Thursday, June 2, 2011
Sana'a airport closes as fighting intensifies
The Yemen Post meanwhile reported that the fighting had also spread out to the south of Sana'a, where the residence is located of Hussein al-Ahmar, the wealthiest brother of Sadeq al-Ahmar. The Yemen Post reported that units of the Republican Guard had gathered in the area, where also other Al-Ahmar familiy members have residences.
Some reports, which could not be verified, mentioned that the government troops shelled the headquarters of the 1st armoured brigade of the army, which is led by general Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who went over to the opposition in March and whose troops are protecting the protesting crowds on Taghir (Change) Square in Sana'a. It is not the first time that was reported that president Saleh tried to draw Ali Mohsen's brigade into the fighting. Other reports aslo mentioned aerial bombardments in Amran, the home base of the Al-Ahmar.