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As Government Looks into Damages Report; Zaidi Scholars Call for Releasing Detainees over Sa'ada Events
  Written By:  Hasan Al-Zaidi ( YEMEN POST STAFF ) 
  Article Date:
August 18, 2008



The ministerial committee tasked with assessing Sa'ada war damages led by the Minister of Local Administration is expected to present its report this week to the cabinet stating the required projects.

This comes after the committee completed assessing the damages that involved the private and public properties during the four-year war in Sa'ada province that left huge damages on people and farms.

Sources from the committee stated to the Yemen Post that reconstruction and development are underway, adding that his committee has already approved the indirect compensation measures in agricultural property through providing agricultural counseling, developing marketing process, implementing modern irrigation networks, providing tractors, and implementing several water dams and barriers across the province.

Sheikh Bakil Abdu Hubaish, from Harf Sufian district, a district outside Sa'ada province that were affected by the war, revealed that the situation of displaced people in his district has not been treated yet.

Hubaish went on to say that about 1,800 families did not return to their houses because they were completely demolished, demanding authorities to set an immediate solution for them.

In related news, Zaidi scholars in Yemen signed Wednesday a letter directed to President Saleh in which they expressed their appreciation and reverence for his decision that ended Sa'ada war.

The letter, signed by Zaidi scholars like Mohammed Al-Mansour, Ahmed Lutf Al-Dailami, Mohammed Mohammed Al-Mansour, Al-Murtadha Al-Muhatwari and several others, described Saleh's decision as courageous and stressed that putting out the fire of sedition needs courage, wisdom, and patience.

It also continued that some innocent people were jailed over Sa'ada crisis by authorities who magnify the volume of events, requesting Saleh to order immediate release of detainees such as Mohammed Muftah and Al-Dailami.  

Meanwhile, security authorities are still withholding hundreds of detainees over Sa'ada events, especially youths. Among the detainees is the late journalist Abdul Wahab Al-Moyyad's son, Luai.

Since announcing Sa'ada war end, relative calm has been prevalent in most Sa'ada districts and citizens in villages and displaced people's areas started to lead their normal lives.

However, citizens complain about shortage of foodstuff and medicines, especially when human organizations paid no visits to these areas, which were dramatically affected by the war.