Written By: Shuaib M. al-Mosawa
Article Date: Jul 7, 2012 - 1:09:06 PM
Sexual assaults, murder and robberies were legion now that the state appeared weaken.
A policeman in the capital said that people now tend to handle matters with their own hands, wanting to sort their legal issues themselves, often resorting to fire arms to make their point heard.
“Land ownership related issues now almost always end up in a shoot-out. People are sent to the hospital with gun wounds every day in the capital. The outskirts of Sana’a are even more dangerous as tribesmen roam undisturbed, robbing travelers and God knows what else,” said the police officer.
Some data gathered by the Yemen Observer paints a troubling reality as Yemen is clearly becoming unsafe for law abiding citizens while turning into a haven for harden criminals and thugs.
Rebellion against the state Dozens of armed men fired at a security forces dispatch as they were supervising the expulsion of illegal settlers on government land, north of Sana’a on July 2.Although clearly standing outside the law, residents dared oppose the security forces hoping that violence would be a strong enough deterrent.
Witnesses told the Yemen Observer by phone that 60 men threatened the government forces with guns, adding that the gang assaulted a government worker and mugged him.
Road blocks Tribesmen in Mareb – eastern province of Yemen – continue to prevent Oil and Gas companies - YLNG and TOTAL – from resuming their operations by preventing oil tankers and other vehicles from passing through in a bid to exert pressure on the central government and force Sana’a to comply with their demands.
A source at YLNG told the Yemen Observer that the company was losing tremendous amount of money because of what he called “tribal sabotage.”
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