Protesters bring bodies of murdered men to president’s house
The protesters also gathered in front of President Hadi’s house demanding the trial of those who killed five people from the Al-Eryani tribe of Ibb governorate on Sunday March 18th.
The protesters brought the bodies of the five dead to Hadi’s house on the day they were killed, but after some hours removed them to Al-Thawra Hospital’s morgue.
The conflict is over 100 plots of land equal to 4,400 square meters located in Iran Street, one of the most luxurious areas in the capital Sana’a.
The land belongs to Bilal Abdullah Al-Eryani from Ibb, a relative of Abdulkareem Al-Eryani, political advisor of former president Saleh. Al-Eryani has documents claiming his possession of the land.
On Sunday March 18th, the Deputy Minister of Interior, General Fadhl Abdullah Al-Qawsi, had the land stormed by 20 military vehicles from the central security forces leading to the death of five workers and injury of ten others, eyewitnesses told the Yemen Times.
The protesters from Al-Eryani’s hometown of Ibb gathered on Wednesday March 21 at Sam Hall in Sana’a to learn of the whereabouts of the killers of the five workers.
Sheikh Nasir Al-Shahiri, a tribal leader and chief of the alliance of tribes from Yemen’s central regions told the Yemen Times that “President Hadi clearly promised us on Tuesday to punish the killers.”
However, to date no action has been taken, according to Al-Shahiri. “We are still waiting for their promises to be fulfilled,” he said.
Sheikh Shahiri and the families of the dead men accuse the Deputy Minister of Interior, Fadhl Al-Gawsi, of sending in the military vehicles and armed tribal elements led by his brother, Thu Yazan.
“Last Sunday, clashes occurred due to disagreement over plots of land in Iran Street in Sana’a,” said a source close to the owner of the land.
He explained that clashes took place when armed men from Al-Hadda supported by soldiers and Hadda Police Department attacked those on the land. Abdullah Al-Eryani said he has a verdict giving him possession of the land issued by the western court in the capital Sana’a.
According to Al-Shahiri, the workers killed were Ahmed Ghailan Ali Al-Jumaee, Riyadh Rashad Al-Kowal, Mohammad M. Al-Mukbili, Bashir Nasir Al-Basha, and Saeed Ahmed Al-Shawri.