Eleven Yemeni coastguards, including three officers, were found dead and six others rescued when their boat capsized
By Saeed Al Batati, Correspondent
January 2, 2012
Sana'a: Eleven Yemeni coastguards, including three officers, were found dead and six others rescued when their boat capsized in the Red Sea off the western port province of Hudieda, Yemen Ministry of Defence reported on Monday.
The 17-crew boat had a machine fault before it was struck by a tidal wave, which turned it upside down. The coast guards found three bodies.
The ministry accused media affiliated with the opposition of exploiting the incident to incite the soldiers to revolt against their commanders. Also, a protester was killed outside a government facility in the southern port city of Aden. He was standing with a group of workers staging a sit-in outside their offices to demand the resignation of their manager.
A local journalist from the city told Gulf News that the protester was shot dead by the manager's nephew. The killing of the worker only further angered the protesters who demanded the prosecution of the manager.
Yemen is experiencing a surge of protests and public strikes against government officials appointed during the reign of outgoing Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. A couple of days ago, Saleh denounced the public strikes and indirectly accused the opposition of encouraging workers to take over the public offices.
"There is a growing chaos spreading across some ministries and government offices. We are working to contain them as to stop them from bringing down these institutes," he said in a meeting with the party.