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May 28, 2011

Yemen needs quick truce to avert chaos: ICG

SANAA (Reuters) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh and tribal leaders must agree a broad ceasefire immediately to prevent wider conflict that would plunge Yemen into civil war, an influential think-tank said in a conflict risk alert.

Fighting this week has killed some 115 people, prompted thousands of residents to flee Sanaa and raised the specter of chaos that could benefit the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda and threaten adjacent Saudi Arabia, the world’s No. 1 oil exporter.

May 27, 2011

Yemen on brink of civil war as clashes spread

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni tribesmen said they wrested a military compound from elite troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside the capital Sanaa on Friday as fighting spread, threatening to tip the country into civil war.

Yemeni fighter jets broke the sound barrier as they swooped over Sanaa, where battles between Saleh loyalists and the Hashed tribal alliance led by Sadeq al-Ahmar erupted this week after failure of a deal to ease the president out.

May 27, 2011

Yemen on brink of civil war as fighting worsens

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni tribesmen said they wrested a military compound from elite troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside the capital Sanaa on Friday as increased fighting threatened to tip the country into civil war.

Tribal leader Sheikh Hamid Asim told Reuters his fighters killed the base’s military commander and a separate tribal source said the Yemeni air force dropped bombs to prevent the tribesmen from seizing an arms cache at the site.

May 27, 2011

Yemen on brink of civil war as protesters gather

SANAA (Reuters) – Supporters and opponents of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh were expected to hold large rival demonstrations on Friday after a week of clashes in the capital threatened to tip the country into civil war.

More than 40 Yemenis were killed in Sanaa on Thursday in the fourth day of fighting since the collapse of a Gulf-brokered agreement for Saleh to bow to widespread demands to step down and bring an end to four months of unrest.

May 27, 2011

Civil war looms in Yemen, Saleh urged to quit

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen teetered on the verge of civil war on Friday as President Ali Abdullah Saleh defied calls from opponents and world leaders for him to relinquish power.

More than 40 Yemenis were killed in pitched street battles in the capital Sanaa on Thursday, the fourth day of clashes since the collapse of a Gulf-brokered agreement for Saleh to step down and bring an end to four months of unrest.

May 26, 2011

Sanaa is now a capital divided between entrenched enemies

SANAA (Reuters) – Like a Beirut, Belfast or Berlin of old, Sanaa is now a capital divided between entrenched and bitter enemies.

South Sanaa is under the control of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s security forces, and the north is mainly controlled by General Ali al-Mohsen al-Ahmar, one of Yemen’s most powerful military leaders who defected in March to protesters demanding the end of Saleh’s nearly 33-year-old rule.

May 26, 2011

Civil war looms as big blasts rock Yemeni capital

SANAA (Reuters) – Heavy explosions rocked the Yemeni capital Sanaa in the small hours of Thursday as fighting to topple the veteran president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, threatened to descend into civil war.

More than 40 people have been killed since Monday in a part of northern Sanaa where fighters loyal to powerful tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar have been attacking and trying to take over government buildings including the Interior Ministry.

May 25, 2011

Yemenis flee gunbattles, Saleh rules out concessions

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemenis fled the capital on Wednesday to escape gunbattles between loyalists and opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who said he would make no more concessions to those seeking his ouster.

Sporadic machinegun fire rang out for the third day in the sandbagged streets around the mansion of an influential tribal leader who has backed protesters seeking to overthrow the longtime ruler after repeated international mediation failed.

May 25, 2011

Yemenis flee sporadic gunbattles in capital

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemenis fled the capital on Wednesday to escape gunbattles between loyalists and opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who said he would make no more concessions to those seeking his ouster.

Sporadic machinegun fire rang out for the third day in the sandbagged streets around the mansion of an influential tribal leader who has backed protesters seeking to overthrow the longtime ruler after repeated international mediation failed.

May 25, 2011

Yemen won’t become failed state, president says

SANAA (Reuters) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Wednesday Yemen would not become a failed state or be dragged into civil war despite fierce clashes in the capital with tribal gunmen seeking his ouster.

But Saleh, who has ruled the fractious Arabian Peninsula state for nearly 33 years, said that while he was willing to sign a deal that would end his rule he would not make any further concessions.