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SANAA | Yemeni government forces opened fire with anti-aircraft guns and automatic weapons on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in the capital demanding ouster of their longtime ruler, killing at least 26 and wounding dozens, medical officials and witnesses said.
After nightfall, Sanaa sank into complete darkness after a sudden power outage, as protesters took control of a vital bridge, halting traffic and setting up tents. Thousands of other protesters attacked government buildings and set fires to buildings they said were used by snipers and pro-government thugs.
The attack was the deadliest in months against protesters and comes as tensions have been escalating in the long, drawn-out stalemate between the regime and the opposition. The president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, left for Saudi Arabia for treatment after being severely wounded in a June 3 attack on his palace, raising hopes for his swift removal but instead, he has dug in, refusing to step down.
Opposition calls on Assad to end crackdown
BEIRUT — Dozens of Syrian opposition members on Sunday called on President Bashar Assad to end his deadly six-month crackdown or face an escalation in peaceful protests, as security forces fired warning shots to disperse high school students calling for the regime’s downfall.
It was also notable because it took place inside Syria, rather than in a neighboring country, as most others have.
A statement released after the meeting called on Mr. Assad’s regime to immediately end its “acts of repression,” and it urged protesters to keep their movement peaceful and not be tempted to take up arms.
The opposition members also stuck by an earlier position to oppose international intervention in Syria, though some protesters on the streets have called for unspecified outside help.
Al Qaeda suspects on trial in plot against U.S. forces
RIYADH — Forty-one suspected members accused of planning attacks on U.S. forces in Kuwait and Qatar are on trial in the Saudi capital, the Saudi news agency reported Sunday.
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