New security plan to close Aden off from militants
The new security plan came one week the appointment of both a new governor and new security chief for Aden. New governor Rasheed Ali announced the security plan on Thursday. Having been approved by the military committee, the plan is set to be carried out on Saturday of this week.
Ali explained that the plan has been designed to restore security and tranquility to the coastal city of Aden.
Aden's security chief, General Sadiq Haid, said the plan aims “to close Aden off from fugitive terrorist elements who fled from Abyan to Aden and to make the governorate resistant to terrorist acts.”
According to state-run Saba news agency, Haid said the importance of the new plan lies in the fact that Aden is situated very close to Abyan, the center of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Aden has been badly affected by a series of terror attacks launched by AQAP militants against military bases and security checkpoints.
Growing insecurity has forced many people in the city to take up arms to defend themselves.
Security soldiers and dozens of armored vehicles were deployed earlier this week to guard government and security facilities.
On Saturday morning – also the first day of the security plan's implementation – unknown assailants exploded oil pipelines which link Aden refinaries in Buriqah to oil stores in Twahi.
An eyewitness told Yemen Times that smoke from the blast proceeded to cover the surrounding area.
The call for army restructuring
On Friday in Aden, thousands of protesters rallied to demand that newly-elected president Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi restructure the national army.
This past Friday carried the slogan “Restructure the army to stay faithful to the martyrs.” The demonstrators chanted slogans to send a message to the president about the urgent need to restructure the army.
The protesters strongly condemned the killing of soldiers by Al-Qaeda militants in Abyan last week. During the demonstration, protesters accused "remnants of Saleh's regime" of being behind the killings in Abyan.