Numerous violent incidents reported from southern Yemen on Saturday suggest the situation is deteriorating rapidly:
- The house of Abyan governor Ahmed Al-Miysari was attacked with light and medium-sized weapons; no casualties.
- The home of the director of political security in Abyan was also attacked.
- An early morning explosion targeted the central security headquarters in Mudiah, Abyan province.
- Storage facilities of al-Maz Company for Cotton in Abyan (owned by President Salih's nephew, Yahya Mohammed Abdullah Salih) were attacked with three RPGs.
- About 100 armed people set up a checkpoint in al-Ayn district of Mudiah (Abyan province), demanding ID from those passing through.
- Hundreds of tribesmen from Yafa’ and Abyan provinces were heading for Abyan city where separatist leader Tariq al-Fadhli is besieged in his house (presumably by security forces).
- Mohammad Qasim, 45, was shot dead in his grocery shop between Khanfer and Zinjibar (Abuyan province), allegedly by Fadhli supporters and apparently because he was a northerner from Ta’izz.
- At least one protester was killed and five injured during a separatist demonstration in the main street of al-Dali’ city. A similar demonstration involving hundreds in the neighbouring al-Habileen city passed off peacefully.
- Gunmen blocked the Aden–al-Dali’ road and burned tyres.
Posted by Brian Whitaker, 25 July 2009