Almotamar.net, Google - A two-day battle between the imam, who wanted to impose Islamic law and Hamas forces left 27 other people dead. The crackdown could allow Hamas to be seen as a bulwark against militancy by the West.
An imam who wanted to impose Islamic law in the Gaza Strip was killed today in an explosion at one of his hideouts, ending a two-day battle between his armed followers and Hamas government forces that left 27 other people dead.
The security crackdown could allow Hamas, which has tried to court favor with the West, to position itself as a moderate Islamic bulwark against militant forces inspired by Al Qaeda.
But the challenge by the imam, Abdel-Latif Moussa, also pointed to splits among Hamas' followers. Residents of the southern city of Rafah, where the clash occurred, said several former Hamas militants were killed while fighting for the imam's group, the Soldiers of the Companions of God.
Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Ihab Ghussein said the imam had espoused "perverted ideas and considered all Gazans as unbelievers" and had allegedly orchestrated the bombings of Internet cafes and a wedding party.
The spokesman said Hamas appealed to scholars, clerics and parents to "educate the Palestinian people in correct and moderate Islam."
Moussa provoked the clash Friday by announcing a campaign to impose religious law by force of arms. He made the declaration during a midday sermon in Rafah surrounded by black-clad gunmen who then holed up with him in a mosque and fought off Hamas security forces who besieged the building.
The rebels eventually abandoned the mosque through an underground tunnel and continued the fight from nearby homes. After an overnight lull, a Hamas negotiator approached the imam's hideout in an attempt to talk him into surrendering. An explosion rocked the house, killing the imam, his aide and the negotiator, Ghussein said.
Ghussein said the aide, a Syrian national of Palestinian origin, set off the explosion by detonating a suicide belt. There was no confirmation of the account by the imam's surviving supporters.
An official source at the Yemenia Airways has denied rumors released in some news websites on the detention of one of the company's aircrafts by the Comorian airport authorities.
The Plane arrived to Sana'a International Airport at 11:30 pm after it took off at 12:45 am from Sana'a and headed to Djibouti and from there to Moroni, where it stopped there for fifty minutes to drop off and pick up passengers.
Egypt has said the future of Yemen would be determined by consensus among the various political parties and without imposing any party his opinion on others by force.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry emphasized the importance of all Yemeni political parties' commitment to continue the political dialogue under the sponsorship of the UN and on the basis of the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanisms, outputs of the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), the Peace and Partnership agreement as well as the Security Council's relevant resolutions, as it is the only way to resolve the country's current crisis.
The Executive Unit to manage camps of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) organized on Thursday a workshop on the announcement of stopping food aid for IDPs and finding other projects in their return areas.
The workshop aimed to educate the IDPs on halting the monthly food rations they were receiving from the UNHCR and international organizations, especially after the war had stopped in Abyan and Saada provinces and they can now return to their homes.
Ahmad al-Kohlani, head of the executive unit, praised the international organizations' role in helping IDPs throughout their displacement period through offering food aid and health and educational services.
The UNHCR spokeswoman confirmed that donors halted providing their aid after the return of IDPs to their homes from the displacement areas.
The internal displacement is one of large and complex issues and should be addressed by the Yemeni government with the support of UNHCR and other international organizations, she added.
The UN Security Council adopted on Tuesday a unanimous Resolution No. (2204) extending sanctions on individuals and entities involved in acts threatening peace, security and stability in Yemen which reflects
The First Military Region's commander Abdulrahman al-Halili survived an assassination attempt, a military source said on Monday.
One of the commander's guards was killed and six others injured when a bomb planted at roadside exploded targeting his motorcade in al-Qatan district in Hadramout province, the Defense Ministry's website quoted the military source as saying.
The UN Secretary General Advisor on Yemen Affairs Jamal Benomar has announced that the political parties reached progress in the dialogue in preparation for a comprehensive dialogue.
Benomar said that the political powers had agreed on the form of the legislative power for the transitional period to ensure participation of all components which were not included in the current parliament.
Russia called on Thursday Yemen's political parties to work as hard as possible to reach an agreement of the current impasse in Yemen.
All political powers did not relinquish the dialogue on forming new State's institutions, despite continuing the current crisis in Yemen," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters.
He urged all political parties to speed up negotiations and show maximum flexibility in order to reach a settlement and implement the Security Council resolution 2201.