Four dead in Yemen protests
Thousands of protesters gathered in Al-Hurriya Square in the city of Taez, south of Sanaa, calling for those behind the deadly shooting of protesters to be held to account and for President Ali Saleh to step down. According to AFP, medics said Yemeni security forces shot dead four protesters and injured 116 in the city during clashes that erupted on Friday and continued Saturday. Additionally, 650 people suffered from tear gas inhalation, according to medics at a field hospital set up near Al-Hurriya Square.
Elsewhere, a protest strike paralyzed southern Yemen's main city of Aden. Shops were closed in many districts, roads were cut off and public transport ground to a halt.
Meanwhile, General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who has backed anti-regime demonstrators and accused regime loyalists of trying to kill him, denied having political ambitions. "The army will be under the control of civilians, and I do not seek any position of power," Ahmar told an envoy of UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
"The army has merely responded to the call of the people who wished to protect the protesters from killings, repression and terror exercised by the regime, certain security services and the Republican Guard," Ahmar was quoted as saying.