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September 16, 2011

Fighting Between Government, Opposition Erupts in Yemeni Capital

Yemeni security forces and opposition loyalists have clashed in the capital, Sana'a.

Witnesses said Saturday that the clashes took place overnight. They say security forces fired at anti-government protesters who have been camped out in a square in the capital.

The incidents took place a day after thousands of Yemenis renewed calls for President Ali Abdullah Saleh's resignation.

The president remains in Saudi Arabia, where he has been recovering from injuries sustained in a June attack on his presidential compound. Earlier this week, he authorized a deputy to talk with the opposition in an effort to put an end to the crisis that has gone on for months.

Also, in April, the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council proposed a plan designed to end Yemen's anti-government turmoil. Saleh agreed to the proposal three times, but each time backed out before the deal could be signed.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.