Yemen clashes spark concerns of all-out civil war
At least one protester was killed and another 14 injured by pro-government forces during demonstrations Sunday.
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“They called on all parties to move forward urgently in an inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led process of political transition,” wrote the UNSC in a statement republished by Al Arabiya. “The members of the Security Council expressed their grave concern at the continued serious deterioration of the economic and humanitarian situation in Yemen. They were deeply concerned at the worsening security situation, including the threat from Al Qaeda in parts of Yemen.”Skip to next paragraph
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Civil war already?
Many in Yemen are already saying that a civil war has begun. The Yemen Observer ran an article headlined “Civil War starts in Yemen,” saying that both sides of the conflict are battling to gain territory from the other side, threatening the lives of demonstrators and civilians.
At least 144 people have been killed in demonstrations and violence throughout Yemen over the past seven days, reports Al Jazeera. Saleh’s rival, Major-General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar called on the international community to help remove the long reigning strongman from power. Mr. Al-Ahmar also compared Saleh to Roman Emperor Nero for burning down his own city and called him a “sick, vengeful soul.”
The return of Saleh appears to have given new life to the revolution in Yemen, reports The New York Times. During Saleh’s three-month absence, protests lost much of their fervor.
“We consider his return as a good thing, because it will give life to our revolution,” said Humaid Mansour, a law student in the article by The New York Times. “When he was in Saudi, people said, ‘OK, it’s over, he left.’ Now he came back. So now the goal is clear.”