Dec. 6 - Hundreds take to the streets in Sana'a to support anti-government protesters fighting President Abdullah Saleh's regime in Taiz. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Hundreds of people take to the streets of Yemen's capital of Sana'a -- in solidarity with anti-government protesters in Taiz, vowing to hold accountable those responsible for a recent wave of bloodshed. Demonstrator, Esam Mashkor, saying (Arabic): "We took to the streets today to support our brothers in Taiz, those who are still being killed by the remnants of this regime, and continue until now to spill their blood. We will put them on trial one by one, there will be no sharing of power until every one of them whose hands are tainted with blood is put on trial." The demonstration came as Yemen's new prime minister said that an interim government created to pull the country back from the brink of civil war would be formed in the next 48 hours. This as forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh pulled back from some positions in Taiz, after a bout of fighting there killed at least 20 people. The violence has threatened to derail the formation of the government, a key element a Gulf-brokered deal to end Saleh's 33-year rule. Demonstrator, Ali Alwi Mofleh, saying (Arabic): "We do not want anyone whose hands are tainted with blood to participate in the security committee, or in the new government, we want good people, honest, not criminals or thugs, to lead this country forward, God willing." The Gulf Cooperation Council shares U.S. fears that the struggle over Saleh's fate could lead to chaos and embolden al Qaeda's Yemeni branch. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.