Republican guard member killed in Taiz [Archives:2003/698/Local News]

December 29 2003

Last Wednesday, a serious violent incident took place near the presidential palace crossroads in Taiz City when Republic Guard members exchanged fires with soldiers belonging to the inspection department of the Public Works Authority.
According to eyewitnesses, the incident started when soldiers from the Public Works Authority were intercepted by Republican Guard members and prevented from carrying out their work, which was to inspect buildings that were built without prior authorization. After a verbal dispute, both parties began using live ammunition to settle their differences, killing one of the guards, and injuring others. The vehicle of the Public Works team was also damaged in the shootout.
An urgent meeting was held last Saturday to discuss the incident and take appropriate action. The incident has also resulted in a turbulent relationship between the two parties. Senior military and official representatives from both sides tried to bridge the gap in this particular issue and several others, but to no avail.