Rival factions in Yemeni army clash in capital

By REUTERS
August 2, 2013 15:08

SANAA - Soldiers once loyal to Yemen's ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, protesting against what they say is neglect by the new leadership, clashed with a rival faction of the military in Sanaa on Friday, police and witnesses said.

The hundreds of soldiers protesting were former members of Yemen's elite Republican Guard, which was run by Saleh's powerful son and which Saleh's successor, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, abolished last year in a bid to unify the army.

Yemen's military remains divided between allies and opponents of Saleh, who stepped down in a Gulf-brokered deal in 2012 after a year of protests against his rule, but still looms large in Yemen.

The former Republican Guards gathered on a parade ground near the presidential palace in central Sanaa, demanding that the ministry of finance pay them a bonus for the holy month of Ramadan.

Shots were fired between them and the Presidential Guard, a force which is loyal to Hadi, and five people were wounded, a police source said.


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