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September 28, 2011

On the Ground: Yemen Edges Toward Civil War

by Davin Hutchins

Yemen has seen a spike in violence in recent days triggered in large part by the return of the country’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh from a short-lived exile in Saudi Arabia, where he was being treated for injuries sustained in a June attack on one of his presidential compounds.

Saleh, under pressure of a popular revolt against his regime, has three times been offered a plan to transfer power, but all three times he reneged on promises to sign on to the proposals.

Yemen's foreign minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, said Tuesday that Saleh remains committed to the idea to transfer power to a deputy. The opposition, itself divided between tribes and pro-democracy youth, gives such statements little credence.

Tom Finn in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, and Davin Hutchins in Washington, D.C, compiled the following report about the current situation in the country.


عودة صالح يرسل اليمن نحو حرب أهلية وقد عاد الرئيس علي عبد الله صالح إلى اليمن من المملكة العربية السعودية. تتصاعد التوترات بين المعارضة الديمقراطية ، والقوات الموالية للنظام والقبائل المتنافسة على السلطة.
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