Debriefer reporter: Armed clashes over Turba security department in Taiz

Taiz (Debriefer)
2019-08-15 | Since 3 Month

Taiz governorate

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Armed clashes erupted Thursday afternoon between security and military forces in al-Shamayatain, the most populated rural district in Taiz governorate, to the southwest of Yemen.

"A force from the 4th Brigade arrived from Taiz City in al-Turba town, the center of al-Shamayatain, in order to help the newly appointed security director put hand on the security department," said Debriefer reporter.

"The former director, Abdul Kareem al-Sameie, refused to hand the department, sparking the 2-hour clashes, between the military force and his supporters, with light and medium weapons.

"The gunfire were limited to the vicinity of the security department and government compound, in al-Turba town," Debriefer correspondent added.

Sameie was given the sack by Taiz security general director, an affiliate of the Islamic Islah Party, who had been reportedly appointed under a decree not approved by the official government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

As getting out of Turba market, Debriefer reporter saw the commander of the Hujaria military area, surrounded by his bodyguards, who denied civilian cars access to Turba market, for security reasons.

"I'm trying to stop them, but they are keeping on [exchanging fire]," the commander said on phone, referring to the force coming from Taiz City.

While the gunfire stopped shortly during the Sunset Prayers, machineguns and RPG were heard again at 8:00 PM, said the reporter, meaning the tensions still dominating the situation.

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