Oct. 5 - Battle scars in the southern city of Taiz after clashes break out between government forces and armed fighters supporting protesters. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Aftermath in Yemen. The scars of war on the streets of Taiz. On Tuesday, Yemeni soldiers loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire against armed fighters supporting protesters in the latest resurgence of violence in the anti-Saleh stronghold. It is not immediately possible to determine the number of casualties. State television blamed opposition fighters for starting the fighting and said four government troops had been wounded. Taiz, and other opposition hubs, have been paralyzed by nearly nine months of protests to demand an end to Saleh's 33-year rule. The upheaval is fanning global fears that weakening state control may help al Qaeda's local wing expand its foothold in Yemen, which borders oil giant Saudi Arabia and lies near shipping routes through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters