A US State Department spokesman has described the violent clashes taking place in Yemen as “appalling”.
Hospital sources claim police shot dead 15 protesters trying to storm a government building in the city of Taiz, and wounded a further 30.
Medical sources also said police used tear gas and fired live rounds at anti-government demonstrators in the Red Sea port of Hudaida. They claimed three people were hit by bullets and 30 were stabbed with knives. Latest reports put the number of deaths there at six.
The daily violence has now spread well beyond the capital city of Sanaa, and there have been claims in the American media that the US government now thinks it is time for Yemen’s President Saleh to step down.
He has so far been regarded as a key US counter-terrorist ally.
Asked if the US would like to see Saleh go, State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said on Monday, that it is not necessarily a decision for them to take, and the American government is talking to the Yemeni regime and opposition in the hope of achieving a peaceful solution.