Nov. 11 - At least 17 people were killed in heavy clashes in the Yemeni city of Taiz. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
At least 17 people are killed in heavy clashes in the Yemeni city of Taiz Friday. The violence comes just one day after after a U.N. envoy began a new mission to push President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit under a Gulf peace plan. Residents say it was some of the most intense shelling since the uprising began in February. They said shells fired by government forces landed on houses across the city, killing people inside their homes. In the capital Sanaa, tens of thousands of anti-Saleh protesters attended prayers on a main road. Some demanded the president be tried for what they called his crimes against the Yemeni people. SOUNDBITE: Protester Fouad Dohabah, saying (Arabic): "We say no immunity for murder. Ali Abdullah Saleh and his regime are shedding the blood of Yemenis in all the provinces. Any immunity or guarantee to those criminals is rejected, rejected, rejected." Others want the U.N. to take action. SOUNDBITE: Protester Nadia Abdulla, saying (Arabic): "The Security Council must take strong and decisive measures against Ali Abdullah Saleh, and against his family, and freeze their money. The Yemeni people reject the Gulf initiative." Saleh has clung to office despite pressure at home and abroad, and has repeatedly wriggled out of signing the Gulf brokered transition deal. Saudi Arabia which shares a long and porous border with Yemen, is worried that violence in the country may strengthen al Qaeda militants based there who have launched attacks in the past on U.S. and Saudi targets. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters