Clashes in Hodeidah [Archives:2000/20/Local News]

May 15 2000

On Saturday May 13, heavy clashes took place between a number of security men, police and emergency police and military police on the one hand and supporters of the former director of transport office col. Ahmed Al-Qatouf who was sacked from his post. Former director of the office was arrested two weeks ago following direct confrontation with some influential people in the governorate who were protecting trucks committing offenses against the law and transport regulations. A number of persons were injured in the clashes including two civilians and a soldier was seriously injured. The local authorities appointed a new director of the transport office and provided him with military men and weapons.
Trucks drivers think that the authorities support to violating regulations was considered as intervention in the office work in favor of some influential people.