Yemeni official: Attackers of the Defense Minister have no legitimate demands
Alsahwah.net- A spokesman of the
Security Committee formed under the GCC power transfer deal has said that the
committee is investigating dozens of soldiers who attacked the Interior
He affirmed that
al-Qaeda carries out explosive and suicidal bombings after it is provided with
information by security services.
In an interview the
London-based al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Ali Saeed Obaid that soldiers of the Police
Department looted the Interior Ministry, indicating that some of them are being
He denied that the
soldiers who tried to storm the Defense Ministry on Tuesday any legitimate
demands, asserting that they only wanted to storm the ministry and destroy its
He further said that 62
soldiers were arrested, hinting that they will be referred to military courts.
Hundreds of the
Republican Guards soldiers attempted to control on some hotels and high places
surrounding the ministry blocked streets and shot fire on guards of the Defense
Ministry on Tuesday.
A panel of the Interior
Ministry and the Defense ministry was formed to investigate the event and
identify its reasons, a security source said.
The source said that a
number of soldiers were killed and wounded during the storm attempts, pointing
out that soldiers of the Republican Guards blocked all roads leading the
These developments came
as the President Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi was taking part in the summit of Muslim
leaders held in Mecca.
Last week, hundreds of
Republican Guard forces loyal to Saleh surroundedthe Defense Ministry in Sana'a for several
hours, protesting decreases issued by Hadi in which he transferred some
brigades of the Republican Guard to other military units.
The soldiers were
dispersed after government forces threatened to open fire if the protesters
Several soldiers were
killed around the Interior Ministry as soldiers affiliated to the former
president Ali Abdullah Saleh stormed its building.
Yemen's security forces
have regained control of the interior ministry day after fighting in the
complex killed 15 people.
Forces from the central
security services intervened to secure the ministry after most of its assets
accused Saleh and his family of seeking to spread chaos in a desperate attempt
to undermine the political process in Yemen.
Hadi's efforts to shake
up the military are always faced with Saleh's resistance.Previous decrees to remove Saleh loyalists