21 Mar '11, 1pm

Tanks deployed in Yemen capital as top general defects

Tanks deployed in Yemen capital as top general defects

SANAA : Tanks were deployed outside the presidential palace in Yemen on Monday after a top general announced his allegiance to the protest movement seeking to oust President Ali Abdallah Saleh from power. Tanks took up positions in key locations across Sanaa including at the presidential palace, the central bank and the ministry of defence, an AFP correspondent saw. The deployment came as General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, an armoured infantry division commander, announced that he had joined the "revolution" along with other senior officers. "The crisis is getting more complicated and it's pushing the country towards and violence and civil war," he said in a statement broadcast by Al-Jazeera television. "According to what I'm feeling, and according to the feelings of my partner commanders and soldiers... I announce our support and our peaceful backing to the youth revolution. "W...

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