Yemen denies Saleh ordered to shell opposition

Yemen denies Saleh ordered to shell opposition
# 23 October 2011 04:38 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’ s office Saturday denied a defected general’s allegations that Saleh ordered to shell sites of his opponents in the capital Sanaa, in a recent telephone conversation with military officialsApa reports quoting Xinhua.

"Such baseless remarks by defected general Ali Mohsen and his outlawed allies of the opposition coalition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) aimed to cover up their pathetic intentions to escalate the situation and push the country into a comprehensive civil war," Saleh’s office said in a statement posted on the website of the official Saba news agency.

"The ongoing pathetic attempts by those outlaws through shelling the residential neighborhoods in Sanaa and other cities as well as the indiscriminately murdering of citizens confirm their evil intentions," the statement added, stressing that "the government will not be dragged into such attempts and will not give up the options of peace and dialogue."

Earlier, commander of the defected army Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar who is a half-brother of Saleh, claimed in a statement that his special unit "tapped a telephone conversation between Saleh and his military leaders, which showed that he (Saleh) gave orders to shell and destroy all sites of his opponents in Sanaa."

It said the orders were made a few hours after the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on Yemen Friday.

The Yemeni government said Saturday it would deal "positively" with the resolution 2014 that called on Saleh to sign a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative to transfer power peacefully.

Sanaa was rocked Saturday with fierce clashes between Saleh’s troops and opposition fighters, leaving four civilians dead and up to 21 others injured, according to medics and witnesses.
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