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Zaid Al-Alaya'A

Sana'a, Yemen
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About Zaid
Zaid al-Alaya'a is a journalist based in Sana'a, Yemen. I have been working in the field of journalism for 14 years mainly print and online. I am an expert in Islamic groups as I have written many articles, investigative reports in AQAP and other Islamic groups. I have also written so many articles on humanitarian issues that include refugees, migrants, etc. I am a political analysts and was interviewed in several international channels that include France 24, VOA, Sky News, Al-Jazeera English.
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Airstrikes in Yemen: A Personal Tragedy

25 Jul 2023  |  Los Angeles Times
The article is a personal account of a journalist who has lost family members in the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The journalist's uncle, aunt, and their five children were killed in an airstrike in the port city of Makha, which is part of a larger air war led by a Saudi-led military coalition against Houthi rebels. The journalist reflects on the nature of grief, the closeness of Yemeni families, and the difficulty of reporting on such personal tragedy. The article also touches on the broader impact of the war on civilians, with over 3,000 people estimated to have been killed. The journalist shares intimate details of their relationship with their uncle and the pain of dealing with the loss, providing a humanizing perspective on the war's toll.

Cease-fire in Yemen quickly unravels as airstrikes continue

11 Jul 2023  |  Los Angeles Times
The article reports on the fragile cease-fire in Yemen that began on July 10, which was brokered by the United Nations but quickly violated as fighting resumed shortly after it took effect. Despite the cease-fire, intended to last until the end of Ramadan to allow aid delivery, airstrikes and clashes continued, with the Shiite Muslim rebels, known as Houthis, accusing the Saudi-led coalition of breaking the truce. Yemen, already impoverished, faces severe shortages of food, fuel, and medicine due to the conflict and blockade. The U.N. has warned of a potential famine with 80% of the population in need of aid. Skepticism about the truce's effectiveness remains high among residents and analysts, as previous attempts have failed. The article also touches on the regional dynamics, with Saudi Arabia viewing the Houthis as Iranian proxies, and mentions a suspected U.S. drone strike against Al Qaeda-affiliated militants in Yemen.

Life under the bombs in Yemen's capital

05 Apr 2023  |  Los Angeles Times
The article provides a personal account of the ongoing conflict in Yemen, particularly in the capital city of Sana, which has been under bombardment by a Saudi-led military coalition targeting Houthi insurgents. The author describes the daily life under airstrikes, the impact on civilians, including children, and the disruption of normal activities such as schooling. There is a shortage of supplies like flour and long lines at gas stations, indicating a looming humanitarian crisis. The author reflects on the country's history of conflict, the current political tensions, and the difficulty in obtaining reliable information due to the closure of main TV stations by the Houthis. The piece includes contributions from a friend who is a poet and a taxi driver, both expressing despair over the situation. The article ends with the author unsure of how to explain the complex situation to a young neighbor.

Uneasy truce in Yemen after day of deadly clashes

03 Apr 2023  |  Los Angeles Times
In Yemen's capital, Sana, a cease-fire was reached after clashes between Houthi rebels and government forces threatened President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's position. The conflict resulted in at least 15 deaths and over 100 injuries. The rebels took over state media, and there were fears of a coup. Despite the cease-fire, there were still reports of shelling and gunfire. The violence led to a shutdown of daily life in Sana, with residents fleeing and shortages of essentials like gasoline. The instability in Yemen raises concerns for Western officials about the potential advantage it could give to terrorist groups, especially Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The U.S. has conducted drone strikes in Yemen, which have caused civilian casualties and local resentment. The U.S. State Department is monitoring the situation, and there is debate among U.S. officials regarding the Houthis' stance on U.S. counter-terrorism efforts. The conflict has deep roots, including disagreements over a UN-brokered peace plan, and has sectarian and geopolitical dimensions, with regional powers like Iran and Saudi Arabia having vested interests.

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