Yemen on brink of civil war, says leader
YEMEN is on the brink of civil war, its president warned last night. Ali Abdullah Saleh made his biggest concession yet to those demanding his resignation by promising to step down at the end of the year. But opposition leaders immediately rejected the offer.
However, Mr Saleh, who has been president for 32 years, warned of the dangers ahead if they tried to force him out. "The homeland will not be stable," he said. "There will be a civil war, a bloody war."
In the rest of the volatile region, Palestinian officials said an Israeli strike aimed at militants in the Gaza Strip missed its target and killed four people. A second attack killed a further three Palestinians. The Israeli military acknowledged the deaths.
About 3,000 mourners defied martial law in Bahrain to march through the capital Manama as they buried a woman allegedly shot dead by security forces.
In Syria seven protesters have been killed in the town of Daraa after a fifth day of anti-regime protests.
In Cairo, Egypt, fire tore through a seven-storey interior ministry building yesterday during demonstrations by Egyptian policemen seeking better pay and conditions.
A ministry source said the fire was probably linked to the demonstrations, but witnesses said the protests had been peaceful and accused the officials of using the protests as cover to burn potentially incriminating documents. (© Daily Telegraph, London)