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Fierce fighting continues in Sanaa

Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 01:47

June 2 - Fierce street battles continue in the Yemeni capital Sanaa between pro and anti-government forces, with dozens killed overnight. Nick Rowlands reports

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Clashes continue in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Dozens were killed overnight in fierce street fighting, with tribal forces and break-away military groups holding the north of the city, and troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh in control of the south. As well as fighting in Sanaa, there are ongoing popular demonstrations across the country, and a battle against al Qaeda and Islamist militants who have seized a coastal city. As least 135 people have been killed in the last 10 days, and hospitals in Sanaa are full of casualties. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DOCTOR ALI AL-AMROURI: "Since yesterday we have had at least seven wounded, including two who died." While thousands of civilians are packing up and fleeing Sanaa, protesters against Saleh's nearly 33-year rule remain defiant, chanting "Leave! Leave!" Saleh has reneged on deals by regional leaders to secure a peaceful end to his reign. Home to a militant al Qaeda group, and bordering Saudi Arabia, global powers are concerned Yemen may become a failed sate, risking the security of oil supplies. US President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser arrived in the region on Wednesday to reinforce efforts to drive Saleh out. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Fierce fighting continues in Sanaa

Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 01:47