Security situation worsening in Yemen
By Nasser Arrabyee,23/12/2012
A motor-cycle riding gunman shot dead an a military officer in the middle Sanaa late after noon Sunday. Later in the day, the ministry of defense identified the victim as Sergeant Bashir Al Odaini.
The ministry of defense said Al Odaini was "martyred" by terrorists without any further details.
Al Qaeda is believed to be behind such kind of assassinations. The Police Academy Street, in the heart of the capital Sanaa, was place of the assassination. Two days earlier, three westerners, two Finns, and one Austrian, were kidnapped almost from the same area of the city. Al Qaeda is believed to be behind the Westerners who were studying Arabic language in the old city.
Earlier in Sunday also, the army was shelling villages in Wadi Habab of Serwah in the eastern province of Mareb where angry and Al Qaeda-linked tribesmen refused to allow technicians and engineers to repair the oil pipe line previously damaged by saboteurs from these tribes.
Helicopter was dropping leaflets telling residents to get out from villages where saboteurs in armed confrontation with the government troops.
The Mareb electricity station was attacked early on Sunday December 23rd 2012, for the second time within hours almost in the same area of Damashekah area of Abeidah in Mareb.
One day earlier, a tribal leader and contractor from Mareb said Saturday that he damaged the electricity and vowing to do that again and again if his rights are ignored.
"It is me who fired and damaged electricity & I would do it again if my right is ignored," said the contractor Hassan Huwaeek from Mareb in a press interview published by Yemen today on Saturday.
"I fired at the towers of electricity in our area in Damashkah, Abeidah, damaging the first damaging parts of the station," He said.
"I swear by Allah that what I have done has nothing to do with any politics, I want only the law to be applied to everyone," he said.
Huwaeek said that the tribal leader of Hashid and famous businessman Hamid Al Ahmar imposed the contractor Mesar Salalm Al Hashidi on a 40 million dollars electricity project in Mareb without any tenders or any respect for the laws.
"I am a well known contractor from Mareb, and I offered my bids like any contractor but someone else was chosen for the project, without any bids or any procedures," he said.
"If it is allowed to choose the contractors without tenders and without laws, then, we the local contractors from Mareb, should be chosen first'" he said.
"I would fire again and damage the whole station completely, if the Indian company can not prove that Al Hashidi was legally chosen," he concluded.