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Convicts Sentenced to Death Escape Prison


About thirty prisoners sentenced to death escaped from Amran central prison 50 km north of Sana’a last Friday after killing three prison guards.

According to local sources in Amran governorate central security guard were surprised before Fridays’ down with gunshots by the prisoners in the cells leading to the death of three soldiers and injury of four others

That security forces responded to the source of the fire and killed a prisoner and wounded another while another thirty managed to escape sentences issued against them and according to eyewitnesses, security forces and armored vehicles were on their way to the prison following the incident.

The local sources added that Abdulaziz Yahya Alabdi was among the escaped prisoners; Alabdy was sentenced for killing a Jewish citizen, Masha Yaesh Nahari near Amran in 2008 and was convicted in June 2010.

Alabd who was a former pilot in the air forces, has admitted before the court in 2009 of killing the Jewish man after threatening Jews that if they did not convert to Islam they would be killed.

He also killed his wife five years ago and was released because he was considered mentally unstable.

Amran central prison contains more than two thousand prisoners located at a distance of 25 kilometers from the road leading to the capital Sana’a.

Yemeni Authorities have stepped up security at the rest of the prisons, especially the central prison in the capital Sana’a which endorses terrorist elements of al-Qaeda who got arrested and are serving their sentences.

Last month in the beginning of the protests and sit ins, the central prison in Sana’a witnessed a riot between prisoners and prison guards resulting in the deaths of two prisoners and various injuries.