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Abed Abdulrazzak Kamel, 30, a suspected al-Qaeda militant, was sentenced to death on May 10 for killing three American missionaries and wounding a fourth. During the trial, he confessed to the December 30 attack, saying that the missionaries were converting Muslims to Christianity. According to the Associated Press, Kamel plans to appeal the verdict, claiming that it violates Islamic law. Kamel admitted to being part of a five-man terrorist cell, committed to carrying out operations in Yemen.

Pray for protection for Christians living and working in Yemen, including the hospital in Jibla where the original attack took place. Pray that, in spite of the oppression in Yemen, the light of Christ will shine brightly through His people.

Country Information

Population
30,399,243 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity
predominantly Arab; but also Afro-Arab, South Asians, Europeans

Religion (%)
Muslim 99.1%, other 0.9%

Leader
President Abd Rabuh Mansur Hadi (2012)

Government type
In transition

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Islamic law, Napoleonic law, English common law, and customary law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Yemen

Pray that the small body of believers will find deep and sustaining joy in their faithfulness.

Pray that the gospel will penetrate the hearts of many Yemeni people.

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