Topic: Hussein bin Abdullah al-Ahmar
Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for the arrest of Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, who is leading as many as 10,000 armed men from Yemen's most powerful tribal confederation.
In a statement yesterday, religious and tribal leaders rejected Gulf states' efforts to mediate and backed a two-week deadline for Saleh's departure set earlier in the day by the political opposition.
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.