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April 15, 2011

Yemen: Months of unrest and turmoil

Yemen is a poor, deeply divided country in turmoil since January 2011, when mass demonstrations called for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. Saleh has been in power since 1978. Demonstrations have continued for months and Saleh's support has crumbled as some army commanders and tribal leaders have called for his ouster. On April 7, an organization of oil-rich Persian Gulf states joined the increasing number of international voices calling for a transfer of presidential powers. Protests and deadly clashes continue daily with security forces and rival military factions allied with the government and the rebels. More than 100 protestors have died since the turmoil began. -- Paula Nelson (28 photos total)

Anti-government protestors display their hands and arms while chanting slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. Yemeni security forces clashed with thousands of protesters who hurled rocks and burned tires in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least one person as demonstrations swelled in the capital. Arabic reads: " Leave". April 13, 2011 (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

A Yemeni soldier is lifted by anti-government protestors as they shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of the Yemeni President, in Sanaa, Yemen. April 13, 2011. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Anti-government protestors march during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Taiz, Yemen. Saleh has welcomed mediation efforts by the regional bloc of oil-rich Arab nations even as he rejected their calls for him to step down, in a blow to regional efforts to resolve the weeks of turmoil that have been wracking this impoverished Arab nation. April 12, 2011.(Hani Mohammed/Associated Press) #

Yemeni anti-regime protesters demonstrate against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, April 12, 2011, in the flashpoint city of Taiz, 255km south of Sanaa, as protesters rejected the proposal put forward by the regional Gulf countries. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Yemeni army soldiers block the way of anti-government protestors attending a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Taiz, Yemen. Yemen's president had welcomed a proposal by Gulf Arab nations for him to step down to end the country's political crisis. But he indicated he would do so only when his term ended in 2013, a condition already rejected by the protesters calling for his immediate exit. April 12, 2011. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press) #

Yemeni anti-regime protesters shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the president's resignation, April 11, 2011, as the Yemen anti-regime protest movement rejected a proposal from mediating Gulf states that the president should pass power to his deputy. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz. Rival Yemeni forces clashed in the capital Sanaa killing two people, as the opposition awaited clarification from Gulf Arab mediators on the timeframe for a proposed transfer of the president's powers. April 12, 2011.(Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

Protesters perform the Muslim noon prayers during an anti-government rally outside Sanaa University, April 13, 2011. (Ammar Awad/Reuters) #

Anti-government protesters perform noon prayers during a rally demanding the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz. Yemen opposition parties urged Gulf mediators to spell out whether Saleh would hand over power early under their proposal to end a two-month crisis over leadership and political reforms. April 12, 2011. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

Anti-government protesters recite prayers to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz. April 12, 2011. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

Yemeni soldiers chew qat, a local light narcotic plant, during a break while anti-regime protesters demonstrate in Sanaa against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, April 11, 2011. (Gamal Noman/AFP/Getty Images) #

Thousands of people demonstrate in Yemen's Ibb province, 190 km southwest of the capital Sanaa, April 12, 2011, as Yemen anti-regime protest movement rejected for the second day running, a proposal from mediating Gulf states that embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh should pass power to his deputy, an offer welcomed by the mainstream opposition. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Yemeni anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, April 13, 2011. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images) #

Women attend a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's president in the southern city of Taiz, April 12, 2011. Yemen opposition parties asked Gulf Arab mediators to spell out whether Saleh would hand over power early under their proposal to end the country's two-month-old crisis. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

A woman attends an anti-government rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh at Sanaa University, April 13, 2011. (Ammar Awad/Reuters) #

A Yemeni girl prays with female anti-government protestors during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni president, in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Yemeni security forces clashed with thousands of protesters who hurled rocks and burned tires in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least one person as demonstrations swelled in the capital. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Anti-government protestors chant slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni president, in Taiz, Yemen, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press) #

A Yemeni vendor sells hats and scarves at the site of a demonstration by anti-government protestors demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, April 14, 2011. Gunmen loyal to the government attacked the forces of the Yemeni president's chief rival early Wednesday, killing one person and raising fears that Yemen's weeks of popular unrest could evolve into pitched battles between factions of the divided military. Arabic on the placards reads: " Who loves life has to live in misery" and "The martyrs blood will write the shape of the revolution". (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

A woman holds up a placard during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's president in the southern city of Taiz, April 14, 2011. Yemen's opposition rejected an offer to join Gulf-mediated talks in Saudi Arabia on a transfer of power in the Arabian Peninsula state and set a two-week deadline for Saleh to step down. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

An anti-government protester holds up a picture of her relative, Mouneeb Al-Hukayme, who was killed in March during clashes with Yemeni security forces, at a demonstration demanding the resignation of the president at Sanaa University, April 14, 2011. (Ammar Awad/Reuters) #

A woman flashes the victory sign during a demonstration, April 14, 2011. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

An anti-government protestor reacts during a demonstration, April 14, 2011. Gunmen loyal to the government attacked the forces of the Yemeni president's chief rival early the day before killing one person and raising fears that Yemen's weeks of popular unrest could evolve into pitched battles between factions of the divided military. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #

Yemeni girls display their hands during a demonstration in Taiz, Yemen, April 14, 2011. Arabic reads: " Leave". (Hani Mohammed/Associated Press) #

A woman with her message written on her sunglasses takes part in a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's president in the southern city of Taiz, April 14, 2011. Yemen's opposition set a two-week deadline for Saleh to step down. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

Girls hold up placards during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern city of Taiz, April 14, 2011. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

An anti-government protester salutes during a demonstration at Sanaa University April 14, 2011. (Ammar Awad/Reuters) #

A girl expresses her love for her home country of Yemen during a demonstration in Taiz, April 14, 2011. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

Resisting months of calls for his resignation, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh greeted hundreds of his supporters in an appearance during a rally in Sanaa,Yemen. April 15, 2011. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press) #


 
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