Political Security headquarters in Sana’a under fire
Media sources said that a number of explosions and a heavy gunfire exchange was heard after the attack on the building located on Djibouti Street, in the political zone in the south of the capital.
Many foreign diplomats as well as senior officials reside in the area. The same sources indicated that an unknown number of building guards were injured in the offensive.
Those who launched the attack or their affiliation are not known. Locals said they were scared when they heard the intelligence building’s warning sirens.
Others locals said they saw an ambulance leaving the building carrying what appeared to be injured people. They added that it was not far-fetched to assume there were casualties given the heavy firing.
Tension is rising in the capital with escalating accusations between the political parties of hindering the implementation of the Gulf Initiative. There are also indications of military movements by military units and tribal forces that had previously shown their willingness to remove themselves from the capital.
Sources at the JMP accused the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s military and security leaders, especially Saleh’s relatives in the Republican Guard and the Central Security Forces, of handing out arms to their supporters in the capital in an attempt to undermine security and create a state of instability.
Meanwhile, President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi headed a meeting described by Saba News Agency as “exceptional” with the Military and Security Committee. During the meeting, Hadi warned all parties against resorting to violence and called upon them to work towards total harmony in order to implement the duties of the Security Committee.
Hadi also said, “The committee still has defined duties and tasks that should be carried out in order to establish security and stability properly, open any roads that are still blocked between governorates or districts, and work to protect power wires as well as oil and gas pipes.”
Hadi indicated that there is a strategy to be disclosed soon that would “promote the unity of the armed forces, create security and stability and perform the second phase of the Gulf Initiative and its scheduled executive mechanism supported by the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2014 in order to get past the current state of disintegration.” The president affirmed that “this is the responsibility of all.”