Sanaa-Maarib road reopens after a year |
Arab News - 25 June, 2012
A road linking Yemen’s capital to an oil-producing province was opened for the first time in more than a year yesterday, after the army and tribal fighters agreed to withdraw from positions along the route, military officials said.
Yemen’s Republican Guard had skirmished with tribal groups in the area, blocking deliveries of gas and other products from Maarib to the capital.
Both sides agreed to pull out after negotiations, said an official from Yemen’s military committee — a body set up to separate belligerent factions of Yemen’s army and tribal fighters following months of unrest in the impoverished country.
Officials say a gunbattle between troops and a group of men trying to sabotage a power line in the south left two soldiers and three saboteurs dead. The gunbattle started overnight in Maarib when soldiers tried to prevent an attack on the power line but the saboteurs opened fire at them.