Yemeni Air Force Soldiers Rise against Commander
TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of officers and soldiers protested inside
the International Sana'a Airport on Sunday, demanding the country's authorities
to sack Air Force Commander Mohammad Saleh Al-Ahmar, a half-brother of ousted
Dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh.
According to Yemen Post, five tanks and many military
vehicles belonging to the Central Security and Special Guard Forces rushed to
the airport with the aim of dispersing the protesting soldiers.
"However, Major General Ahmed Ali Al-Ashwal, Chief of the General Staff,
immediately headed to the airport and ordered the forces not to assault
approximately 500 protesters," a soldier said on the condition of anonymity,
according to the report.
He further said that negotiations continue between Al-Ashwal and some officers
of the Air Force, indicating that they insist Al-Ahmar should be fired and all
their demands should be met.
Sources said that Guards of Al-Ahmar arrested an officer, Omar Al-Hatimi, who
loudly criticized Al-Ahmar and threw his shoes at him inside a meeting hall of
the Air Force.
Officers and troops complained that Al-Ahmar has trampled all their rights and
failed to keep his promises.
The report said the soldiers were preparing to escalate their protests against
Al-Ahmar in case all their demands are not met.
The revolution of institutions has hit many public authorities and resulted in
the ouster of tens of corrupt officials in Yemen.
Among those high-ranking officials who lost their positions were Major General
Ali Hassan Al-Shater, chief of the Armed Forces Moral Guidance Department and
Abdul Khaleq al-Qadhi, chairman of Yemenia Airlines.