Yemen After Return of Abdullah Saleh

Stop Fundamentalism – Reports from Sanaa, Yemen indicate that at least 40 people have been killed yesterday when fighting broke out after the surprised Friday return of President Ali Abdullah Saleh from Saudi Arabia.  In total, over 100 people have been killed last week.

Saleh was in Saudi Arabia for apparent treatment of wounds he had received when his quarters were hit by rockets fired by rebels back in June.

Rebels say they have captured 30 soldiers from the elite Republican Guards.  They say 30 soldiers have been arrested and the base commander has been killed.  This is the second Republican Guard base being captured this week.

Ali Abdullah Saleh called on the Yemeni’s people to let situation calm so there can be a referendum to decide for the future of Yemen. “Let us all head to the ballot boxes” to find a solution and prevent further bloodshed, he said today.

United Nations Security Council has issued a statement expressing concern regarding the volatile situation of Yemen.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) suggested Saleh to hand over the power to his Vice President.  Saleh refused.

At least 450 people have been killed since the start of the protests in January.