A senior security official in Arhab district, 40 kilometer northeast of the capital Sana’a, said that governmental warplanes attacked governmental soldiers who refused to fight pro revolution tribes in the district.
The official said that more than 240 republican guard forces in Sama’e region of Arhab refused to attack tribes with heavy artillery and were negotiating with them on surrendering the Sama’e military base of the republican guards.
In retaliation, government air forces attacked the gates of the camp killing more than 200 republican guards and at least three-dozen fighters.
“The government did not stand quiet when the guards refused orders to clash with tribes and officials in the republican guards felt it was necessary that those who disobey orders are killed,” the official said.
“The guards who surrendered did not want to attack their own people. They were killed for giving the blood of Yemenis value,” he concluded.
Eyewitnesses in Arhab confirmed the incident and the attack but gave higher death tolls on the tribes and guards lines.