Thursday, June 2, 2011

Yemen: Sana'a prepares for major confrontation

Thousands of tribal fighters were heading to Sanaa on Thursday morning to lend support to their leader, Sheikh Sadek al-Ahmar, engaged in fighting with government forces, indicate tribal dignitaries. Clashed these fighters at a military checkpoint forces loyal to President Ali Abdallah Saleh Al-Azraqein, 15 km north of Sanaa, had he added without being able to tell immediately if the clashes had caused casualties.

Other clashes erupted for the first time opponents armed government forces in Taiz, a city south of Sanaa, witnesses said. For the third consecutive night, very violent fighting erupted overnight men of Sheikh Al-Ahmar, head of the tribal confederation Hached forces pro-Saleh in the district of Al-Hassab, residents said.

These fights with weapons of all calibres in which the tribal fighters have taken control of several public buildings had killed 39 on Wednesday. The U.S. president, Barack Obama, sent an emissary to Saudi Arabia and the UAE to discuss the worsening crisis in Yemen. "We strongly condemn the recent clashes in Sanaa and the deplorable use of violence by the government against peaceful protesters in Taiz, "the presidency said in announcing the dispatch of John Brennan, senior advisor to Obama for the fight against terrorism.

The United States and Saudi Arabia are worried that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to take advantage of the chaos in Yemen to strengthen. Despite four months of protests against his rule, President Ali Abdullah Saleh is refusing to sign an agreement to end the crisis brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), political and military alliance of Gulf countries.

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