Yemeni opposition forces vowed on Sunday to step up protests against the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, after the latter rejected a proposal to step down by the end of the year. The opposition Common Forum urged protesters to intensify demonstrations.
"We have called upon the people to widen demonstrations and escalate the peaceful struggle in all regions until he (Saleh) is left with one option, that is to leave," said Mohammed Sabri, a leading member of the forum.
According to AFP, over 60 anti-regime protesters were injured on Sunday after supporters of the ruling General People's Congress party armed with knives, rocks and batons stormed a protest in the city of Ibb, south of Sanaa. The assailants targeted a 12-day sit-in at the Khaleej Sirt square. An eyewitness said that two of the wounded were shot.