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Rival protests in Yemen as President gives guarded welcome to peace plan

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Rival protests in Yemen as President gives guarded welcome to peace plan

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The city of Sanaa in Yemen was the setting for rival demonstrations. They were staged on the back of the Gulf Arab peace plan for the country and a three-month transition of power by President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Anti government protesters want him to cede power immediately. At a rally with his supporters he gave a guarded welcome to the initiative.

“We shall face the challenge with a challenge. We are very keen not to shed a drop of blood. We shall face them without shedding blood, without using the gun. Because the gun can fire today but you cannot control it tomorrow,” he told the crowd.

Rival demonstrators clashed in the southern city of Taiz where witness said riot police had to fire into the air to keep the two camps apart.

The Government has yet to come out with its full backing of the latest Gulf Arab moves to bring stability to the country.