alcohol and
drugs. Each man received between 80 and 100 lashes.
2015 Aug 29, In Yemen warplanes
from the Saudi-led coalition hit rebel positions as reinforcements
reached pro-government forces preparing for an anticipated advance
towards the capital.
2015 Aug 30, In Yemen gunmen on
a motorbike shot dead Colonel Abdelhakim al-Sanidi, the director of
security operations in Aden. A Saudi-led coalition air raid struck a
factory in northern Yemen killing 17 civilians and 14 Shiite Huthi
2015 Sep 1, In Yemen 17 rebels
were killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes that also
"mistakenly" left 3 pro-government fighters dead over the past 24
hours in Baihan, a region between the provinces of Shabwa which is
government-held, and oil-rich Marib which both sides are fighting to
2015 Sep 1, The UN said 95
civilians have been killed in the past two weeks in Yemen's
southwestern city of Taiz where a collapsing health care service and
outbreak of dengue fever are compounding a dire humanitarian
2015 Sep 2, In Yemen 2 local
Red Cross employees were shot dead in the northern province of Amran
by an unknown attacker. At least 32 people were killed and dozens
wounded in two bombings near a mosque in a northern district of
(Reuters, 9/2/15)(AFP, 9/3/15)
2015 Sep 4, In Yemen
Iranian-allied Houthis attacked a weapons storage facility in Marib
killing 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 5
Bahrainis, 10 Saudis and 4 Yemenis.
(Reuters, 9/4/15)(AFP, 9/5/15)(Reuters, 9/6/15)
2015 Sep 4, President Barack
Obama hosted Saudi Arabia's new monarch for the first time and said
that the US shares King Salman's desire for an inclusive government
in Yemen that can relieve that impoverished Arab country's
2015 Sep 6, Saudi-led coalition
jets bombed a Houthi military position and army bases in the Yemeni
capital Sanaa through the night and into this morning in what
appeared to be further retaliation for the killing of dozens of
coalition soldiers two days ago.
2015 Sep 6, More than 250
people injured in Yemen's conflict were flown in to Jordan for
2015 Sep 7, Some 1,000 Qatar
ground troops arrived in Yemen, escalating Gulf Arab intervention in
Yemen's war ahead of a planned offensive against Iranian-backed
Houthis holding the capital Sanaa. At least 15 civilians were killed
in Saudi-led air strikes.
(Reuters, 9/7/15)(Reuters, 9/8/15)
2015 Sep 8, In Yemen a
Saudi-led alliance launched more air strikes Sanaa and more foreign
troops were reported to be moving into the country as the campaign
to rout Houthi forces intensified. 15 citizens were reported killed
and 77 were wounded in the attacks.
2015 Sep 9, In Yemen warplanes
of the Saudi-led coalition bombed Shiite Huthi rebel positions in
Sanaa, stepping up attacks in the wake of a deadly missile strike on
2015 Sep 10, In Yemen war
planes from a Saudi-led military alliance bombed Sanaa, in what
witnesses described as the fiercest attacks on the city in over five
months of war. Residents of Mukalla said 3 suspected al Qaeda
militants were killed in an apparent drone strike on a vehicle near
2015 Sep 11, Yemeni security
and health officials said two days of airstrikes by a Saudi-led
coalition targeting Shiite rebels killed 7 civilians in Sanaa.
Saudi-led raids killed at least 16 civilians nationwide.
2015 Sep 11, India said the
bodies of six Indian seamen missing since their boat was apparently
hit by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen have been found and a
seventh is still missing. Boats carrying 21 Indian nationals had
been hit as they traveled across the Red Sea to the Yemeni port of
Mokha on September 8.
2015 Sep 12, In Yemen Saudi-led
raids killed at least 16 civilians nationwide. A suspected US drone
strike killed at least 5 al Qaeda fighters, including mid-level
commander Othman al-Sanaani, gathered inside a military base outside
the eastern coastal city of Mukalla.
2015 Sep 13, Yemen's exiled
government pulled out of UN-mediated peace talks with its Houthi
adversaries as troops from the Saudi-led coalition that is seeking
to restore it took part in ground fighting in a central province for
the first time.
2015 Sep 14, In Yemen
Saudi-backed loyalist forces pressed an offensive against Shiite
Huthi rebels, the second day of a major campaign aimed at retaking
the capital a year after its fall.
2015 Sep 15, Yemeni loyalist
forces, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, said they were
advancing in a key province east of Sanaa, on the third day of a
major offensive against rebels.
2015 Sep 16, Yemeni PM Khaled
Bahah returned to the southern port of Aden in a step towards
restoring a government on home soil after months of working from
exile with Gulf Arab allies to fight against Houthi control of the
country. The conflict has killed more than 4,500 people over nearly
2015 Sep 17, In Yemen the
Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels pounded the insurgents'
positions with heavy artillery fire on the outskirts of the central
city of Marib, part of their push to retake the capital, Sanaa.
2015 Sep 18, In Yemen at least
14 pro-government troops were killed overnight when a Saudi-led
coalition air raid targeted their position "by mistake" in the
region of Harib. The United Nations' children's agency said it was
"appalled" that vital water supplies, which were intended to help
11,000 people, were destroyed in the bombing of a warehouse used by
the agency in southern Sanaa. Raids on the rebel-held capital killed
15 people, 10 of them civilians.
(AFP, 9/18/15)(AP, 9/19/15)(AFP, 9/20/15)
2015 Sep 18, Saudi authorities
said incoming fire from Yemen hit a residence for construction
workers in the south, killing at least 3 people and wounding 28.
2015 Sep 19, In Yemen overnight
airstrikes carried out by a Saudi-led coalition against Shiite
rebels and their allies killed 29 people, including civilians, in
2015 Sep 20, Yemen's Shiite
Houthi rebels released six foreigners whom they were holding
hostage. They included three Americans, two Saudis and a British
national and flew out of Sanaa to Oman. Saudi-led air strikes on a
security complex controlled by Shiite rebels in Ibb province killed
11 people, some of them prisoners.
(AP, 9/20/15)(AFP, 9/20/15)
2015 Sep 21, In Yemen Saudi
alliance raids killed around 50 people.
2015 Sep 22, Yemeni President
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi landed in Aden airport, returning to the
southern port city for the first time since he escaped to Saudi
Arabia as Houthi fighters closed in six months ago. Saudi alliance
warplanes bombed two houses in the capital Sanaa, killing at least
20 people. The Saudi Defense Ministry said that two Saudi soldiers
strayed into enemy territory in Yemen and are presumed to be in the
hands of the Houthis.
2015 Sep 22, In Yemen an
overnight US drone strike killed 2 suspected members of Al-Qaeda on
the outskirts of the city of Marib.
2015 Sep 24, In Yemen as many
as 25 Muslim worshippers performing Eid al-Adha prayers were killed
when Islamic State suicide bomber Abu Omar al-Hadidi, disguised as a
woman, blew himself up at the al-Balili mosque, run by the Houthi
group, just outside the Old City of Sanaa. 4 children and an adult
were killed when Houthis and their allies fired mortar shells into a
residential neighborhood in the city of Taiz.
(Reuters, 9/24/15)(AP, 9/24/15)
2015 Sep 25, Yemen officials
said airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels
as well as fighting on the ground between rebels and pro-government
fighters in the central city of Taiz have killed at least 13 people
and wounded dozens.
2015 Sep 26, In Yemen Gulf
troops and allied tribesmen continued heavy ground battles with
militiamen and their allies in Yemen's army in the desert province
of Marib. At least 20 bodies from both sides were seen on the
battlefield. Saudi Brigadier Gen. Ibrahim Omar Ibrahim Hamzi died
the next day of wounds.
2015 Sep 26, Arab coalition
forces waging a military campaign against Houthi fighters in Yemen
seized an Iranian boat loaded with weapons in the Arabian Sea on its
way to deliver supplies to the group.
2015 Sep 27, Yemen’s Pres.
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged Shiite rebels to lay down their arms
and resume dialogue to end conflict, as he left for the UN General
Assembly. Air strikes by helicopters from a Saudi-led alliance
killed 25 civilians in the village of Bani Zela.
(AFP, 9/27/15)(Reuters, 9/27/15)
2015 Sep 28, In southwest Yemen
at least 40 people were killed when a wedding hall was bombarded in
a suspected Saudi-led coalition air strike in Wahijah village near
Mokha. The death toll was soon raised to 131. The Saudi-led
coalition denied it was behind the incident.
(AFP, 9/28/15)(AFP, 9/29/15)
2015 Sep, Egypt sent 800 men to
Yemen to join the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels.
(Econ, 9/12/15, p.45)
2015 Oct 1, Loyalist Yemeni
troops and Gulf Arab forces seized the Bab al-Mandab Strait
connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden from Houthi fighters.
2015 Oct 2, The UN backed a
Saudi-led resolution to support Yemen in setting up a national
inquiry into human rights violations.
2015 Oct 4, Yemeni security
officials said fierce battles were ongoing between pro-government
fighters clashing with Shiite Houthi rebels and allied military
units along Yemen's Red Sea coast. Medical officials in nearby Taiz
said at least 14 dead bodies from Houthi forces arrived from the
2015 Oct 6, In Yemen
unidentified assailants fired missiles at an Aden hotel housing
Yemeni officials and at a Gulf military base in Aden. An unknown
number of people were killed or injured in the attack. The Islamic
State in Yemen claimed coordinated suicide bombings targeting the
Yemeni government and the Arab military coalition in the southern
city of Aden that killed 15 Arab and Yemeni troops.
2015 Oct 6, In Yemen an evening
suicide bombing outside a mosque in the insurgent-held capital of
Sanaa killed 7 people.
2015 Oct 6, The UN refugee
agency (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM)
said more than 114,000 people have fled war-torn Yemen, and the
figure could reach at least 200,000 by the end of 2016.
2015 Oct 7, Yemen's Houthi
group and the party of the former president have accepted a peace
plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman, paving the way
for resuming negotiations to end months of conflict in the country.
2015 Oct 7, In Yemen a
suspected Saudi-led air strike killed at least 28 people at a
wedding in the rebel-held town of Sanban, Dhamar province. Abdullah
al-Sanabani (15), a child prodigy who once dreamed of leading a
Yemeni space program, faced the loss of his leg and fingers
following the air strike which left him badly burned.
(AFP, 10/8/15)(Reuters, 10/30/15)
2015 Oct 9, Yemeni security
officials said pro-government forces have driven Shiite rebels from
the strategic seaside town of Dhubab after three days of heavy
clashes that killed nearly 100 fighters. Warplanes from the
Saudi-led coalition raided positions of the Iran-backed Shiite
insurgents in the west of Marib province.
(AP, 10/9/15)(AFP, 10/9/15)
2015 Oct 10, In Yemen Al-Qaeda
claimed to have killed 4 men suspected of practicing witchcraft and
sorcery in an area controlled by the jihadists.
2015 Oct 13, In Yemen
airstrikes from a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels killed
8 rebel fighters in a renewed attempt to cut their supply lines to
2015 Oct 14, In southern Yemen
thousands called for secession at a demonstration in Aden.
(Econ, 10/24/15, p.47)
2015 Oct 16, In Yemen an
Emirati officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in the southern
port city of Aden, the sixth assassination of pro-government troop
leaders and officials in recent weeks. Shiite Houthi rebels drove
pro-government troops out of southern Bayda province following two
months of heavy fighting.
(AP, 10/17/15)(SFC, 10/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 19, Yemen said it has
accepted an invitation from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to for
talks with Shiite rebels at the end of this month to discuss the
implementation of a UN resolution that calls for the end of the
2015 Oct 21, In Yemen at least
22 civilians were killed and several others wounded as rockets
allegedly fired by rebels crashed into the city of Taez.
2015 Oct 22, In Yemen forces
loyal to Pres. Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi killed at least 20 Houthi
militia fighters in heavy clashes in Taiz.
2015 Oct 23, Yemeni security
officials said heavy fighting between pro-government forces and the
Shiite Houthi rebels besieging the western city of Taiz killed 71
people in the past two days.
2015 Oct 25, In Yemen about 30
Islamic militants stormed a supermarket in Aden, firing into the air
and taking hostages.
2015 Oct 26, In Yemen a
suspected al Qaeda suicide bomber killed two militiamen at a
checkpoint in the southern city of Aden.
2015 Oct 26, Yemeni residents
reported that a coalition air strike killed Haradh hospital director
Yasser Wathab and two people he was traveling with in a car in the
northwestern province of Hajja. Several shells fired from
Houthi-held north Yemen over the border into the Saudi city of
Najran killed 2 foreign residents and wounded a Saudi citizen. A
hospital in north Yemen run by medical aid group Medecins Sans
Frontieres (MSF) was bombed in a Saudi-led air strike, wrecking the
facility and lightly wounding two staff members.
2015 Oct 28, In Yemen warplanes
from a Saudi-led alliance bombed the Iran-allied Houthi movement
throughout Yemen and dropped weapons for its allies battling the
group in the southwestern city of Taiz. Militants bombed a local
college in the southern city of Aden, following previous threats
against the school.
(Reuters, 10/28/15)(AP, 10/28/15)
2015 Oct 31, In Yemen overnight
clashes left 19 rebels and 14 Popular Resistance fighters dead in
several southern provinces as Saudi-led coalition aircraft targeted
the Iran-backed insurgents.
2015 Nov 1, In Yemen Cyclone
Chapala killed one person, injured nine and seriously damaged or
destroyed at least 20 homes on the remote island of Socotra. 3 more
people were killed the next day as the cyclone headed for the
(AP, 11/1/15)(Reuters, 11/2/15)
2015 Nov 3, Yemeni security
officials said fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents
has killed over 33 people in the past 24 hours in Taiz.
2015 Nov 3, In Yemen Chapala
was downgraded to a Category 1 cyclone as it hit the southeastern
coastline. Heavy flooding was reported in parts of Mukalla.
(SFC, 11/4/15, p.A3)
2015 Nov 5, Russia sent a plane
to rebel-controlled Yemen carrying what Moscow said was more than 20
tons of humanitarian aid for the conflict-torn country.
2015 Nov 6, In southern Yemen
at least 19 people were killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes
and clashes between pro-government forces and rebels.
2015 Nov 6, A Saudi woman and a
child were killed in the border region of Najran by a shell fired
2015 Nov 8, Yemeni medical
sources and residents said more than 50 people were killed in the
past two days in fighting pitting an Arab coalition against Houthi
fighters backed by troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah
2015 Nov 8, In Yemen another
cyclone made landfall on Socotra island. At least two people were
killed and dozens injured.
2015 Nov 11, Qatar reported its
first casualty in the conflict in Yemen saying that one of its
soldiers was killed fighting with a Saudi-led coalition against
Shiite rebels there.
2015 Nov 12, In southern Yemen
Saudi-led coalition air strikes and attacks by pro-government forces
killed at least 24 rebels, where the insurgents have been pushing to
regain lost ground.
2015 Nov 13, In Yemen A bomb
exploded during midday prayers at a mosque frequented by Houthi
supporters in the northwestern Mahwit region, killing several
worshippers and wounding others in Shibam.
2015 Nov 16, Yemeni loyalists
and Saudi-led coalition forces launched an offensive to retake the
key battleground province of Taez from Iran-backed rebels. Saudi-led
airstrikes and clashes killed some 40 Shiite rebels and their allies
over the past 24 hours. 25 pro-Hadi fighters were killed in an
ambush laid for them by Houthi and Saleh forces at the Bab
al-Mandeb. 20 Houthi fighters were killed in fighting and coalition
air strikes. A family of 8 were killed in an air strike on Taiz.
(AFP, 11/16/15)(AP, 11/16/15)(Reuters, 11/17/15)
2015 Nov 17, Yemen's exiled
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi returned to the southern port city
of Aden to rally forces loyal to him in the country's civil war and
oversee a campaign to retake the city of Taiz.
2015 Nov 20, In Yemen Islamic
State claimed responsibility for an attack on the army in the
eastern region of Hadramawt that a security source said killed at
least 19 soldiers and 35 militants.
2015 Nov 22, In Yemen
pro-government forces pressed their advance to recapture the
southwestern province of Taez but were slowed by landmines planted
by Shiite rebels.
2015 Nov 26, It was reported
that the United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of
Colombian mercenaries to the conflict in Yemen. 450 Latin American
troops also included Panamanian, Salvadoran and Chilean soldiers.
(SFC, 11/26/15, p.A8)
2015 Nov 27, Human Rights Watch
alleged that at least 10 air strikes carried out by a Saudi-led
coalition in Yemen broke the laws of war and killed civilians.
2015 Nov 28, On the southern
coast of Yemen warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit two small
boats allegedly carrying weapons to Iran-backed Huthi rebels.
2015 Nov 29, Yemeni loyalists
supported by a Saudi-led coalition battled to oust Iran-backed
rebels from a southern province where they have made gains in recent
weeks, with at least 16 reported dead.
2015 Nov 29, Three Saudi border
soldiers were killed after exchanging fire with "enemy elements"
trying to cross the border from Yemen to attack two watch towers.
2015 Nov 30, Dozens of Yemeni
Houthi fighters were reportedly killed during an assault on the
border with Saudi Arabia.
2015 Dec 2, In southern Yemen
Al-Qaeda fighters drove pro-government forces out of the town of
Jaar, in fighting that killed 15 people.
2015 Dec 5, Yemeni President
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi met with a UN envoy in Aden to agree on
peace talks with Shiite Houthi rebels set to begin in mid-December.
2015 Dec 5, In Yemen masked
gunmen killed prominent Judge Mohsen Alwan, who was known for
sentencing al-Qaida militants to prison in the southern port city of
2015 Dec 6, In Yemen General
Jaafar Mohammed Saad, the governor of Aden, was killed by a car bomb
in the port city. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the
attack that also killed at least 6 members of Saad's entourage.
2015 Dec 9, The UN said more
than 170,000 people have fled war-torn Yemen for the Horn of Africa
and the Gulf, as they appealed for $94 million in aid.
2015 Dec 12, Yemeni officials
said a seven-day ceasefire will start Dec 14, the day before planned
UN-sponsored peace talks in Switzerland. In southern Yemen 9 rebels
and 4 pro-government fighters were killed in clashes late today.
(Reuters, 12/12/15)(AFP, 12/13/15)
2015 Dec 13, In Yemen saudi
coalition warplanes early struck a rebel military convoy between the
strategic Taez province and Lahj, killing 7 people. 12 rebels were
killed when loyalist artillery hit two rebel vehicles near the city
of Damt. Medical and military sources said at least 44 people have
been killed in Saudi-led coalition air raids and fighting between
Yemeni loyalists and rebels ahead of a possible ceasefire.
2015 Dec 14, In Yemen fierce
fighting was underway between forces loyal to the internationally
recognized government and the country's Shiite rebels just hours
before an agreed-on truce was supposed to start at midnight. Saudi
Col. Abdullah Mohammed al-Sahyan and Emirati officer Sultan Mohammed
Ali al-Ketbi were killed in Taiz.
2015 Dec 15, In Yemen a
ceasefire took effect as warring sides began UN-brokered peace talks
in Switzerland. Rebel artillery and tanks killed 7 civilians in
residential districts of Taez. The World Health Organization
outlined plans to take advantage of a ceasefire to distribute
medical supplies across the crisis-hit country.
2015 Dec 16, In Yemen clashes
were underway along several front lines, claiming at least 42 lives
and undermining a day-old cease-fire and peace talks between the
internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels taking place
in Switzerland. Saudi-led air strikes hit positions of the
Iran-allied Houthi group in two conflict zones. Warring parties
agreed to exchange hundreds of prisoners in a move aimed at
supporting UN-sponsored peace talks.
(AP, 12/16/15)(Reuters, 12/16/15)
2015 Dec 17, Participants at
Yemeni peace talks hosted by the United Nations in Switzerland
agreed on the full resumption of humanitarian aid to the city of
2015 Dec 18, Yemeni troops
loyal to Pres. Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi gained control of Al-Hazm,
capital of the northwestern al-Jawf province. Peace talks in
Switzerland were halted after the country's Shiite Houthi rebel
delegation suspended all meetings.
(Reuters, 12/18/15)(AP, 12/18/15)
2015 Dec 19, Yemeni negotiators
in Switzerland taking part in UN-sponsored peace talks agreed to
form a committee to oversee a fragile ceasefire after fresh fighting
imperiled their efforts to end Yemen's civil war. Yemeni security
officials said clashes in Hajjah Province near the Saudi border
between rebel-allied units and pro-government Yemeni forces have
killed more than 75 over the past three days.
(Reuters, 12/19/15)(AP, 12/19/15)
2015 Dec 19, In Saudi Arabia
shelling from Yemen killed a Saudi citizen and two Indian workers.
2015 Dec 20, Yemeni peace talks
concluded in Switzerland without an agreement to end nine months of
civil war and foreign intervention. Rival factions will resume
negotiations on Jan 14.
2015 Dec 21, Saudi Arabia
intercepted multiple missiles fired before dawn by Houthi rebels
from Yemen towards its southern border region.
(AFP, 12/21/15)(SFC, 12/22/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 22, Yemeni officials
said a Saudi-led coalition has launched more than a dozen airstrikes
against anti-government rebels in Taiz province, killing at least
2015 Dec 22, In Yemen
unidentified gunmen shot dead resistance leader Jalal al-Awbali in
the Dar Saad district of northern Aden.
2015 Dec 25, In Yemen
assailants shot dead Commander Jarallah Salhi, a senior intelligence
officer, in Marib city east of the capital Sanaa.
2015 Dec 26, Yemeni officials
said overnight fighting between Shiite rebels and pro-government in
southwestern Taiz province has killed 31 people, including 8
civilians. Yemeni loyalists killed at least 20 Iran-backed rebels in
a pushback against insurgents seeking to retake positions to the
northeast of the capital they control.
(AP, 12/26/15)(AFP, 12/26/15)