Violence escalates at Yemen protests

Protests in Yemen have grown increasingly deadly, leaving five people dead in clashes Wednesday in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, according to reports from the region.

Despite attempts by the Gulf States to quell the violence and negotiate a solution between opposition members and President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is refusing to step down from power, the violence did not subside.

Saleh’s forces are said to be sending armored vehicles to reinforce security, according to government officials who spoke to reporters in the region. Concern that Saleh is using weapons on opposition forces given to his regime by the United States and other allies to fight al-Qaeda forces is increasing.

Meanwhile, thousands of people in support of the opposition marched in Aden, Taiz, Hodeida and Dhamar.

Problems continue to mount for the defiant Saleh, as his Attorney General Abdullah Al-Olufi said he is threatening to resign unless “those who were responsible for killing almost 60 protesters and injuring hundreds of others should be identified and brought to justice soon.”

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