January 11, 1957

HUMANITARIAN BOMBARDMENTS: Bonn, 11 – The Embassy of Yemen here has issued an announcement that British bombings of towns in Yemen continue, causing hundreds of deaths. In London a Foreign Office spokesman said the British government was not taking seriously a threat by Yemen to call for foreign volunteers, including Russians, and that it was not yet considering raising the conflict with Yemen at the UN. Nor was there any question, he said, of the UN sending observers to Aden. British authorities in the Yemeni capital said that the insurgents had attacked and that the tribal leaders supported by the British were defending themselves. The British also claim that the aerial bombardments were the most effective economic and humanitarian methods of restoring order in areas where the infantry cannot reach. The Russian newspaper Red Star called this a «statement by anthropoid cannibals.» In Cairo tomorrow representatives of Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia are to meet to discuss assistance to Yemen in its confrontation with the British attack. The Yemeni representative, Mr Taleb, said his country will accept volunteers and Egyptian irregulars if the crisis continues.

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