May 25 - Yemen's president says he is open to to signing a deal even as protests rock Sanaa. Deborah Gembara reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NO ACCESS YEMEN ** Yemen can handle its crisis by itself --- it doesn't need help from other countries. This was the latest from President Ali Abdullah Saleh who is still holding on to power after nearly four months of violent protests. At his heavily guarded compound, the president says he is still open to signing an agreement --- this after refusing for the third time on Sunday to sign a deal brokered by Gulf countries. Since then, loyalists have fought fierce street battles in Sanaa. The president placed the blame squarely on the opposition. SOUNDBITE: YEMEN'S PRESIDENT ALI ABDULLAH SALEH SAYING (Arabic): "What happened was a provocative act to drag us into civil war, but it is limited to the Ahmar sons. They bear responsibility for shedding the blood of innocent civilians," So far, clashes have killed at least 39 people. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.