Yemeni_Reporter Yousef Mawry

I am an American-Yemeni Journalist/producer born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. I am currently in Yemen working as a freelance TV reporter. For the past three years I have covered all the major news events across the destabilized Yemen. I also do live interviews via Skype, phone or SNG on breaking news. I speak and write the English and Arabic language fluently.

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Roving Barefoot for Propane Gas
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
18 Feb 2015

February 17, 2015

Sana'a, Yemen
 
The Yemeni population is once again faced with a severe shortage of propane gas. This has caused much grief among poverty stricken Yemeni families who make up the majority of the Yemeni population. Fifteen-year-old Bashir Merhibi is the eldest son in a Yemeni family. Bashir struggles on a daily basis to find propane gas to cook food. Instead of going to school in the morning, Bashir is forced to search the streets barefoot for propane gas in a number of neighborhoods in the Yemeni capital. A Transterra contributor spent the day with Bashir Merhibi as he searched for propane tanks. He would roll his 40-pound empty tank along the road with his feet through many neighborhoods hoping to take a full tank home to his family so they can cook their food. Unfortunately Bashir was unable to obtain any propane gas as the price had increased to 1,900 Yemeni Rial (almost $9), and he only had 1,200 Rial. The severe gas shortage in Yemen is due to disgruntled tribesmen who occasionally blow up gas pipelines and block supply routes in the province of Ma'rib to pressure the Yemeni government to meet their demands. The shortage of gas in Yemen has resulted in a price hike of propane gas, which many Yemeni families cannot afford.
 

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Aftermath of Suicide Bomb in Sana'a (...
Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
09 Oct 2014

October 9, 2014
Sana'a, Yemen

A suicide bomber detonated himself in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, causing the death of at least 40 people, according to the local news.

The blast struck as hundreds of supporters of the Houthis, a Shia rebel group, were arriving in Tahrir Square for a demonstration.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the Jihadist AQAP group (Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), recently vowed to fight the Houthis to defend the country's Sunni community.

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Yemenis Show Support for Saudi Arabia...
Washington DC
By Yousef Mawry
05 Sep 2015

Hundreds of Yemeni activists demonstrated in front of the White House in Washington DC on September 5, 2015 to express solidarity with Saudi Arabia's military campaign against the Houthi Rebels in Yemen. The solidarity demonstration at the time King Faisal of Saudi Arabia met President Barack Obama in Washington.

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Women Obtain Right to Wear Hijab Whil...
Detroit, Michigan
By Yousef Mawry
31 Aug 2015

With the growing Arab-Muslim population in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, law enforcement has changed some of its police policies in order to accommodate to the religious beliefs of the Muslim population.
The Dearborn police has recently passed a resolution which prevents police officers from forcing Muslim women to take off their Islamic hijab.
The policy change was the result of numerous lawsuits filed against the Dearborn Police Department by Muslim women who were forced to take off their headscarfs in police custody - a move which outraged the Muslim community. Muslim women in Dearborn say they are satisfied with the new policy which allows them to protect their modesty in the arms of the law.

Interviews:
1- Amir Makled (Attorney at Law)
2- Amir Makled (Attorney at Law)
3- Lena Fuad (Worshiper)
4- Marry Fuad (Worshiper)

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Yemeni Civilian Victims Describe Last...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
21 Apr 2015

Sanaa, Yemen
April 21, 2015

This video shows several Yemenis, including children, at a hospital in Sanaa. The victims were severely injured in an airstrike that targeted a Houthi-held military base in the Sanaa suburb of Faj Attan on April 20. Civilian neighborhoods located about 5 km away from the base were severely damaged.

The interviewed patients recall the last moments before they were hit. One of the children says that he was injured while he was on the street, trying to make a living by selling a traditional plant used for brushing teeth called miswak.

According to the Yemeni official news agency Saba, at least 25 people were killed and 398 others wounded in the attack.

TRANSCRIPT

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Abdullah Mohamed Gushab, A civilian injured in an airstrike
00:18 – 00:28

"I was selling miswaq in Jamaal Street. The attack began and then the explosion hit me. Q: There was an airplane?
A: An airplane."

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Mohamed Gushab, The father of a civilian injured in an airstrike
00:29 – 00:52

"He was just selling miswaq in order to provide food for the family. He was in Tahrir Square and then the plane launched a strike and he was hit. He was injured severely. A benefactor found him and took him to the hospital."

SOUNDBITE (English, Man) Emanual Abdullah, A civilian injured in an airstrike
01:10 – 01:41

“I come from Faj Attan. And I as inside my house, so I was about coming out when I had the bomb blast in front of my house. I was thinking all over my life and the big block smashed my head. That is how I got the injury. And the doctor is saying something about making an operation on me tomorrow. So… that is just it.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Abd al-Wahab, A civilian injured in an airstrike
02:00 – 02:28

"The first explosion was light. I went to see where it had hit and then the second missile was launched and I did not expect the strike to be that strong. I thought I was in a horror movie. I tried to run and the door of the store fell on my back. I then tried to run again but the debris hit me and I was injured."

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Suicid...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
20 Mar 2015

March 20,2015
Sanaa, Yemen

According to Houthi spokesman, more than 135 Yemenis were killed and many more injured in a series of three suicide bomb attacks targeting two Shiite mosques during Friday prayers in the capital city of Sana’a.
In this video, shot at the al-Hushaish Mosque, witnesses said the first bomb exploded in the first row, right in front of the podium, while the second blast detonated outside of the mosque as worshipers fled.
Minutes after the attack ISIS claimed responsibility on Twitter.

(01:46-01:55)

This is the result of the accident. The biggest crime against humanity and God.

(01:56-02:06)

The infiltrators of America and Israel. We will not accept this, and we will not surrender because of the explosions they are doing in the house of God.

(02:36-03:03)

What happened is that after the Friday prayer, Dr. Taha Motawakel, the mosque Imam (preacher), gave his speech and we suddenly heard an explosion in the mosque. All you can see around you is injuries and corpses, it was filled with them, anywhere you look or step, it is all injuries and deaths.

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Families Mourn Victims of ISIS Attack...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
20 Mar 2015

March 20, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

In extremely rare and graphic imagery, this video shows family members of the slain gather at the morgue to identify and grieve the murder of their loved ones.

More than 135 people were killed in triple suicide bombings that rocked two Shiite mosques during Friday afternoon prayers in Yemen's capital of Sana'a. ISIS subsequently claimed responsibility for the attacks.

01:49

NAT Sound, crowd screaming in morgue: “Death to America. Death to Israel. May the Jews be Damned. Victory to Islam. God is greatest.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Unnamed Woman

02:08 – 02:20

“Only an idiot would not be moved in such situation. Such cruelty! How could they be called human when they kill innocent people on a Friday? May God help us!”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Unnamed man

00:21 – 00:30

“We have only become stronger and more resilient. We shall continue to follow this path. We shall continue to stand against evil. We shall be stronger and stronger.”

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Sanaa Suicide Bomb Victims In Hospital
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
07 Jan 2015

January 7, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

31 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in an attack on a police academy in Sanaa. An explosive-laden car blew up in front of the academy, where dozens of Yemenis had been queueing up since the early morning to apply. According to witnesses, and the Yemeni Ministry of Interior, the number of victims could have been much higher.

This video shows dead bodies and wounded inside the Police Hospital in Sanaa. Most of the victims who arrived at the hospital were police cadets, in addition to some civilians who were present during the attack.

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Houthis in Yemen
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
09 Oct 2014

NOTE: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES

Sanaa, Yemen
October 9, 2014

A suicide bomber detonated himself in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, causing the death of at least 40 people, according to the local news.

The blast struck as hundreds of supporters of the Houthis, a Shiite rebel group, were arriving in Tahrir Square for a demonstration.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the Jihadist AQAP group (Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), recently vowed to fight the Houthis to defend the country's Sunni community.

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Regular Flights between Iran and Yeme...
Sanaa International Airport
By Yousef Mawry
01 Mar 2015

March 1, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

For the first time in 25 years, an Iranian flight landed in Yemen at Sanaa International Airport after Houthi and Iranian officials signed a contract in Tehran to open a direct aviation service between the two countries. They agreed to set up 14 weekly flights between the two countries. The plane was from Mahan Air, a private airline based in Tehran that operates domestically in Iran and internationally to the Far East, the Middle Eat, Central Asia, and Europe. Keen to show that they were not supplying the Houthis with weapons, the Iranian flight arrived with a donation of 12 tons of medical supplies and equipment from the Iranian Red Crescent. Iranian officials at the airport said they regret that such an agreement was not signed years ago to help build Iranian-Yemeni relations.

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Sanaa Street Where Frenchwoman Was Ab...
Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
25 Feb 2015

Footage shows the French embassy in Sanaa after its closure due to the security meltdown which that has gripped the nation.
Footage also shows the 45th street in Sanaa where Frenchwomen Isabelle Prime was abducted on the morning of February 24.
Footage includes interviews with two Yemenis who were working on the same road where the the French women and her translator.
A store owner on the 45th street says the French women was abducted only moments after he opened his store early in the morning.

Interviews:
Mershid Merhibi (construction worker)

"We were working in this location and we then heard some of the workers who were over here having breakfast talking about a French women who was abducted in this street. This actions is not acceptable and is prohibited in Islam, because all foreigners in Islam have full rights and freedoms. This is what our prophet taught us."

Majid al-Khyadh (Store owner on 45th street)

“As we were opening in the morning we heard that a French women had been abducted in this area and we also heard many people talking about this issue. We tell those who kidnapped this French women that these actions are against our principles and against the values of the Yemeni people. These actions are indeed acts of terrorism. We do not know who is responsible for the abduction; however, our message to the abductors is stop insulting and tarnishing the image of the Yemeni people. “We call on the government, and all security officials and institutions to bring an end to these abductions and violations.”

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Roving Barefoot for Propane Gas (roug...
Sana'a, Yemen
By Yousef Mawry
18 Feb 2015

February 17, 2015
Sana'a, Yemen

The Yemeni population is once again faced with a severe shortage of propane gas. This has caused much grief among poverty stricken Yemeni families who make up the majority of the Yemeni population. Fifteen-year-old Bashir Merhibi is the eldest son in a Yemeni family. Bashir struggles on a daily basis to find propane gas to cook food. Instead of going to school in the morning, Bashir is forced to search the streets barefoot for propane gas in a number of neighborhoods in the Yemeni capital. A Transterra contributor spent the day with Bashir Merhibi as he searched for propane tanks. He would roll his 40-pound empty tank along the road with his feet through many neighborhoods hoping to take a full tank home to his family so they can cook their food. Unfortunately Bashir was unable to obtain any propane gas as the price had increased to 1,900 Yemeni Rial (almost $9), and he only had 1,200 Rial. The severe gas shortage in Yemen is due to disgruntled tribesmen who occasionally blow up gas pipelines and block supply routes in the province of Ma'rib to pressure the Yemeni government to meet their demands. The shortage of gas in Yemen has resulted in a price hike of propane gas, which many Yemeni families cannot afford.

Transcription

Sound bite, Bashir Merhibi, (Man, Arabic)
"My name is Bashir, I am 15 years old and I am in the ninth grade. Instead of going to school, I wake up and go searching for propane gas with this tank, and this tank has been through all kinds of streets. From street to street and from station to station, I have kicked and pushed this tank with my hands and with my feet".

"I have been searching for gas since seven in the morning; I haven’t eaten breakfast or lunch. I drank water and ate a biscuit from the store and that’s it and continue to search and search for gas in a number of streets and propane gas stations. In this country, you have to search for everything. Nothing comes without struggle. Just like this: this is an example of Yemen. They give you gas like this: drip-by-drip".

"I started my search at seven in the morning and the time now is five pm. After searching for gas in many streets and many stations, I finally found one. I thought I was going to pump gas, so I waited in line until I reached the front."

"I asked the owner how much? And, he replied, ‘1900’ (Yemeni Riyal.) I then told him, “Fear god! The original price is 1200 (Yemeni Riyal) and you want to sell it for 1900?” I tried to plead with him and told him I only have 1200; however, he told me to either pay 1900 or go home. We argued and argued and almost got into a fight. I took my tank and told him all I have with me is 1200."

Sound bite, Kamal Ali Ahamed - Propane Gas Store Owner, (Man, Arabic)
“The cause of gas shortage is due to the low gas production from Safer. The Safer Gas Company fills 39 propane trucks every day; however, there are 1200 propane trucks queuing in line at Safer Company waiting to fill their gas trucks so they can distribute gas throughout the nation. This has led to fewer propane truck deliveries to the Yemeni capital. Because of this, only 150 to 200 propane trucks make deliveries per week. This has led to higher demands for gas in the Yemeni capital, while there are fewer gas deliveries."

"The second reason is there are now more cars which run on propane gas. In 2014, nearly 67 thousand cars that run on gas entered the county. This resulted in a higher demands for gas; however, the gas production in Safer (Mareb province) is only sufficient enough for the use of average households only."

Sound bite: Bashir Merhibi, (Man, Arabic)
"No car, no motorbike and no bicycle. I am just like all other Yemenis, I have to kick and push, kick and push from street to street and from gas station to gas station Sometimes, I find a station with propane gas however, there are long lines which reach up to 500 to 600 tanks. When I reach the station, people usually try to cut in line in front of me, which results in heated arguments and sometimes fights. I don’t know what else to do. This is very depressing. The gas problem in Yemen is very depressing."

Sound bite: Abdurahman al-Yemani - Citizen, (Man, Arabic)
“We want a solution to the gas problem; we been waiting in line since the morning. All of us have haven’t ate lunch. The rich people are living comfortably because they have gas; however, we the average workers have to spend all day waiting in line. Will they ever have mercy on us, or are we going to continue living like this?"

Sound bite: Bashir Merhibi, (Man, Arabic) "Unfortunately, I am now going home and I don’t know how to tell my mother and father that I couldn’t find gas. What will I tell them, what shall I do?"

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Houthis Rally Against Yemen Political...
Sana'a, Yemen
By Yousef Mawry
02 Feb 2015

Thousands of Shi'ite Muslim Houthis staged a rally in the capital Sana'a on February 2nd to show solidarity with the Houthi movement's decision to grant Yemen's political factions a three day ultimatum to pull the nation out of its political vacuum.

The protesters said political factions have only two days left to reach an agreement, otherwise the Houthi leadership would take matters into his own hands and form a presidential committee to govern Yemen for an interim period.

Soundbites
(Arabic) Munthir al Asbahi, Revolutionary Youth Leader
“We the revolutionaries and the free people of Yemen declare our support and solidarity for all of the decisions made by the expanded national conference which occurred yesterday”

(Arabic) Amer Muhsun Khalil, Demonstrator “We came out today in solidarity with the resolutions of the expanded national conference and to answer the call of the leader of the Quranic demonstration, Sayyid Abd al-Malek al-Houthi, may God protect him. We came out today to also show support for the decisions he made and to give him full authority to lead the nation out of the current situation which we are living in”

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Houthis Consolidate Control in Sanaa
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
30 Jan 2015

January 30, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

Houthi militants installed more road blocks armed by heavily armed fighters all over the Yemeni capital on Friday, as they consolidate their control over Sanaa. Footage shows armed Houthi fighters running security checkpoints throughout the streets of the Yemeni capital.

Shot List

-Shots of armed fighters on the road -Wide shot of the road -Shots of Houthis standing in their armed car and waving their flags which read "God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam" -Shot of Houthis fighters sitting in the back of their car with Yemeni flag in the background

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Protest in Sana'a Calls on Houthi Mil...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
24 Jan 2015

January 24,2015

Yemeni youth protesters held a sit-in in the liberation square of Sana'a to call on the Houthi militias to withdraw from the Yemeni capital.

Protesters also called on the Yemeni President to reconsider his resignation from power.

The protesters in Sana'a accused the Houthi movement of a military coup against the regime of President Hadi.

Interviews:

Raja Abdullah,Yemeni Activist (Man Arabic)
"We came out today to topple the military coup and to reignite the revolution of February 11, which hasn’t been completed until now. We came out also to show support for President Abd-Rebu Mansour Hadi-who legitimacy is still valid. The Houthi’s legitimacy is no more. We say to the Houthis: You will leave, you will leave, and you will leave! Sana’a does not belong to you. Sana’a belongs to its rightful people. Go back to Sa’da and protect your rights over there.

Mahmoud Abu Salim, Youth Revolutionary (Man,Arabic)

“We came out today to reject the military coup and to reject the armed Houthi militias who entered by force to kill the civil state. We reject all the armed presence in this blessed city and in the Yemeni capital. We call for a modern civil state which is founded upon consensus and justice”

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Houthis in Yemen burn US , Israeli an...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
23 Jan 2015

January 23, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

Tens of thousands of Yemeni Houthi supporters rallied in the streets of Sanaa to show their disapproval of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and their solidarity with the Houthi movement. Army officials tried to maintain order at the demonstration where protestors burned US, French, and Israeli flags, shouting "Down with the US! Down with Israel!"

The protesters also expressed their view that Yemen is better off without President Hadi and that the people of Yemen will take control of their own political affairs without the President. They also called for the establishment of a presidential committee to take control of Yemen’s political affairs and to pave the way for early presidential elections after President Hadi formally submitted his resignation.

Shot List:

1 M/S of men stepping on the French, Us, and Israeli flags

2 M/S of men burning the flags

Shouting: Allah Akbar, death to USA, death to Israel, death to Israeli people, victory for Islam, Allah Akbar, death to USA, death to Israel, death to Israeli people, victory for Islam

3 Various of men marching

Transcription:

Mohamed al-Darb, Army Colonel (Arabic, Man)

(01:35) "We are here today, the security forces, the army all the Yemeni people to show support to the Prophet, after the insults the French, American and Danish newspapers said. We marched to denounce the international and regional conspiracy on Yemen to divide it into cantons. The main reason behind this is a civil war, but the Yemeni armed forces and the Yemeni people marched for the unity of Yemen." (02:05)

Abd al-Kareem Abd al-Razaq, Citizen (Arabic, Man)

(02:06) "We march to say to all the conspirators such as the Security Council and the Ten Countries to tell them that they will not affect us. Who is this Abd Rabbu Hadi or anyone like to him to affect these great people these people will choose their leadership these great Yemeni people is standing still like a camel." (02:08)

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Additional Footage from Yemen ( 29 sec )
Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
21 Jan 2015

January ,21, 2015
More Footage of Houthis in full Control of Yemeni Capital Sana'a

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Homes Destroyed in the Latest Clashes...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
19 Jan 2015

January 21, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

The bombed-out homes of ordinary citizens following the latest round of clashes between the Houthis and government forces in Sanaa.

The fierce fighting and heavy artillery has left many buildings, homes, and local businesses, just a few hundred meters away from the presidential palace, severely damaged.

Footage shows these structures that were shelled by tank fire and other heavy weapons.

Houthis are now in full control of the Yemeni capital, running security checkpoints and patrols in various neighborhoods in Sanaa.

Footage also has a number of interviews with eye witnesses who said that both the Houthis and the government targeted residential areas.

Transcription:

SOUNDBITE 1: Abdullah al-Rahman, Store owner (man, Arabic):

(00:49-01:27) "The cars surrounded the place and they started random shooting in the neighborhood. The first shot was near al-Koraibi, and the second car entered the neighborhood. The first shell fell in that building and we went out to see what happened and to save people if we can. We found many dead people and after we went outside the second shell fell here."

SOUNDBITE 2: Mubasher Abdullah, Restaurant employee (man, Arabic):

(03:22-03:42) "The al-Malik grill restaurant and a car showroom was shelled by the presidential guards and the Houthis. As you can see the Houthis attacked the place from below and the presidential guards attacked the restaurant and the showroom from above.

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Houthi Militia Takes Over Presidentia...
Sanaa, Yemen
By Yousef Mawry
19 Jan 2015

January 20, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

The Presidential palace in Sana'a has fallen under the Houthis control after brief clashes erupted between Houthi fighters with government forces.

This attack follows some of the worst fighting in the capital Sanaa in years when forces loyal to the President clashed with the Shiite Houthi Rebels on Monday, January 19.

On the same day the Houthi rebels surrounded the presidential palace and could be seen patrolling the streets of Sanaa in armed convoys before a shaky ceasefire agreement was reached.

The latest clashes broke a ceasefire agreement that was announced Monday and temporarily ended hostilities.

Footage shows the latest Images of the of the Presidential Palace compound and surrounding areas which were damaged due to the fighting and heavy explosions..
Footage also shows Houthi fighters near the presidential palace during the sporadic clashes.

The footage also includes an interview with one of the Houthi fighters who says:
“We only returned fire at the targets above us and nothing else. They (government forces) were firing at us from above and they were also firing at civilian houses. They used tanks and they were firing out of control”

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Yemeni Civilians Injured During Clash...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
18 Jan 2015

January 19, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

Video shows injured civilians getting treatment at the Mushki hospital in Sanaa. At least 2 people were killed and 55 injured in heavy clashes between Houthi fighters and government forces on Monday, January 19, 2015.

A ceasefire agreement between Houthi rebels and Yemeni government forces was eventually reached on the same day after Shiite Houthi gunmen surrounded the presidential palace.

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.

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Clashes Between Houthis And President...
Sana'a
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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Houthis Surround President's Compound...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
19 Jan 2015

January 19, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

Heavy clashes between government troops and Houthi rebels erupted on Monday near the presidential compound in downtown Sanaa.

This exclusive video shot from a car shows the blocked road to the presidential compound in addition to convoys of armed Houthi rebels roaming the streets.

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.

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Yemenis Condemn Terrorism and the Moc...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
15 Jan 2015

January 15, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

Yemenis say the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris is not representative of the views of the Yemeni people. They also condemn the satirical cartoons depicting Islam’s holy prophet and called on the French government to prevent the cartoons' publication.

This comes directly after Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen (AQAP) claimed responsibly for the shootings in Paris that killed 12 Charlie Hebdo magazine employees. Yemenis fear that the Paris attacks will have a large impact on the global war on terror strategy in Yemen.

Transcription:

Faris Ahmed Shamsan, University student, (man, Arabic):
“The fact that al-Qaeda claimed this attack in Paris is a result of the practices of the foreign press agencies. We want to say that Islam is the religion of peace, mercy, cooperation, and respect, and will never condone such crimes. What happened could be a result of what Yemen is suffering from.”

Waheed al-Muqtari, Citizen, (man, Arabic):
“The way France dealt with the problem was very negative. We all know that two Algerian people have died in the accident and were not mentioned in the French news as if they were not among the victims. Also the French government continued to support the newspaper that insulted Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him. We are not justifying the actions that were taken against the newspaper, but the support that France is providing for the newspaper means that they are standing against Islam and that is something we cannot accept.”

Amin al-Kibsi, Journalist, (man, Arabic):
“The fact that "Ansar al-Sharia" has claimed this terrorist attack and there has been an accusation against the Arabic Peninsula or al-Qaeda of the Arabic Peninsula, or Yemen, is just a process of disinformation to execute American-Zionist plans.”

Hathem al-Hasabai, University student, (man, Arabic):
“The support that was provided by the French government for the newspaper will create more extremism than before. It was a hasty decision to support the newspaper that way. The French government should have worked on calming the international atmosphere and not on supporting the newspaper in that way. It will only increase extremism.”

Dr. Ismael Mansouri, Doctor, (man, Arabic):
“We have an ancient history, we condemn terrorism, but at the same time we refuse [to accept] our Prophet being insulted.”

Abdullah Abdalrahman, Teacher, (man, Arabic):
“Concerning the fact that "Ansar al-Sharia" have claimed this terrorist attack in France, it is a known thing that those terrorist groups do not represent Yemeni people. Al-Qaeda is only a tool in the hands of the west, they use it to justify actions they do later on, that was clear when France did investigations in Yemen, and this is what justifies its actions in Yemen.”

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Bomb Attack at Police Academy in Sanaa
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
05 Jan 2015

January 7, 2015
Sanaa, Yemen

At least 30 police force college students and applicants were killed in a car bomb explosion in front of the college academy in the capital Sanaa.

According to eyewitnesses, the car bomb was parked in front of the academy and exploded while students were waiting in line to enroll in the police force.

Deputy Interior Minister Ali Lakhsha believes Al-Qaida is responsible.

Shot List:
1. Close up of passport-sized photos that belong to victims.

  1.    Wide of wrecked vehicle and soldiers
    
  2.   Various of blood  on street
    
  3.   Various of wrecked vehicle
    
  4.   Various of blood-covered belongings
    
  5.   Medium of wrecked vehicle
    
  6.   Various of soldiers and civilians in attack site
    
  7.   Medium of wrecked vehicle
    
  8.   Various of blood-covered belongings
    
  9. Close up of blood on pickup truck

  10. Wide of military and paramedics

  11. SOUNDBITE: Gen. Ali Nasser Lakhshaa, Deputy Minister of Interior (Arabic, Man)

“I convey my warm condolences to the families of the martyrs who were killed today. I hope that God almighty heals the wounded. I say that we tried repeatedly to stop this operation and we deployed our forces. However, the large numbers of people who showed up here to join the Police Academy made it difficult for us to move in. This atmosphere created a suitable condition for this attack to be carried out.” 13. Wide of vehicle removing wrecked car

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Suicide Attack in Yemen Kills Dozens ...
Ibb
By Yousef Mawry
30 Dec 2014

THIS VIDEO CONTAINS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES

Ibb, Yemen
December 29, 2014

Raw and rare footage of the aftermath of the suicide attack in the province of Ibb, Yemen at an event held by Houthis to commemorate the birth of prophet Muhammed.

Footage was taken only moments after the attack and shows people screaming and in a state of shock as they find the mutilated bodies of 33 Houthis who were killed.

Footage also shows the mutilated body of the person who carried out the attack.

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Banned from Making a Living for Secur...
Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
23 Dec 2014

40 year old Mershid al-Merhibi makes a living by transporting people on his motorbike through the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
For 7 years the taxi motorbike has been the only source of income for Mershid, his wife and 5 children.
Despite his BA degree in business he has not been able to find a job and has no choice but to work as a taxi biker because of the high rate of unemployment and the government’s failure to resuscitate the economy.

Like all other taxi bike drivers in Sanaa, Mershid makes up to five US dollars a-day, which is barely enough to make ends meet. However, this income is now in danger.
At the beginning of December, 2014, the Yemeni government passed a law banning motorbikes in the capital to try to prevent frequent assassinations and acid attacks carried out by unknown gunmen on motorbikes.

The government claims that motorbikes makes it easy for criminals to conduct attacks and then quickly escape.

The taxi bikers say banning motorbikes is not the answer because it is their only source of income, and so Mershid and many others continue to work on their motorbikes at high risk of being caught by the police, who Mershid says will probably destroy his bike.

Interviews:
Mershid al-Merhibi, Motorbike Driver (man, Arabic):
00:19
"I am Mershid al-Merhibi. I’m 40 years old and graduated from Sana’a University. I was forced to work with the motorcycle because there are no jobs and I am unemployed. You can see for yourself how the situation is here.”
00:45

“I wake up each morning and get on my bike and make my way to this intersection to wait for passengers to come. Sometimes, I carry one passenger and sometimes two. They come and we negotiate the price and then I take them to their destination.”
01:02

“Sometimes I find 3-4 passengers a-day. God does not disappoint, and I am thankful for that.” 01:12

“During the past two years, a lot of problems happened with motorcycles. A lot of assassinations occurred here in Sana’a as well as in other provinces . Because motorbikes are easy to get away with, these wicked people use them as a tool to carry out assassinations and acid attacks. They ride and throw acid then easily escape on their bike. This act has ruined work for motorbike drivers including me.” 01:40

“I am just looking for work but I could not find anything except working on my motorbike. They need to find us a solution” Hussain al-Shadadi, Traffic Officer (man, Arabic):
01:47
“There are people who really need the motorbike to make money. They don’t have any other source of income except with their motorbike. However, because there are criminals who are causing problems and assassinating people, politicians, security and army personal with it, making a living on a motorbike has been banned”.
Mershid al-Merhibi, Motorbike Driver (man, Arabic):
02:23
“Sometimes the government sends police patrols to confiscate motorbikes, they take it from you by force. If you can get away from them and manage to transport one or two passengers a-day, this is good for you. However, I have seen them take a motorbike and cut it in half before my eyes.”
02:42

“The money I make in this job is often saved. Some of it is spent on rent, the kids and their school and to buy basic necessities for living. Even though the money is not enough, it still helps out. If they take away our motorbikes, then may god help us; where will we go and what we will do”.
03:23

“We ask Allah for a better, stronger nation that will not prohibit motorbikes so people can make a living” Shot List:
Various shots of Mershid on his motorbike
Various shots of bikers
Surveillance camera video showing an acid attack on a man in the street
Various shots of Mershid and passenger on the bike

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Houthi Shiaas Capture Strategic al-Qa...
Arhab
By Yousef Mawry
22 Dec 2014

December 22, 2014
Arhab, Yemen

Yemen’s Shiaa Houthi movement continues to gain ground after fierce clashes with tribal forces allied with al-Qaeda in the north of the country.

Their latest advancement comes in the Arhab province, where they captured an important base which they claim was used by fighters of the al-Qaida affiliated Islah Party.

The video shows an underground tunnel system and bunkers used by the Islah fighters for training and storing weapons.

SOUNDBITES:

(1:14) Unnamed Houthi Fighter: "This is a Mobile that Contains Two Electric Wires , you set up the Chip and The Battery, you buckle up each wire with one of the explosive."

(2:15) Najeeb al-Qadasi, Houthi Commander: “The takfiri Islah in this military base which is protected from all directions used to fire rockets at the military base. They were al-Qaida. When the popular committees came (Houthis) forced them out of this area.”

(2:37) Unnamed Houthi Fighter: "Today we witnessed how these fields are used and how the terrorist train here and how they were protected by the community.”

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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.

Transcription:

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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Iranian Ambassador to Yemen Escapes H...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
03 Dec 2014

December 3, 2014
Sanaa, Yemen

An explosive-laden vehicle targeted the home of Iranian ambassador to Yemen in the capital Sanaa.

Officials at the site say this was a one of a kind explosion which rocked the entire capital. However, the car bomb failed to harm its intended target, the Iranian Ambassador, who was not in the compound at the time of the attack.

The Yemeni government is expected to form a committee to investigate the assassination attempt however it is mostly likely that the attack was carried out by Al-Qaida in Yemen.

Footage shows houses wrecked due to the heavy impact of the explosion and shattered windows in nearby residential houses and vehicles within the vicinity.

Shot list:

00:00
A close-up shot on the Iranian flag/ zoom out shows damaged Iranian embassy compound from outside.

00:18
Several wide shots show people in plain clothes and military outfits standing outside the Iranian embassy compound.

00:35
A close-up shot on the Iranian flag/ zoom out shows damaged Iranian embassy compound from outside.

00:48
A wide shot shows a car with broken windshield.

00:53
A wide shot shows people walking past the Iranian embassy compound.

01:03
A wide shot shows three men inspecting the damage caused by the explosion.

01:11
Two wide shots show broken windows in the Iranian embassy compound.

01:20
A tilt down movement/ a wide shot shows broken windows in a supermarket near the Iranian embassy compound.

01:34
Interview with private security guard outside supermarket near the embassy (Man, Arabic)

“The explosion took place at 9:05 [AM] at the opening time. I thought it was inside [this building] but it was 300 meters away. It was in the direction of the north. This shrapnel landed here. The glass and decoration in this shopping center were also broken.”

02:03
Interview with government official (Man, Arabic)

“All the concerned authorities and the local council will carry out their duties. His Excellency the President of the Republic has given his orders to authorities to be present at the explosion site
people who were affected by the incident will be paid indemnities.”

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Shia Yemenis in Public Religious Comm...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
18 Nov 2014

November 18, 2014
Sanaa, Yemen

Yemen's Shia-Zaydi Houthis held a conference in the capital Sanaa to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Zayd Ibn Ali Ibn al-Hussein, who was killed in the 8th century after leading a revolt against the Umayyad Caliphate.

Zaydi speakers at the event said that Muslims around the world should follow the example of Imam Zayd and his followers by revolting against tyrannical rulers that exist in the world today.

This follows a long period of political and sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shias in Yemen. In October 2014 the Shia commemorated Ashura in public for the first time in Sanaa. The Shia Houthis now feel more empowered since their insurgents took over the Yemeni capital at the end of September 2014.

Transcription:

Mohamed al-Gurbani, journalist, (man, Arabic):
(02:08-02:32) "On this day, all the Yemenis are celebrating the person who lit a torch in the dark nights of tyranny. Imam Zayd Ibn Ali, we long for him, as we live in liberty, the method that refuses tyranny, refuses submission, and refuses to drift away from the path of Islamic principles."

Sheikh Ali al-Mudhari, Shia Imam, (man, Arabic):
(02:33-03:01) "Imam Zayd encourages us to stand in the face of corruption, oppression, and in the face of those who took advantage of the country and the people. Imam Zayd is a great symbol and a great Imam of the nation. Our children should study his life, his methods and his principles and learn his wisdom to help them in their lives."

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New Yemeni Government Tears Down Prot...
Yemen
By Yousef Mawry
10 Nov 2014

November 10, 2014
Sanaa, Yemen

The Youth Revolution’s tents which have been stood in-front of Sanaa University for three years have been forcefully torn down today under the orders of the newly formed Yemeni government.

The tents were first erected in the 2011 Yemeni Revolution which succeeded in toppling the former ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh. However, because the protesters' demands were not met, many revolutionaries remained camped out in front of the university and vowed to continue their sit-in until their demands were met.

Their demands included: The prosecution of former ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh for the killing of over 1200 youth protesters during the 2011 Youth uprising, the arrest of all government officials who played a role in the crackdown of peaceful protesters during the revolution of 2011, compensation for the lives lost and injuries sustained during the 2011 uprising, and the guarantee of a new Yemeni government free of all types of corruption. They are also demanding for job opportunities and better income wages.

The protesters who had their tents torn down said they do not agree with the government's decision to destroy their three year sit-in. University students however say it was a good move because the tents were blocking off the road preventing them from entering university.

Footage shows tents burning down and being destroyed by police.

Transcription:

(01:34-01:48) "My opinion about what is happening is that these people have demands and we also have demands. Some of us were harmed and some of us got fired from our jobs, and they did not find any solutions for us, or accomplish anything for us."

(02:10-02:23) "This is first step for the new government, opening the gates of the universities, that have been locked since the 2011 uprising, so students can go in and out. That is the first step for the new government."

(02:24-02:33) "The truth is, they are destroying the tents before they destroy the corruption. This issue contradicts with reality and is not what the population demanded."

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Supporters of Saleh Call for the Oust...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
07 Nov 2014

November 7, 2014
Sanaa, Yemen

Tens of thousands of supporters of Yemen’s former ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh filled the capital’s city center, after Friday prayers, to reject proposed UN and US backed sanctions against Saleh and Shia Houthi leaders. The protesters warned that any sanctions enforced would pose a grave threat to US and Yemeni relations. They also called for the US ambassador and the UN envoy in Yemen to leave the country.

The US drafted a proposal to deliver a visa ban and assets freeze on Saleh and two of his allies, Houthi rebel leaders Abdul Khaleq al-Houthi and Yahya al-Hakim.

Transcription:

(00:47- 00:54) “We want the American ambassador to leave our country! We want the American ambassador to leave our country!”

(00:55-01:05) “Abed Rabbuh is a mercenary who works against his own country for the benefit of foreign nations. This mercenary is not able to make any decisions. We have seen nothing but destruction since he came to power.”

(01:59-02:11) “This is a message to the American ambassador: Do not interfere in the policy of our country. We will not allow any country, no matter which one, to interfere in our affairs.”

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First Ever Public Ashura Ceremony in ...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
04 Nov 2014

November 4, 2014
Sanaa, Yemen

Thousands of Houthis gathered at an indoor stadium in Sanaa to mark Ashura and the martyrdom of Imam Hussain Ibn Ali Ibn Abi Taleb who was killed on the tenth day of Muharram 14 centuries ago. This is the first time that the Ashura ceremony has been performed in public in Yemen.

As part of the Ashura event Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, the Houthi leader, also gave a live speech via satellite. He expressed to his supporters that Yemen is currently facing a similar scenario to the one faced by Hussain Ibn Ali, against tyranny and oppression.

He called on the Yemeni people and Yemen’s political factions to reject foreign intervention in Yemen’s internal affairs, which he blames for fueling political and sectarian unrest in Yemen.

Transcription:

Saleh, Shia Houthi supporter (man, Arabic):
(02:05-02:22) "This day is related to a historical, religious, great figure, Imam al-Huseein, who is considered a symbol of Islam. This occasion represents a revolution against iniquity and oppression, a revolution against everything related to injustice."

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Houthis And Yemeni Leaders Hold Huge ...
By Yousef Mawry
31 Oct 2014

October 31, 2014
Yemen, Sana'a

Shia-Zaidi Yemenis hold a massive gathering in the capital Sana’a to discuss ways to solve the various issues in the country.
Prominent Yemeni tribesmen and politicians from the north and south took part in today’s meeting which expressed solidarity with a united independent Yemen free of all types of western intervention.
Speakers at the gathering called on all Yemeni factions to end the years of disputes and work together to uproot all forms of corruption.
Leaders also called for an immediate solution for the southern case which they say can only be resolved by meeting the demands of the southern Yemenis.

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Houthis Hold Mass Funeral for Bomb Vi...
Sanaa
By Yousef Mawry
14 Oct 2014

October 14, 2014
Sanaa, Yemen

Thousands of Houthis held a mass funeral procession on the airport road in Sanaa to bury dozens of protesters who were killed by a suicide bomber in the city center during a demonstration on Thursday 9th October. Family members who came to bury their loved ones said that they are willing to sacrifice more blood for the sake of the revolution.

On the October 9th a suicide bomber detonated himself in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, causing the death of at least 40 people, according to the local news.

The blast struck as hundreds of supporters of the Houthis, a Shia rebel group, were arriving in Tahrir Square for a demonstration.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the Jihadist AQAP group (Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), recently vowed to fight the Houthis to defend the country's Sunni community.

Transcription:

Mohamad Hajar, father of one of the victims. (man, Arabic):

"We are out today at the funeral of the martyrs who died in al-Tahrir (the liberation) massacre. I am the father of the martyr Ahmed Mohamad Hajar and I am proud that he is a martyr. I congratulate him and all of us. We will continue on this road until we achieve our goals and we accomplish justice for all Yemenis."

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Sana'a Aftermath of the Suicide Attack
Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
10 Oct 2014

Aftermath off the suicide attack which happen in Sana'a the Capital of Yemen
The violence comes just hours after Yemen’s new Prime Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak resigned after Houthi militia called for mass protests against the “foreign interference” they said was behind his appointment
Witnesses claim scores of people have been injured , The footage also has four interviews with people who witnessed the explosion unfold.

Translation:

Second interview “He arrived and blew himself up when he reached a crowed. Children were killed. Ten children were killed. In what religion is this justified? In what law is this justified? These Takfiris are the enemies of Islam.

Third interview “What happened today was a huge crime which we hold the president of the republic accountable for because we depended on him to implement that which we all agreed upon. He should take responsibility and reevaluate as soon as possible and take responsibility for everything that will unfold in the future. He needs to make better decisions thatwill benefit the people.”

Fourth “What we see today with the suicide attack by an explosive vest is clear, decisive evidence that these traitors who are backed by the U.S and Israel are afraid come to the battle field. They tried to sabotage the revolution from within, however the revolution will be victorious.

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Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
09 Oct 2014

October 9, 2014
Sana'a, Yemen

The scene of the suicide bomb explosion in Sana'a. Local news reported that 40 people had been killed.

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Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
08 Oct 2014

October 9, 2014
Sana'a, Yemen

Blood trails at the scene of the explosion. A suicide bomber blew themselves up as Houthis were gathering for a rally in Yemen's capital. Local media reported that 40 people had been killed.

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Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
08 Oct 2014

October 9, 2014
Sana'a, Yemen

Blood trails at the scene of the explosion. A suicide bomber blew themselves up as Houthis were gathering for a rally in Yemen's capital. Local media reported that 40 people had been killed.

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Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
08 Oct 2014

October 9, 2014
Sana'a, Yemen

The street is littered with shoes and bloodstains following the suicide bomb attack in Sana'a.

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Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
08 Oct 2014

October 9, 2014
Sana'a, Yemen

Blood trails at the scene of the explosion. A suicide bomber blew themselves up as Houthis were gathering for a rally in Yemen's capital. Local media reported that 40 people had been killed.

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Sana'a
By Yousef Mawry
09 Oct 2014

October 9, 2014
Sana'a, Yemen

Blood trails at the scene of the explosion. A suicide bomber blew themselves up as Houthis were gathering for a rally in Yemen's capital. Local media reported that 40 people had been killed.