Zimbabwe crisis Live Updates: Armoured vehicles seal road access to govt offices, parliament building
By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 15, 2017 1:01 pm Zimbabwe crisis Live Updates: Armed soldiers in armoured personnel carriers stationed themselves at key points in Harare, while Zimbabweans formed long lines at banks in order to draw the limited cash available, a routine chore in the country’s ongoing financial crisis.
In a short broadcast on national television, seized overnight by soldiers, the military announced that it expected “normalcy” to return as soon as it had completed its “mission”. In the statement, Zimbabwe’s army said it was only targeting “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe, and sought to reassure the country that “this is not a military takeover.”
Last night’s action triggered speculation of a coup, but the military’s supporters praised it as a “bloodless correction.” Meanwhile, Armed soldiers in armoured personnel blocked off all access to government offices and Parliament building even as Zimbabweans formed long lines at banks in order to draw the limited cash available, a routine chore in the country’s ongoing financial crisis.
Zimbabwe crisis Live Updates:
12:00 pm: Zimbabwe army urges other security services to “cooperate,” warning that provocation “will be met with appropriate response”, AP reported.
11:50 am: Zimbabwe army says once mission accomplished, ‘situation will return to normalcy,’ AP reported.
11: 45 am: After night in which explosions, gunshots were heard around Harare, Zimbabwe army says Mugabe is safe and it is “targeting criminals,” AP reported.
11:30 am: Zimbabwe army spokesman on state broadcaster says ‘this is not a military takeover,” AP reported.
11:15 am: US Embassy in Zimbabwe urges US citizens there to “shelter in place” amid appearance of troops in capital, AP reported.
11:00 am: US Embassy in Zimbabwe encourages US citizens to ‘shelter in place’ amid political turmoil, AP reported.
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