Yemen: Armoured Division Defects to Protestors

“RIVAL tanks deployed in the streets of Yemen’s capital last night after three senior army commanders sided with the movement calling for the ousting of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, leaving him with virtually no support among the country’s most powerful institutions.

Major General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, commander of the army’s 1st Armoured Division, was the most senior of the three commanders to join the opposition.

He announced his defection in a message delivered by a close aide to protest leaders at the square near Sanaa University that has become the epicentre of their movement. Tanks and armoured vehicles from General Ahmar’s division then deployed in the square to support protesters….”



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