Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How is life in Yemen?

  Yemen lives in continuous crises never end. It has been begun with Alhouthis issue in Sadaa in the far north of Yemen, and the Southern Movement in the south of Yemen and AlQaeda. Jihadist groups Suspected to be AlQaeda are trying to control Zanjibar, the capital of Abyan governorate, so a heavy clashes between them and the Yemeni troops caused death among the civilians. Many families fled from Abyan to Aden, and took some schools as their homes.

In Taiz, Yemen's second largest city, clashes between the demonstrators and the security forces. The freedom Square had been occupied by the security forces, and that led to kill more than 200 persons. Thus, the tribes of Sharab arrived to the city to support the protesters, and it was the first time for Taiz to be full of armed civilians trying to retrieve their square from the security forces.

Change square in Sanaa is still protected by the Armored Forces that joined the revolution with its General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar. However, the protesters in the Change square were suffering from daily intimidation such as, heavy firing into the air and sound bombs close to the area.

Yemeni citizen

Our lives in Yemen changed since the demonstrations have taken place on the beginning of February 2011 demanding the fall of the regime, and asking the Yemeni president to step down.

The unstable political situation led to the escape of many commercial companies, international organizations and closure of some embassies. So many employees lost their jobs. In addition, the lack of fuel led to increasing the prices of public transportation and the basic food items. The economic situation becomes a burden overwhelms the Yemeni citizen.

In the other hand, it becomes dangerous to roam in the streets in Yemen, especially after the outbreak of battle between the Sheikh Al-Ahmar and Ali Saleh's forces even when the parties committed themselves to ceasefire based on mediation efforts led by Saudi king Abdullah; however, we still sometimes hear heavy shot fire.

Friday and changed the date

When I go back with the time since February 2011 (when the demonstrations started) I find that there were two dates had changed the course of the Yemeni crisis, and give it a different curve can not be forgotten by any Yemeni whether the supporters of the regime or opponents.

• 18th March, 2011 the massacre Friday, when individuals from the Security forces fired the worshipers and the protesters in the Change square, and caused death for more than 50 persons. After that horrible day the General Ali Mohsen AlAhmar and its Armored Forces joined the revolution. Moreover, some officials of the Yemeni regime, and some of its ambassadors resigned to condemn this massacre.
• On Friday, 3rd June, 2011 at 1:30 pm. After Friday prayers, we heard strong explosions. Few minutes later we knew these explosions were at the presidential palace. A bomb or a rocket blew up Alnahdeen mosque at the presidential palace where many officials and the president were praying there. So far there is conflicting news about the seriousness of Ali Saleh's injury.

After assassination attempt

The attempt to assassinate the president Ali Saleh was not the first time in the Yemeni modern history. Fore instance, Ibrahim Alhamdi, the president of North Yemen was assassinated mysteriously in 1977. Furthermore, the president Ahmed Hussien AlGashmi was assassinated too by letter bomb in 1978.

Finally, the attempt to assassinate the president Ali Saleh by a missile or a bomb to the mosque at the presidential palace. The Yemeni government accused AlShikh Sadiq Alahmar and his brother Hameed in committing the assassination, and Yemeni troops shelled their homes, killing civilians were close to the area. AlAhmar denied his attempt to assassinate the president.

The president Ali Saleh is at the military hospital in the Saudi capital getting medical treatment for blast bomb wounds. According to the constitution, vice president Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi replaces Saleh in his absence.

Yemeni streets' reaction

In my neighborhood, people who are known as supporters for the regime, tore President's photos. When the official TV announced that Ali Saleh is out of the intensive care in Alryadh, and his surgery was successful, his supporters and troops celebrated by heavy firing into the air for almost three hours in all over Yemen. Because of this way of celebrating, some people killed and injured by the stray bullets. My friend told me that at that night some stray bullets entered her home by the window.

On the other hand, the protesters were celebrating and dancing because of the departure of the president Ali to Saudi Arabia, and expecting that he will not come back to Yemen after the attempt of assassination. In addition, they organized marches close to the vice president's house, and demanding the formation of a transition council to handover the authority.

However, there are voices from inside the squares of revolution in Yemen do not support the formation of transition council as Mohammed Alalae Said "the transitional council will put the country in the chaos of multiple centers of power".

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