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Sanaa calm, but fighting erupts in S.Yemen

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Sanaa calm, but fighting erupts in S.Yemen


The truce is holding in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, but the departure of President

Saleh to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment has done little to satisfy the opposition in the southern city of Taiz, where fighting resumed today.

Saudi Arabia brokered the truce as part of the deal that saw the president fly out, but his sons and relatives remain, commanding elite military units and security agencies.

The announced imminent return of President Saleh from hospital has been put in doubt by reports he has 40 percent burns and is in a critical condition. Now the race is on to form a transitional government before power slips into other hands.

For 10 days now it has already been in the hands of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular in the southern city of Zinjibar, where the army says it killed 30 militants today for the loss of 15 soldiers as it battles to retake the city of 50,000 people. Most of them have fled the fighting, leaving a near-ghost town behind..

However the celebrations in the capital continue, mainly among the young, who appear convinced the Saleh era is over. Who will succeed him, Islamic militants, the army, renegade Generals, a united popular movement, or the powerful Hashed tribe reminds unclear.

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