The control of Islamic militants was cemented yesterday when they took over a town in Yemen. All this happened when break away units of the army were encouraging the other military troops to change their side of loyalty.
The town of Zinjibar close to Gulf of Aden was stormed by militants on Friday, they ended up occupying banks along with government offices. The report of military officials said that the reach of militants was increased on Saturday night when they captured 6 army tanks and armoured cars after the withdrawing of the local army.
General Abdullah Ali Elewa, commander of the breakaway forces appealed to the other units to stand amongst each other.
The capital of Sana heard explosions, their origin remaining unknown. Witnesses’ of the city of Taiz recalled the security forces attacking the protesters who were camping at Central Square. This attack was in the form of water cannons and rifles. Around a hundred and fifty were treated in hospitals as reported by the doctors. Six protesters had been killed earlier in Taiz.
With the crisis reaching its third month Saleh has been arguing that if he would fall, the militants would ruin the country, something which has been termed as a bluff by Critics.
Moammar Khadafy’s forces were expelled in heavy firepower street battles with the rebels in Misurata. However the rebels are faced with a tougher task of facing the military which is better armed in open terrain.
The territory which was under the control of the opposition forces has expanded by making a 15 milecover, covering the port city and also making it difficult for Khadafy’s weapons to reach Misurata. The battle which lies ahead is a difficult one because they would have to fight in the open desert, olive groves and wheat fields by which the city is surrounded. The senior rebel commander was quoted saying ‘’ this would be more difficult. Communications, equiptment, logistics and supplies are the issue’’
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