Counter-insurgency in Yemen

Scores are dead in Yemen, where security forces are battling Islamist forces led by Badruddin Al-Houthi in and around the northwestern town of Saada. A group of opposition parties is calling for the nation’s pariliament to immediately launch an investigation into "extra-judicial killings" by government forces in the operation. (Arab News, April 9) The fighting has left at least 70 this week, and 170 over the past month. The rebellion’s leader, also rendered Badr el-Deen al-Hawthi, is said to be son of Hussein al-Hawthi a "renegade cleric" who launched the rebellion adnd was killed by government forces in September. (VOA, April 8)

See also WW4 REPORT #s 94, 52 & 30.