Thursday, October 20, 2011

YemenWatch: Thursday October 20, 2011

Earlier this week Yemeni women held a sit-in in Sana'a, against the Yemeni foreign minister.  And the first woman has died, in the protests, prompting a lot of anger.

Shelling is going on in Aden.

There are US drones in Shabwa province, where AQAP and its affiliates are hiding out.  AQAP is vowing retaliation against the US and Yemen governments for the death of Al-Awlaki.  Three French hostages are still being held too.

President Saleh is saying he will sign the GCC proposal, on certain conditions.  He is also blaming the protestors and everyone else for "hindering political solutions."

Saleh is blaming the Islamic party al-Islah for some of Yemen's problems, and now there are conspiracy theories about them.  Who knows what the truth is?

Displace families in southern Yemen are living in schools.  As many as 100,000 people may have fled Abyan province because of fighting and AQAP.

Life in Yemen is getting more and more difficult as food prices rise and humanitarian relief falls short.

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