Yemeni Interior Minister Abdel Qader Qahtan (C) answers journalists' questions outside the central prison compound on June 2, 2013 in Sanaa, Yemen. The Freedom Foundation, a Yemeni non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting press freedom, documented 260 separate instances in 2012 in which journalists faced harassment and threats — even forced disappearance and attempted murder. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)
“Much as I miss them, I cannot live with my family anymore – my work puts them in danger,” Mohammed al-Rubaa, the 27-year-old host of a popular political satire TV show in Yemen told me earlier this year. “The reality is that I entered a profession that may lead to a very short life." Since a transitional government took office in Yemen in February 2012, there has been an alarming rise in attacks on journalists. Al-Rubaa was just one of 15 journalists to tell me that he receives regular death threats because of his work. Many put on a brave face and said they’ve received so many threats they no longer take them seriously.
An aide to Yemen's Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa said the premier escaped unharmed after gunmen shot at his motorcade.
Ali al-Sarari, an adviser to Basindwa, said unidentified attackers opened fire on the motorcade in the evening while Basindwa was returning home from his office in Sanaa.
Al Qaeda's Yemen faction is working to free jailed militants as soon as possible, according to a statement posted online by Nasser al-Wuhayshi, a co-founder of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
“We strongly condemn the drones,” Fadl Abdullah, head of the Yemeni Organization for Human Rights, told the AP on Friday, before the latest strike. “There are strong chances that civilians get killed in the middle of the strike, either because they are present at the site of the attack or simply because of wrong information provided by the informants.”
The State Department urges all US citizens to leave Yemen immediately due to security threats, violence flares on the India-Pakistan border, another nuclear emergency is building at the Fukushima nuclear plant, and a snake attacks in Canada.