At least 10 Yemen protesters were killed Wednesday when they marched through a heavily contested area of the capital, a route that seemed intended to incite a violent response.
The GCC's latest proposal, which lays out a plan for Yemeni President Saleh to step down within 30 days, includes immunity from prosecution.
The Gulf Cooperation Council is joining negotiations to end Yemen's political stalemate. Its role – especially that of Saudi Arabia, Yemen's largest donor – could prove far more influential than that of the West.
Faced with deadly protests, President Saleh has turned to tribal leaders for help. But a key sheikh's renunciation of Saleh this weekend in favor of protesters adds to rumblings of civil war.