In those days, while the world watched the situation in Libya and the start of the bombing of the country, the Arab "spring of nations" continued. Mass riots have taken place in Yemen — the state, located in the south of the Arabian Peninsula at the entrance to the Gulf of Aden.
Local residents since the end of January to seek the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, which manages the state since 1978. Initially, the actions in this economically depressed state developed by the Egyptian scenario. First president did not direct any attention to the protesters, and then was obliged to make concessions to the opposition. He promised this year to present the latest draft of the constitution, which provides for a parliamentary form of government, and promised not to stand as a candidate in the presidential election. At most — immediate resignation, as urged by the opposition, he refuses to go. Do not give up and his opponents, often conducted multi-million dollar rallies in the capital Sana'a.
Last Friday one of these marches was shelled by local security forces. As a result, the massacre 40 people died and another 300 were injured. Soon after that president declared a state of curfew and declared a state of emergency, which has permitted the security forces loyal to him to detain and arrest suspects without charge.
On the mass shooting in the capital and the introduction of the state of emergency has responded swiftly enough army. Despite the fact that it is controlled by members of the presidential family, its commanders sufficiently disclosed their true position. The last Sun to the enemies of the regime defected commander of the Northern Military Area and the First Armored Division (one of the most combat-ready units Yemeni army), half-brother of the president, Brigadier General Ali Mohsen Saleh Al-Ahmar. Part of it came to the central area of the town, and said that from now on protesters take under its protection. Soon on his own support of the rebel said, and many other army officers. After that, the president backed off and many diplomats working abroad and tribal aristocracy. Namely, about his own support for the opposition said Sheik Sinan Abu Lohum, which manages the tribe Bakil, naikrupneyshim of tribal associations. In addition, Saleh turned away from even those with whom he could always rely on. More one influential sheikh — Sadiq al-Ahmar of naikrupneyshgo Hashed tribal alliance, announced that president should listen to the views of people from their own office. For Saleh, it was a severe blow: he belongs to one of the tribes of the union.
Yet in Tuesday, March 22, in a televised address to the nation warned the head of the country's commanders of the troops, that any attempt to get out of his submission will result in civilian war. "All the samples to come to power by municipal coup lead to civilian war", — he said. Immediately, he called his loyal officers "did not yield to the dictatorship of the media and to maintain security and stability of the country."
On Thursday, the devotees of the head of the country Guards, commanded by the son of President Ahmed Saleh, tried to suppress the revolt. But to do this they failed. Now Those Days in the east of the country, violent clashes erupted between the warring parties. As reported by the media, there were dead and wounded. So far failed to gain the upper hand by either party.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation is not in a hurry to begin evacuating their employees from Yemen. This was announced by the official dealer of Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich. According to him, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Russian citizens to refrain from traveling to the Republic of Yemen, and those who are there — to try to quickly return to their homeland. In addition, the diplomat said that Moscow is concerned about the increasing violence in Yemen. Still rely on Smolensk Square that large-scale violence all the same will be avoided, and Yemen will continue to political reforms and socio-economic development of the country.