Machine gun fire and shelling rocked the Yemeni capital Sanaa overnight as a bloody weekend drew to a close with a confrontation between government forces and those of dissident general Ali Moshen.
It is thought some 20 civilians and soldiers have been killed since Saturday in the latest protests over President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year rule.
The uprising in Yemen has not always drawn as much attention as those in other countries, although demonstrators are regularly killed in government efforts to quash the unrest.
However, the United Nations Security Council is considering a resolution this week to urge Saleh to hand over power under a Gulf Cooperation Council peace plan.
Even though more than 800 people are estimated to have been killed and many more injured since the unrest began in January, Saleh says the Security Council does not understand the full situation.
He points to the Al Qaeda threat in the country. Its insurgents blew up a gasline on Saturday halting oil exports.