17 die, dozens injured in Yemen Interior Ministry clashes
Wed Aug 1, 2012 2:14AM
This is the tribesmen’s second attempt to seize the Interior Ministry building in three days.On Sunday, Saleh loyalists took a number of the ministry staff hostage, but they released them shortly afterwards.
Tuesday’s incident was the heaviest fighting in the capital since Saleh relinquished power.Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to then Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in February 2012. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in Riyadh on November 23, 2011. Yemen is the Arab world’s poorest country. Forty percent of the people of Yemen are living on two US dollars a day or less and one third are wrestling with chronic hunger. About 31.5 percent of the population is “food insecure” and around 12 percent of the Yemeni people are “severely food insecure,” according to the United Nations. MHB/AS/HGL