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Monday, 11-December-2006
Almotamar Net - Yemen is practically a cool green paradise, with crisp mountain air, enormous acacia trees, pristine coral reefs and verdant fields bursting with khat, a psychoactive plant that induces mild euphoria. 
TOM DOWNEY - TO the untrained thrill-seeker, Yemen would seem to promise the kind of adventures that only James Bond would relish: kidnapping by tribal factions, riots over gasoline prices, cheap and plentiful AK-47s, and taxi drivers who pack daggers and pistols. Plus, there’s the specter of terrorism: the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Aden in 2000 presaged much bigger attacks.

But in contrast to the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, which is mostly hot, dry and barren, Yemen is practically a cool green paradise, with crisp mountain air, enormous acacia trees, pristine coral reefs and verdant fields bursting with khat, a psychoactive plant that induces mild euphoria.

In recent years, tour operators have started to capitalize on Yemen’s exotic geography as the new frontier in adventure travel. New outfits offer grueling treks to mountaintop villages, four-wheel-drive safaris through untrammeled deserts and sailing voyages aboard ancient dhows to isolated, Galápagos-like islands. And unlike Dubai, the Oz-like emirate on the other side of Saudi Arabia, Yemen is nothing if not authentic.

Yemen is also safer today, thanks to post-9/11 ties between Yemen and the United States that seem to have quieted tribal tensions and undermined terrorist operations in the country. A steady stream of European adventurers have already arrived.

One of the more intrepid tours is offered by Arabia Felix (www.arabiafelixworld.com), a tour company based in Dubai. It has started two-week-long safaris that snake from Dubai across Oman, and along old frankincense trading routes into eastern Yemen. Guests alternate between camping alongside desert nomads and staying at luxurious places like the Al Hawta Palace Hotel, a former Yemeni palace in Sayun.

Visitors get to see “an Arabia with no borders,” said Marco Livadiotti, one of the principals of Arabia Felix.

After crossing into Yemen, the journey continues through the fabled Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert, the world’s largest stretch of sand. Then it proceeds to the fertile green valley of Wadi Hadramaut, home to Yemen’s two most atmospheric towns. The walled city of Shibam has a skyline of tall mud-brick houses, earning it the nickname “the Manhattan of the Desert.” Nearby, the ancient town of Tarim has 365 mosques, one for each day of the year.

The final leg of the journey, from archaeologically rich Marib to the capital, Sana, is a bit dodgier and requires an armed Bedouin escort because of tribal unrest.

For those who want to explore by foot, the Haraz Mountains along Yemen’s western edge are a hiker’s paradise. The region is linked by well-worn trails that cut through fields of prized khat, zigzag across lush green mountaintops and pass through fortresslike villages of mud and stone houses.

Along the way, you can pitch a tent, check into small village guesthouses, or luck out with an invitation to stay at someone’s home. Yemen may seem chaotic, but old-school Arabian hospitality, especially toward foreigners, almost always prevails.

Yemen’s most far-flung adventure is undoubtedly the island of Socotra, a time capsule 210 miles off the coast in the Indian Ocean. Socotra is an alien world, even to most Yemenis. Natives speak an obscure language, Soqotri, that is virtually unintelligible to mainlanders. The fauna and flora of this island evolved separately from mainland Arabia.

Until recently, the island could be reached only by boat and was cut off from the rest of the world during the monsoon season, June to September. Now flights land year round, bringing scuba divers to spectacular reefs that are only beginning to be explored. There are steep limestone cliffs that plunge into dark chasms, a colorful bounty of coral and other rich (and endangered) marine species like sea turtles and groupers.

Inland, you can hike up the Haghier Mountains, camp on a beach or go off-roading along the wadis (dry riverbeds), where you might come across endemic birds and plants like the dragon’s blood tree, which leaks red liquid when cut.

But the most exotic encounter on Socotra may be its people, descendants of both African and South Arabian tribes, who have developed a culture unique from any other place on the planet. Even today, the islanders seem to live as they want, not to please or profit from the few tourists who reach their home.

Source: New York Times
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Tuesday, 21-June-2016
The Saudi-led war jets waged two raids on Harib Nehm area in Sana’a province, a military official said late Monday.

The Saudi aggression warplanes continued flying during the past few hours in the skies of Mareb, Jawf, Amran and Taiz provinces, as well as in the sky of Nehm district in Sana’a province, in repeated breaches to the UN-backed ceasefire, the official added.

On another hand, the aggression’s hirelings bombed with artillery and missiles toward Bareq and Malh areas and attacked Malh area in Nehm district of Sana’a province with machine guns, according to a military official.
Monday, 20-June-2016
The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire during the past hours in several province, a military official said Monday.

The Saudi warplanes waged an air raid on al-Makhdra area in Serwah district of Mareb province, two raids on Yam area in Nehm district of Sana'a province and two raids on Khab and al-Sha'af district of Jawf province.

The Riyadh's hirelings targeted al-Hawl area in Nehm in Sana'a and pounded al-Ghail district in Jawf with different kinds of weapons. In Lahj province, they targeted
Monday, 20-June-2016
The Saudi fighter jets waged on Monday two air raids on al-Aqaba area in Khab and al-Sha'af district of Jawf province, a local official said.

The official added the Riyadh's hirelings continued to target houses and agricultural farms in al-Ghail and al-Moton district
Monday, 20-June-2016

The missile force of the army and popular committees targeted on Monday hireling gatherings on Kawfal military camp in Serwah district of Mareb province.

A military official said the missiles hit targets accurately, adding that many of the hirelings were killed or injured.
Sunday, 19-June-2016
The Saudi aggression and its mercenaries continued to breach the ceasefire during the past hours in several province, a military official said Sunday.

The Riyadh's hirelings pounded al-Ghail and al-Moton districts in Jawf province with artillery shells. Meanwhile, the army and popular committees repulsed an attempt of the hirelings to advance towards Waqaz area in al-Masloub district in Jawf, killing or injuring tens of them.

The hirelings targeted many areas in Serwah district of Mareb province with shells. They also hit a house in al-Noqob area in Usailan district of Shabwa province, the official said.
Sunday, 19-June-2016
Around 30 hirelings were killed in the missile attack carried out on Saturday on 115th military Brigade camp in Jawf province, a military official said Sunday.

The missile force of the army and popular committees fired on Saturday a ballistic missile on 115th military Brigade camp in al-Hazm city, the capital of Jawf province.
Sunday, 19-June-2016
The Saudi warplanes waged on Sunday an air raid on al-Makhdra zone in Jeda'an area of Mareb province, a local official said.

The Riyadh's hirelings continued to target houses in Serwah district in Mareb with artillery shells and Katyusha rockets.
Sunday, 19-June-2016
A hireling leader in Mareb province was killed on Sunday, a military official said.

The army and popular committees pounded Atees military site in Mareb, killing the leader called "Abu-Alqa'aqa".

Abu-Alqa'aqa was a prominent military leader and appointed by the Saudi-led coalition in the province, he said.
Saturday, 18-June-2016
The missile force of the army and popular committees fired on Saturday a ballistic missile on a gathering of the Saudi aggression mercenaries in Jawf province.

A military official explained that the ballistic missile targeted the mercenaries gathering at the 115th Brigade Camp in al-Hazm city of Jawf province.
Saturday, 18-June-2016
A woman was shot dead by Riyadh's hirelings in Oqbah zone in al-Jahmalia area of Taiz province, a security official said Saturday.

Oqbah zone was also bombed by the hirelings where many houses were damaged, according to the official.

Three people were critically injured when the hirelings targeted a mosque in al-Moton district of Jawf province.

The Saudi warplanes waged an air raid on al-Majram area in Haidan district of Sa'ada province, an air raid on al-Matar area in Serwah district of Mareb province, three raids on al-Masloub and al-Matmah district of Jawf province.

The warplanes dropped flash bombs on the sky of Bani Seham area in Khawlan al-Teyal district of Sana'a province.

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