Bishwa Nath Singh
A series of blasts at a bullet factory in south Yemen killed at least over hundred people on Monday the 28th of March 2011 when residents were reported to have broken down in to steal ammunition a day after clashes between militants and the army in the town as reported by the Press media
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Yemen is a country located in the Middle East. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, and Oman to the east.It has a land area of 555,000 square kilometers and a population of approximately twenty four million ...as per 2010census. Its capital and largest city is Sana'a. Yemen's territory includes over two hundred islands, the largest of which is Socotra, over four hundred km to the south of mainland Yemen, off the coast of Somalia. It is the only state in the Arabian Peninsula to have a purely Republican form of Government. It is reported lately that the clashes had broken out in Jaar on Sunday the 27th of March 2011 between militants and the army, feeding Western and Saudi fears that chaos in Yemen would benefit al Qaeda’s Yemen-based arm while President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s thirty two year-old rule is in crisis who is facing pressure from tens of thousands of protesters demanding his removal. Talks on a transition have stalled, although sources close to the discussions said a deal was still within reach. Militants who a provincial government official said were suspected to be from al Qaeda seized control of several buildings on Monday the 28th of March 2011 in the town of several hundred thousand residents, including the bullet factory. The army tried to dislodge them, but later appeared to have deserted the town for the provincial capital of Zinjibar, where security was tightened after militants fired rockets at state buildings, witnesses said. One soldier was killed on Sunday and aircraft flew over Jaar. By early on Monday the 28th of March 2011, Islamist gunmen appeared to be in control of Jaar and had left the bullet factory. But they did not prevent residents from streaming in to see the factory or steal from an ammunition depot on the site, witnesses said. The factory is surrounded by these terrorist elements who did not allow fire trucks to enter to extinguish the blaze in the factory, nor did they allow ambulances to transport the dead and wounded to hospitals," a provincial official said. Doctors said they were later allowed in to retrieve the remains, and the governor of Abyan announced an investigation, state media said. U.S administration which has been involved in the transition talks in Yemen, and Saudi Arabia have seen Saleh as a strongman to keep al Qaeda from extending its foothold in a country which many political analysts say is close to collapse. Yemen's al Qaeda wing claimed responsibility for a foiled attempt in late 2009 to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit and for U.S.-bound cargo bombs sent in October 2010. With central control weak, Saleh's government has relied on tribal allies .Let us hope that Yemen will come out with this grave crisis smartly in due course of time and democracy will prevail there over all odds!
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