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Yemen's Hadi removes Sanaa artillery over coup fears

Yemeni security forces keep watch at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the capital Sanaa on May 25, 2014Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has removed heavy artillery from hills surrounding Sanaa over fears his predecessor, to whom some elements remain loyal, is plotting a coup, an official said Monday. The move comes with the presidential guard, backed by armoured vehicles, surrounding a mosque controlled by ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh in the capital since late Saturday, an AFP correspondent reported. Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years before being forced out in February 2012 and replaced by his long-time deputy Hadi under a UN- and Gulf-sponsored deal. “The military leadership has dismantled heavy artillery and rockets that were positioned on hills around Sanaa following information of a coup plot” by Saleh “whose loyalists continue to infiltrate the army”, the army official told AFP.

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