March 22, 2012
The government's forces on Thursday continue on alert after an explosion at a military base and clashes with Islamic rebels, while the humanitarian situation is deteriorating as a result of prolonged political instability.
Military units were mobilized following the powerful explosion on Wednesday night in the barracks of the First Armored Division commanded by General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a senior officer who supported the revolt against Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Mohsen Al-Ahmar, Saleh's cousin, led the insurrection within the Army supported by young people who revolted on January 27, 2011, especially after more than 50 protesters were shot by the Republican Guard loyal to the former president.
Meanwhile, local media on Wednesday reported clashes in several areas of the central province of Mareb where members of the Republican Guard and Central Security Forces fought against rebels linked to al-Qaeda.
The entire region remains heavily guarded by soldiers loyal to the government of President Abdo Rabbo Mansour, Saleh's successor, who also faces internal political pressure due to delays in the dismissal of government officials linked to his predecessor.