land dispute kills soldiers and civilians in Sana’a [Archives:2007/1043/Local News]

April 19 2007

SANA'A, April 18 ) An armed gang attacked last Sunday a group of military police who were guarding a plot of land in Asr to the west of Sana'a, killing three of them and injuring another.

Media source mentioned that 40 armed men wearing civilian clothes and affiliated with an officer in the Republican Guard in Taiz Branch named Abdullatif Al-Dhanin, a son of Brig. Saleh Al-Dhanin, the Commander of South Military Area, are responsible for the incident.

The source added that Al-Dhanin was accompanied by some armed men when they attacked the soldiers guarding the land, which belongs to an UAE investor of Yemeni origin. They clashed with soldiers causing three to die and another one critically injured.

It also mentioned that the land belongs to a Yemeni, who was working as a secretary for late UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, and not to the state as claimed by some media sources. Further, it added that the President Saleh pledged to guard the land and that is the reason for which dozens of military vehicles existed in the land site

Unconfirmed information revealed that the armed men got out some of their injured comrades by force from the hospital to avoid the accountability especially when security apparatuses caught about 20 armed men.

Similar bloody clashes over a plot of land took place last February in the south of the Capital when a group of armed men from the same tribe, Sanhan, tried to take a land belonging to a citizen from Al-Baidha by force. Many citizens were killed and injured in that incident. In fact, such disputes are attributed to the lack of fair judiciary whose main task is to resolve the pending problems soon especially in Sana'a and Aden.