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Yemen: New clashes after negotiations have collapsed

last updated Sep 22, 2011

The capital Sanaa has been hit by further clashes between government troops and forces demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Since the collapse of a ceasefire at the beginning of this week more than 80 people have died; many of them deliberately targeted by snipers. According to AFP, the city of Sanaa resembles a battlefield and the chance of diplomatic solution of the conflict appears more and more unrealistic.

President Saleh has refused to step down as he recovers in Saudi Arabia from an assassination attempt. All negotiations, including attempts by the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), to stabilise the situation and coordinate future measures have failed so far. The armed conflict bears the risk to evolve into a civil war which might lead to an increase of influence of al-Qaida. The organisation has already captured several cities of strategic importance close to oil shipping lanes in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

BBC News: Yemeni capital Sanaa shaken by fresh clashes

Reuters: Clashes in Yemen capital, window closing for talks

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