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Yemen: Sana’a airport closed and surrounded by soldiers (TV)

The international airport in Sanaa was closed on Saturday due to threats to shoot down any aircraft taking off or landing, uttered by soldiers loyal to Mohamed Saleh al-Ahmar, commander of the Air Force fired Yemen, reported the Iranian channel Press TV.

“Not a single plane took off or landed since the military launched their threat Friday night,” he told reporters at airport.

Came to power in late February, the transitional president Yemeni Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has dismissed dozens of official positions of the former regime of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Four governors and dozens of generals, including General Mohamed Saleh al-Ahmar, half-brother of former president, were dismissed.

This dismissal of several senior officials following the declaration of the new authorities that the supporters of the former head of state to destabilization of the situation in the country.

Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi was elected on February 21 after an early presidential election which he was the sole candidate. The poll was part of the transition plan developed by the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States.

After 34 years as head of state following a powerful and popular revolt, Ali Abdullah Saleh became the fourth president won by the Arab Spring, after Tunisian Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Libyan Muammar Gaddafi.

According to media reports, during protests against the regime, hundreds of people died and thousands more were injured.

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