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Clashes as Houthis Advance on Aden
By Dhaifallah Homran
25 Mar 2015

Aden, Yemen
March 25, 2015

Militants loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi clash in Aden on March 25, 2015 with Houthi-allied units of the army, supported by heavily armed Houthi fighters.

Parts of Aden are still under the control loyalist militias, however Houthi forces are making gains in some parts of the city.

A large number of people on Wednesday, March 25 morning reportedly tried to storm into a Yemeni army base in order to obtain weapons and clashed with forces loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Hadi is said to have fled Aden as Houthi rebels advanced on the city after unidentified warplanes hit positions located near his residence. His whereabouts are unknown since fleeing the capital Sanaa to Aden, where Houthi fighters placed him under house arrest.

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Disarray as Houthis Advance on Aden
By Mohammed Attab
25 Mar 2015

Aden, Yemen
March 25, 2015

Video shows civilians running on the streets in Aden, south Yemen as heavy gunshots are heard. Houthi fighter and combatants loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, which are allied to the Houthis, also appear manoeuvring military vehicles.
A large number of people on Wednesday, March 25 morning reportedly tried to storm into a Yemeni army base in order to obtain weapons and clashed with forces loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Hadi is said to have fled Aden as Houthi rebels advanced on the city after unidentified warplanes hit positions located near his residence. Hadi’s whereabouts are unknown.
Hadi had fled the capital Sanaa to Aden, where Houthi fighters placed him under house arrest.

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Civilians in Aden Loot Presidential P...
By anisalbareq
25 Mar 2015

March 25, 2015
Aden, Yemen

Video shows residents of Aden looting the presidential palace in that city, where Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had been holed up after fleeing the capital Sanaa in February. By the morning of 25 March, reports indicated that President Hadi had fled the Aden palace to an unknown location.

Saudi Arabia, with the support of several other Arab countries and Pakistan, launched a military operation called Decisive Storm with the aim of bombing Houthi positions in Yemen in response to calls from President Hadi to stop the Houthis' advance.

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Taiz Residents Protest Houthi Takeover
Taiz, Yemen
By Dhaifallah Homran
23 Mar 2015

Residents of Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, held a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Special Security Forces, a state security agency that recently fell into the arms of Houthi militants, to protest the takeover of their city by said rebels. Security forces loyal to the Houthi rebels dispersed the protesters with tear gas bombs and by firing live bullets into the air.

According to local residents, Houthi Shiite rebels took over the military airport and several neighborhoods in the city on 22 March.

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Heavy Clashes Outside Aden Airport
By Dhaifallah Homran
19 Mar 2015

Aden, Yemen
March 19, 2015

Video shows fighters from the Popular Committees forces loyal to ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi trying to storm the Aden Airport and retake it from Houthi fighters.

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Presidential Palace in Yemen Abandone...
By Dhaifallah Homran
21 Feb 2015

February 21, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

Video shows Houthi takeover of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's residential compound after he disguised himself to escape Sanaa and fly to his hometown of Aden in the south. Hadi had been under weeks of house arrest by the Shiite Houthi militia, who allegedly looted his property soon after his departure. The UN denies having assisted him in returning to Aden, a port city south of Sanaa and the country's fourth largest.

Video shows the presidential palace's abandoned gates and Houthi convoys patrolling the perimeter.

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Sunni Tribesmen Guard Their Borders A...
By Dhaifallah Homran
19 Feb 2015

February 19, 2015
Shabwa, Yemen

Sunni tribesmen, belonging to the Markha al-Alya tribe of the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa, announced today that they are closing their border with the neighboring al-Baydaa province. Situated to the west of Shabwa, al-Baydaa has been the scene of fierce battles between the Houthis and local tribesmen, who are trying to prevent the Houthis from advancing south.

In their announcement the Markha al-Alya tribe emphatically rejected the constitutional declaration of the Houthis and banned any military group from entering Shabwa. They have positioned their fighters along the border and installed sentries on the Farsha passage, the road which connects the neighboring provinces.

The tribesmen assured that they will defend their land to the death and not allow it to become a thoroughfare for Houthis and other armed groups to transport their soldiers and weapons. They are working in conjunction with the local authorities who support their mission to defend Shabwa.


Soundbite Sheikh Monser Salem al-Kabali, Tribal Leader (Man, Arabic)

"Based on the agreement among the tribe leaders, dignitaries and local authorities, we announce that we refuse the constitutional declaration made by the Houthis. We support the constitutionally legitimate authorities and will not accept any agreement outside the consensus among political powers in Yemen. Our stance regarding the Shabwa province follows that of the governor. It is guided by the governor of Shabwa as well as the security committee and the tribes in Shabwa and the regions of Hadramoot and Muhar al-Shabwa. We will stand against anyone who wants to use our province as a gate for chaos, whether they are armed militias, tribes or [any other] groups. We declare our support of the local authorities in the province in their bid to protect Shabwa borders from all directions."

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Tribes of Marib Prepare for War and A...
By TTM Mena Desk
02 Feb 2015

Ma’rib, Yemen
February 1, 2015

Tribesmen in the predominantly Sunni area of Ma’rib, east of Sanaa, prepare for war with the Houthis and threaten to create their own autonomous state within Yemen. The tribal fighters have installed checkpoints, known as “matarih”, in the middle and around the perimeter of Ma’rib. In local tradition this act is considered as the highest possible security precaution, putting local tribal disagreements to one side. The “matarih” is enforced by fighters patrolling the area in heavily armed convoys and setting up fixed bases in tents. This precaution may last days, months or even years.
The tribal elders believe that the drums of war have been beating ever since Houthi militants took over the capital Sanaa and forced the president to resign. Abdullah bin Jaradan, a prominent tribal leader, says that they will not recognize the Houthis as legitimate rulers of Yemen and they will not put down their guns unless president Hadi is restored to office.
In order to prevent a Houthi takeover in the oil-rich province of Ma’rib, the elders have assembled a fighting force to defend their lands and resources.
Ma’rib is considered an area of great strategic importance due to its oil fields. It produces around 25,000 barrels per day.


SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Hamad Bin Waheet
(01:08 – 02:27)

“We were mobilized on the first day [of the events] in order to protect the province of Marib, so that it would not be invaded by the Houthis like they invaded the province of Omran and Sanaa. We are still ready and prepared for anything. We are on alert on the road of Farda –Sanaa- Marib; the road from Sirwah to Marib; and the road from [Beit] Mrad to Marib. All the tribes have taken positions along these three lines. “

“We have had weapons for a long time, not today. We have had weapons before the Houthis entered Omran or other provinces, such as al-Jawf. Tribes have all sorts of weapons. Each tribe represents [is as strong as] a state. Each of Yemen’s tribes has weapons and men, as well as God on their side. “

“We have a number of 23 mm and 14 mm machine guns; mortars; 50 mm machine guns; rifles; and we have 22 mm and 83 mm mortars. All tribes have this kind of weapons. Most tribes have had these weapons before and acquired them during wars among tribes. However, thanks be to God, there are no more wars among tribes, except for the fight against the Houthis.“

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man), Abdullah bin Jardan

“If God willed it and the state collapsed, we will protect the oil and form a confederate region of Sabaa. We will act like an independent region.”

“This depends on the consultations in Sanaa. There is a lot pressure on the president to rescind his resignation; however, we have to take everything into account. The regions of Sabaa and Marib have all the wealth, whether he [the president] returns or not. “

“We were not satisfied with administration in the previous era, but it was a transitory period. But the Houthis carried out a coup d’état. We were not completely satisfied with the performance of the president and the government.”

“Now there are regional and sectarian divisions and there might be a regional and sectarian war if the country collapsed, God forbid.”

“We demand the establishment of a fair state, which would rule Yemen with equality and allows for a partnership. Afterwards, the Yemeni people in general could surrender its weapons.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, man) Awad bin Ma’ili

“This is the result of our own efforts, thanks be to God. We are gathering whatever we can, like the squads you can see now. This is the effort of each person as well as ours. We are buying heavy and light weapons, depending on what we can acquire.”

“We are tribes, and tribes are known in Yemen. Each tribe has several [weapons], bought with private money. They are used to stand against whoever wants to invade our country.”

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Clashes Between Houthis And President...
By Yousef Mawry
19 Jan 2015

January 19, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

A ceasefire agreement between Houthi rebels and Yemeni government forces has been reached, after heavy clashes erupted in Sanaa on Monday morning. Shiite Houthi gunmen surrounded the presidential palace and their armed convoys patrolled the capital.

Information Minister Nadia Sakkaf said the convoy of Prime Minister Khalid Bahah was attacked after he left a meeting with high-level Houthi representatives. Sakkaf added "This story is developing so quickly... We may have a new Yemen by the end of the day, maybe a new system altogether."

The Houthi militias took control over Sanaa in September 2014, and have since advanced into other provinces.

Shot list:

1-Footage of sixty street and military base near president Hadi’s house.

2-Close up of Ansarullah tank

3-Footage of the Al-Asbihi district near site of clashes

4- Smoke and explosion in al-Asbihi district near al-Nahdah military base.

5- Smoke at the bottom of Al-Nahdah military base near presidential palace

6- Smoke at al-Nahdah military base near presidential palace

7- al-Nahdah Military base near presidential palace.

8- Smoke from al-Nahdah Military base near Presidential palace.

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Roadside Bombs Target Houthis in Yemen
Yemen, Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
08 Dec 2014

Sanaa, Yemen
December 8, 2014

Five bombs exploded in Sanaa early on Monday morning as children prepared for school. The bombs targeted Houthi checkpoints and houses but so far no deaths have been recorded but according to local media several people were injured. The Houthi movement, which has links to Shiite Iran, has become the main political force in Yemen since it captured the nation’s capital in September.


Interviewee 1, (Man, Arabic):
(00:20-00:39) "There were lots of people at the entrance of the door, the explosion happened after 15 minutes. Three house were damaged and the houses near them, and the people walking on the road were injured. This is what they do, this is what they are good at."

Interviewee 2, (Man, Arabic):
(00:50-01:16) "At 6am two explosions occurred. The first one was the biggest and caused all this damage. The second explosion was because of a car bomb. It caused less damage but several injuries, 4 people are now in a difficult situation."

Interviewee 3, (Man, Arabic):
(01:44-01:53) "This glass is 8mm thick, all of these windows and walls are destroyed."

Interviewee 4, (Man, Arabic):
"This is the result of the first explosion. This window along with this huge wall have been destroyed."

Interviewee 5, (Child, Arabic):
"We heard the first explosion which was very strong and the second explosion too."

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Yemeni Houthis Intensify Anti-Governm...
By Yousef Mawry
29 Aug 2014

Sanaa, Yemen
August 29, 2014

Tens of thousands of Yemeni followers of the Shia'a Houthi group, massed in the country's capital Sana'a in a protest calling for the government to reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies and resign. The rally is part of an ongoing demonstration that has been going on for over a week and is growing in size. The Houthis are a powerful force in Yemen and have been fighting for years for more representation for their Shia'a sect in the northern part of the majority Sunni nation.

SOUNDBITE : Yemeni Protester (Man, Arabic, 25 sec) 'We are protesting against the government's decision to lift subsidies on oil derivatives, and making it harder to the people to buy petroleum products. We will remain protesting peacefully until our demands are fulfilled, and they will be achieved with God's will (Inchallah)'

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Yemen's Houthis Reignite Calls For Do...
By Yousef Mawry
27 Aug 2014

Sanaa, Yemen
August 27, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis once again took to the street of Sana’a to call on the Yemeni government to meet their demands or else they will be forced to upscale anti-government revolutionary activities inside Sana’a in the coming days.

The mass rally comes after the Houthi leader called on his supporter and the Yemeni people to continue the second phase of their peaceful revolution until the government bows to their demands.

Abdullah Abd al-Rahman (protester) These people are coming out in the millions to call for the downfall of this corrupt government and the implementation of the outcomes of the national dialogue conference and to reconsider the lifting of fuel subsidies. The first phase to reach these goals is to assemble peaceful sit-ins on the outskirts of the capital Sana’a. The second phase is to stage massive demonstrations in the streets of Sana’a. The Houth’s leader said yesterday we shall advance into the third phase of the revolution, if the corrupt government does not meet the demands of the Yemeni people.

Umm Isah (Protester) “We came out the women of Sana’a to support our men in this revolution. This is the true revolution against the deadly price hikes and the government. What will the future hold for us and our children? Everyone is in misery because of this inflation, even the fetus in his mother’s stomach is effected by this. I tell president Hadi that he must step now down; we will achieve our demands no matter what they do.

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Yemenis Block-off Main Roads and Burn...
By Yousef Mawry
30 Jul 2014

July 30, 2014
Sana'a, Yemen

Hundreds of Yemenis blocked off main roads and burned tires, in a number of Yemeni provinces, in protest against the latest price-hike of petroleum products, which came into effect on the third day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

On Wednesday morning the prices of fuel had increased from 2,500 to 4,000 Yemeni riyals ($11.6 to $18.6) for 20 liters. The price of diesel also increased from 2000 to 3,900 riyals.
Yemen is considered to be the poorest country in the Middle East with nearly half of its population living in severe poverty.