Soldiers protest against new appointed leader in south Yemen

10:29, March 31, 2011      

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An outbreak of disputes and divisions erupted on Wednesday between soldiers loyal to former military commander Abdul aIlah al-kadhi, who resigned and announced his support for the youth peaceful protest movement, and their new appointed leader in Yemen's southern province of Lahj, local military officers told Xinhua.

The disputes aroused as the new leader withdrew the weapons of the soldiers in order to avoid rebellion following the resignation of al-kadhi and refused to give back to them so far, the officer said on condition of anonymity.

"As a result, the soldiers in the military base organized a demonstration in front of the military camp and threatened to escalate protest in case there is no response to their demands," he added.

Efforts are being made to calm the soldiers for fears of turning the demonstration into looting acts, he said.

The officer also said that the demonstration was incited by a number of officers who already joined the protests, warning of such actions may lead to a battle in the large military bases and further violence in Yemen.

Source: Xinhua
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