Yemeni military authority blames opposition for "instigating civil war"
Yemen's top military authority said Friday the opposition was trying to drag the country into a civil war, citing recent attacks on security checkpoints as well as oil and electricity facilities, Xinhua reported.
"The number of criminal attacks that carried out by the opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), defected army forces and their ally of al Qaida's elements over the past few days against security and military checkpoints and government oil and electricity facilities were attempts aimed by those factions to drag the country to civil war," it said in a statement carried by the Defence Ministry's website.
The National Defence Council, headed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, said it responded to the attacks by adopting "significant resolutions on political, economic, security and military issues that will be publicly announced within next few days" at an extraordinary meeting chaired by the president himself earlier in the day.
The accusations against the opposition came two days after the president and the opposition failed for the second time to ink a Gulf states-brokered reconciliation agreement to end the prolonged deadlock over a power transfer plan which was supposed to facilitate Saleh's peaceful resignation within a month.
The president's 33-year rule has been shaken by mass protests during recent months, which called for his resignation. While a compromise is still out of reach, the two sides has been accusing each other of trying to instigate a civil war.