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    Posted January 10, 2014 by
    Sana'a, Yemen
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    Situation in Sana'a During December 2013


    In Sana’a City, Within five instances targeted military and security forces, a high-profile suicide assault resulted in about 52 people, including seven internationals, Yemeni civilians were killed in addition to 162 injuries during an explosion and armed clashes targeted Ministry of Defense Compound. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility, saying the MoD had been targeted because US unmanned drones were being operated from there.
    A week later, The United Nations closed its offices over fears of possible car bombs attacks, and the American and Turkish schools were shut, while all western embassies remained opened.
    Four instances were reported against targets within the international community in Sana’a City. These involved seizing a car was drove by Egyptian citizen released after looting six million YR from him, defusing a car bomb found near the U.S embassy in Sheraton area of Shu'ob district, while in Hadda area, a taxi carrying armed men pulled over in front of a Japanese diplomats’ car and stabbed him when he fought back during a kidnapping attempt, the assailants left the diplomat injured in the ground and drove off in his vehicle. In the same context, unknown individuals attempted to access movements of international staff through a combination of threats and financial incentives to one of the INGO staff.

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