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Civil war threat in Yemen

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The death toll from civil unrest in Yemen contines to rise. Around 30 people are said to have been killed during Wednesday night in an explosion at a munitions depot in the capital Sanaa.

Forces loyal to long-time President Ali Abdullah Saleh have been battling with those loyal to tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar, with casualties mounting on both sides. There were further clashes near Sanaa’s main airport on Thursday.

The fighting erupted once again on Monday, a day after Saleh pulled out for the third time from a Gulf Arab-brokered deal for him to step down and make way for a national unity government. Saleh shows little sign he will leave. His attempts to stop opposition protests by force have resulted in hundreds of deaths. Al-Ahmar, the head of a federation of Yemeni tribes said Saleh would never engage in meaningful negotiation and promised Saleh would be forced to leave the country “barefoot.”

Ordinary Yemenis are fleeing the capital. Washington has warned that the unrest makes it extremely unsafe in Yemen, and has ordered its non-essential nationals to leave.