Yemen Crisis Situation Reports: Update 102

November 10, 2011

Renewed efforts to resolve the political crisis in Yemen will not resolve the country’s broader unrest. Armed opposition groups, such as al Qaeda in the south, seized territory over the past eight months.

A roadside bomb killed two soldiers and injured three others from the 119th brigade in al Kod, outside Zinjibar in Abyan governorate. Al Qaeda-linked militants likely planted the bomb.

Taiz residents reported that Republican Guard troops fired artillery shells at protesters in the city’s center. Gunmen also opened fire on the protesters. At least one person was killed and nine others wounded, according to a medical official. Additionally, opposition tribesmen have attempted to prevent the movement of units from the 33rd brigade outside of the city.

Clashes occurred in Arhab district, about 60 km northeast of Sana’a, between Republican Guard troops and opposition tribesmen. Sources reported that the tribesmen secured positions in the area. At least two tribesmen were killed and dozens injured in the most recent round of fighting.

Yemen’s interior ministry accused Hashid tribal confederation leader Sheikh Sadiq al Ahmar of violating a ceasefire agreement. The ministry’s statement said that opposition tribesmen fired on its security patrols in al Hasaba district and that additional tribesmen were positioned near the ministry’s headquarters. Separately, three people were injured when armed men opened fire on a protest in Sana’a. The United Nations’ envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, returned to Sana’a to resume negotiations for a transfer of power.

Gunmen attacked a security patrol in al Mukalla in Hadramawt governorate. Two policemen were killed and at least three others were injured.

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