Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Yemen makes fighting in hell''''

Cruel war scenes, with bodies lying in the streets, were on Wednesday in a city in southern Yemen after clashes between government forces and Islamist militants, a local official said, highlighting the many sources of conflict in the country. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, 69, is being treated in the Saudi capital Riyadh after injuries suffered Friday when his palace in Sana'a was bombed.

So far, reports on his condition was mixed, ranging from reports that they were minor injuries to his body with 40 percent burns. A truce between their forces and tribal members who support the governing pro-democracy protests in Sana'a. Western and Arab powers have worked to persuade Saleh to stay out of the country and allow a negotiated transition of power.

Saleh has left a nation in crisis, with civilians suffering the brunt of the conflict. Medical personnel are having difficulty accessing the wounded and electricity and water are scarce, said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC and equipment of the Yemen Red Crescent recovered about 20 bodies in and around Sana'a since Saturday, including seven on Tuesday in al-Hassan, north of the capital.

"Because of the fighting, has often been difficult for medical personnel to reach certain parts of Sana'a," said Jean-Nicolas Marti, head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen. Officials and residents described grim scenes in Abyan province in the south, where the army and militants have clashed for a fourth consecutive day, causing the exodus of thousands of people.

"It smells like guns and blood in the air. I just stayed to protect my home, but now I want out of this hell," said Khaled Abboud resident by telephone. The fighting has reduced Zinjibar, a town of 50 thousand inhabitants, a ghost town without power or water. The Yemeni army says it killed 30 Islamic militants in Zinjibar, where a local official said 15 soldiers have died in the fighting to seize control of the town, which was captured by fundamentalists 10 days ago.

Some critics of the president accuse him of deliberately allowing al Qaeda militants seize Zinjibar to highlight safety hazards if you lose power. The unstable situation in a country that is vital sea routes to transport oil great concern in the West and the Saudi oil giant, who fear that the chaos could allow the local branch of Al Qaeda to act more freely.

Saleh's march is seen as an opportunity to facilitate their exit from power after nearly 33 years at the helm of the impoverished country.

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