More clashes in Yemen as governments accepts invitation for talks
For a third day in a row, there were clashes Tuesday between Yemeni security forces and protesters in the city of Taez. Meanwhile, the Yemeni regime has accepted an invitation for talks in Saudi Arabia in an attempt to end the political crisis in the country.
Eyewitnesses in Taez said a number of people were injured. Protesters threw stones at security forces.
In the city of Hodeidah, eyewitnesses said that two people were shot dead by gunmen dressed in civilian clothes during their participation in a demonstration against the president. In the province of Saada in northern Yemen, tens of thousands of people held a massive march to denounce what they called the massacre committed in Taez and Hodeidah,which this week claimed the lives of dozens and injured hundreds.
Meanwhile, Yemen accepted the invitation by the GCC countries to hold talks in Saudi Arabia in an attempt to end the political crisis the country. The GCC states invited the Yemeni government and representatives of the opposition to hold talks in Riyadh, but no date has been set.
Yemen's foreign minister Abu Bakr al Qirbi said: "We welcome the invitation of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the government is ready to discuss any ideas for our brothers to resolve the crisis."
Aides to senior military officer Ali Muhsin, who recently announced his support for the protests also accepted the invitation for talks in Saudi Arabia, but the leaders of the various political opposition groups did not give any response They said their response would depend on the details of the proposed talks in Riyadh.