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Timeline of key events since 28 July

Anti-government protesters in Yemen
Anti-government protesters in Yemen (Obi Anyadike/IRIN)

Several hundred people have been killed or injured in nationwide unrest in Yemen since February with protesters demanding an end to President Saleh’s 33-year rule. Below is a timeline of key events from 28 July to the present:

Timeline of events 26 June - 24 July

28 July: At least 40 killed in shelling of Nihm and Arhab districts, northeast of Sana’a, as armed tribesmen attempt to break into military bases of the Republican Guards (led by the president’s son Ahmad).

29 July: Tens of thousands take to streets of Sana’a and other main cities on “Friday of Tolerance”. Saleh’s supporters rally on what they call “Friday of Indebtedness to the Saudi Monarch” for the reception and treatment of President Saleh.

30 July: Some 90 people, including three senior army officers, killed in clashes between troops and militants in Abyan Governorate. Opposition leader Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ahmar threatens wounded President Saleh, saying “He will no longer rule Yemen as long as I am alive.”

31 July: 250 gunmen killed in clashes with Republican Guards in Arhab District, 30km northeast of Sana’a as armed tribes try to take control of strategic military sites overlooking Sana’a.

1 August: Five killed, 11 injured as clashes resume in Taiz city between Republican Guards and opposition gunmen. Unknown rebel militia launches attack on a military checkpoint in the Habilain area on 2 August; five soldiers and an officer taken hostage.

5 August: Tens of thousands demonstrate in main cities on “Friday of Peace until Victory”. “Friday of Thanksgiving” for Saleh’s supporters in Sana’a’s Sabeen Square. Gunfire between Republican Guards and Al-Ahmar gunmen erupts in al-Hasaba area, north of Sana’a, but no casualties reported. Two citizens mistakenly killed by police in Aden city.

6 August: Two policemen from the Central Security Forces and a citizen killed and more than seven others injured in renewed clashes in Taiz city. Wounded President Saleh leaves Saudi Military hospital for recuperation in a temporary residence in Riyadh.

10 August: Opposition parties announce that a national council of dozens of members of all districts nationwide will be formed in a week’s time to run the country. Deputy Information Minister Abdul Janadi says the announcement to form a national council is a call to war.

11 August: Maj Ismail al-Ghurbani, a commander of the defected 310th Armoured Brigade killed by government supporters in Amran city. Injured President Saleh says defected Gen Ali Mohsen Saleh, commander of the Northwestern Military Zone, and Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, leader of Hashid Tribal Confederation, must leave the country before he can sign the Gulf Cooperation Council-brokered deal on the transfer of power to Saleh’s vice-president.

12 August: Tens of thousands demonstrate in Sana’a and other main cities on “Friday of Victory with God’s Help”. Saleh supporters rally in Sabeen Square on “Friday of Alignment”. Pro-government armed tribesmen ambush a patrol of a defected army unit in Amran Governorate, wounding five soldiers and taking four hostage.

13 August: Brig Hamid al-Qushaibi, commander of the defected 310th military division in Amran Governorate, escapes a presumed assassination attempt.

14 August: At least 26 people killed or injured in clashes between armed tribesmen and Republican Guard forces in Nihm District, 30km northeast of Sana’a. Eighteen Islamic militants killed in air strikes in Abyan Governorate. In Taiz Governorate, one Republican Guard solider killed and two injured in clashes with opposition gunmen.

15 August: At least 14 tribesmen killed and five others wounded in Al-Jawf Governorate after a suicide car bombing attack against a gathering of Houthi tribesmen in the governorate’s administrative HQ.

16 August: At least 25 tribesmen killed in clashes between tribal fighters and Republican Guards in Arhab District (20km north of Sana’a) with the latter's tanks entering some villages whose inhabitants are accused by the government of shelling military bases in the area. A healthier-looking President Saleh appears on state TV vowing to return home.

17 August: Opposition groups elect a 143-member "National Council for the Forces of the Peaceful Revolution". It includes representatives of the main opposition parties, the Houthi Movement, defected tribes and army units, and the Southern Movement.

18 August: Government spokesperson Abdu al-Janadi, who also serves as deputy information minister, escapes a presumed assassination attempt when a bomb goes off near his house, west of Sana’a.

19 August: Tens of thousands demonstrate in Sana’a and other main cities on the "Friday of Supporting the National Council". Government supporters rally at Sabeen Square on the "Friday of Yemeni Wisdom". Government officially accuses opposition heavyweight Sheikh Hamid al-Ahmar and defected Gen Ali Mohsen Saleh, commander of the Northwestern Military Zone, of being behind the assassination attempt on President Saleh and senior officials on 3 June.

20 August: An assassination attempt on Col Nasser al-Marfadi, assistant commander of Military Camp 37 Mica in Hadhramaut Governorate leaves 10 injured after an attacker throws a bomb at his car.

22 August: Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawer returns to Yemen from a Saudi hospital.

23 August: Some 30 Islamic militants killed in airstrikes in Abyan Governorate. Eight soldiers and 15 others also killed in clashes in the area.

26 August: Tens of thousands of protesters demonstrate in several main cities on the so-called “Friday of Omens of Victory”.

29 August: President Saleh and defected Major-Gen Ali Mohsen trade accusations over insecurity and Yemen’s future in TV speeches on the eve of Eid al-Fitr.

30 August: Minister of Defence Mohammed Nasser Ahmad escapes a presumed assassination attempt in Abyan.

2 September: Tens of thousands take to streets in Sana’a and other main cities on “Friday of Revolutionary Decisiveness”.

3 September: At least five soldiers killed and nine others injured in a suicide car bomb at a military checkpoint on the highway between the Aden and Abyan governorates.

4 September: Seven protesters injured in clashes with pro-government forces in the Sana’a.

5 September: Seven civilians killed and five others injured as military airstrikes hit a mosque in Jaar, an al-Qaeda stronghold town in Abyan Governorate.


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