Land dispute leave Marib-Sana'a road blocked.
Fardhat Nihm tribal sheikh, Abdullah Al-Farji, said the checkpoints were a result of a land dispute between Islah party member Shahir Abdulhaq and Sheikh Mohsen Saleh Bin Ayid. The dispute was resolved in court when a judge ruled that the land belonged to Abdulhaq. Ayid rejected the ruling and set up the checkpoints, completely blocking the route. Hundreds of trucks and cargo vehicles carrying fuel and construction materials have been prevented from making their way to the governorate from the capital.
A security source told Yemen Times that the Ministry of Interior will meet with officials from Sana'a governorate this week to try and peacefully resolve the matter. If they are unable to do so, the road will be unblocked by force, he stated.
The source said Sheikh Ayid has set up unofficial checkpoints at least five times on the same road. The conflict escalated, with kidnapping incidents arising two months ago. A military commander mediated the release of those captured because of the dispute. Mohammed Khamess has had to deal with the roadblocks. He says the government must maintain control and secure the Sana'a--Marib route "because it a public interest and belongs to everyone." Oil pipeline attacks, kidnappings and tribal checkpoints are not new to the Fardhat Nihm district. The area has witnessed increasing confrontations between the military and armed tribesmen in the past few years.
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