Clashes have left at least three people dead and scores injured as police opened fire on protesters in Yemen.
The United Nations has called for restraint and political dialogue as it discussed the escalating violence for the first time. But no public statement was released despite anti-government protests having continued there for the past three months.
Two people died and nearly 100 were hit by bullets as they marched in the capital Sanaa. Yemeni protesters have called for a renewed effort across the country to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
At least one person was shot dead and another wounded in Taiz as activists tested security forces’ resolve.
The instability in Yemen has galvanised foreign ministers of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council to try and get direct talks between the sides back on track.
President Saleh says he will only handover power to what he calls “safe hands”.