Top Yemeni army commanders support protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, ambassadors resign

By on Mar 21, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, International, Politics Comments

Some top commanders of the Yemeni army announced on Monday, March 21, 2011 their support to protesters against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, while ambassadors to different countries have resigned.

Yemen protests (March 20, 2011)
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According to international news sites including Aljazeera and CNN, numerous top Yemeni army commanders have announced their support for protesters demanding Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s president for 32 years, to step down.

Among them are Major General Ali Mohsen Saleh, head of North Western Military zone; Brigadier Hameed Al Koshebi, head of brigade 310 in Omran area; Brigadier Mohammed Ali Mohsen, head of the eastern division; Brigadier Nasser Eljahori, head of brigade 121, and General Ali Abdullaha Aliewa, adviser of the Yemeni supreme leader of the army.

Meanwhile, Yemen ambassadors to different countries such as Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt and China have resigned from their posts on Monday, as well Abdullah Alsaidi, Yemen’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Huda al-Baan, Yemen’s human rights minister, also announced her resignation from both the government and as a ruling party member as a protest over the recent killings in street protests.

On Friday, March 18, President Saleh declared the Yemen as under the ‘state of emergency’ and curfew, after at least 41 protesters were reportedly killed and more than a hundred wounded in the capital city of Sanaa.

On Sunday, March 20, President Saleh fired his entire cabinet but advised them to stay until a new cabinet will be formed, but street protests continue to grow.

The Yemen protests started almost at the same as the revolution in Egypt took place, and tens of thousands gathered in Saana on January 27, demanding the Yemeni president to resign.

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