JNN 31 May 2011 SANAA, Yemen : As revolutionaries take over most of the provinces in Yemen, government forces have killed at least three demonstrators in the southern city of Taizz.
Some 3,000 people gathered outside a police station in Taizz, located 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of the capital Sana’a, on Sunday to demand the release of a protester detained by the police, AFP reported.
Security forces first fired in the air in a bid to disperse the protesting crowd, but then fired into them when the demonstrators refused to leave.
“Three demonstrators were killed by police gunfire and dozens more were wounded, some seriously,” a hospital official said on condition of anonymity.
The week’s battles began when Saleh’s security forces attacked the home of Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, head of the powerful Hasid tribal confederation and an uneasy ally who abandoned the president and joined his opponents. Tribal fighters came to al-Ahmar’s defense and seized a number of government buildings in the Hassaba neighborhood of the capital, Sanaa, during intense clashes.
Fighting then spread outside the capital when tribal fighters seized two army posts north of the city on Friday.
Meanwhile, Yemen’s revolutionaries say forces loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh have lost control of five provinces, including Mareb and Saa’da.
Some army units have also left Saleh to back the protesters, though they did not join the fight against his forces.
This comes as a truce between Yemeni forces loyal to 65-year-old President Ali Abdullah Saleh and opposition tribesmen came into effect on Sunday.
Tribal mediators said on Saturday that the supporters of Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, the leader of the powerful Hashid tribal federation, has agreed to leave public buildings in the capital’s al-Hasaba neighborhood.
The agreement also calls for an end to all forms of armed presence in the district, and requires Saleh loyalists not to attack Ahmar’s residence again.
Meanwhile, Ahmar — a former supporter of Saleh — has accused the embattled president of trying to spark a “civil war” in an attempt to remain in power.
The Yemeni president has repeatedly refused to sign a power transition deal that would see him resign in return for immunity from prosecution.
According to local reports, hundreds of anti-government protesters have been killed and many others injured during clashes with riot police and armed forces loyal to the Yemeni president since the anti-regime demonstrations began in late January.
Despite the deal, sporadic gunfire could still be heard in the area late on Saturday, witnesses said.
Scores of tribesmen and regime forces have been killed in clashes that erupted on Monday, following Saleh’s refusal to sign a power transition deal brokered by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council.
Under the deal, Saleh would stand down within 30 days in return for amnesty for him and his allies.
Meanwhile, a senior tribal official has expressed doubts over Saleh’s sincerity about keeping his promises, accusing regime forces of the overnight firing of shells that landed near Ahmar’s residence.
Ahmar — a former supporter of Saleh — joined the opposition in March.
Ahmar has accused Saleh, who also comes from the Hashid tribe, of trying to spark a “civil war” in an attempt to remain in power
While there are reports that Saleh is fueling and arming the Al Qaeda Factions to create Civil War in the country , So that He can remain in power and he can quell the uprising , using the mercenaries of the Al Qaida.
Yemen’s opposition has accused Saudi Arabia of protecting the President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime, as revolutionaries seized control of most of the provinces in Yemen.
In an interview with Press TV on Sunday, Ali al-Mamari, spokesman for the Yemeni’s opposition Coalition for Youth Revolution, said Saudis intend to save Saleh’s regime from collapse, because they fear if the still-unfolding revolution succeeds in Yemen, the tide of awakening would ultimately engulf Saudi Arabia itself.
Asked why the West does not act against Saleh’s regime just like it did against Libya, the parliament member who resigned from the ruling party over violence noted that access to Libya’s vast oil riches was the driving force behind the West’s action on the North African country, while in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s support has prevented the West from going ahead with a similar response.
“Because Libya has got oil, there are natural resources, and geographically Libya is close to Europe, and because that regime Libya has done a lot of crimes against its people, but in Yemen this matter has been delayed for many reasons, because the Saudi regime has been supporting the Yemeni regime and… because the Saudi Arabia believes that if the revolution succeeded in Yemen, the eventual change would lead to Saudi Arabia,” al-Mamari argued.
“As you know the Arab states in the Persian Gulf are conservative regimes and they don’t like the revolutions anyway, but today our friends in the [P]GCC have reached to this conclusion that the departure of Ali Abdullah Saleh is inevitable and he has to leave today before tomorrow and for that reason they decided to remove the cover from this regime,” the spokesman for Yemen’s opposition coalition added.
He made the comments as Yemen’s revolutionaries said on Sunday that forces loyal to embattled President Saleh have lost control of five provinces, including Mareb and Saa’da.
“It seems that the world does not want to help and support this regime anymore because they are seeing that all the people from 19 Yemeni provinces have come to the streets and ask the departure of Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Yemeni people decided there will be no retreat from those demands,” al-Mamari noted.
The United States, which once considered Saleh a necessary ally in fighting an active al-Qaida branch in Yemen, has turned away from the Yemeni ruler, calling on him to peacefully transfer power
In a popular revolution that began in late January, hundreds of thousands of people have been staging regular demonstrations in Yemen’s major cities. The public have been calling for an end to corruption and unemployment and demanding Saleh’s ouster.
The president has been in office for nearly 33 years with several opposition members arguing that his long-promised political and economic reforms have never materialized.