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As Yemen’s political crisis entered its seventh month, the situation further deteriorated Tuesday as  Yemen’s ruling party  postponed a vote to approve “a modified Gulf-brokered power transition plan which aims to pull…[Yemen]…out of its bloody political deadlock.”

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Hakim Almasmari | CNN | July 21, 2011

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) — A child was killed and six other people were wounded on Thursday when security forces shot at protesters in Yemeni city of Taiz, a medical team said.

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Hakim Almasmari | CNN | July 9, 2011

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) — Dozens of civilians may have been killed by Yemeni forces since May while fighting an armed Islamist group in Abyan province, the activist group Human Rights Watch said in a report released Saturday. But a spokesman for Yemen’s ruling party disputed the findings.

“As Yemeni government forces battle armed militants in Abyan, civilians are paying the price,” Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said in the report. “Both sides need to be doing much more to protect civilians from harm, and the government should be investigating possible laws-of-war violations by its forces in Abyan.”

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Sahwa Net | June 9, 2011

The Yemeni regime used heavy weapon as it bombarded houses in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, during clashes with tribesmen at al-Hasaba of Sana’a city. The clashes with the leader of Hashid tribe, Sadiq Al-Ahmar lasted for two weeks, Yemeni advocates and activists said.

The Yemeni security forces prevented Ambulances from reaching casualties and take them into hospitals, local sources said.

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BBC News | June 7, 2011

At least 30 people have been killed in heavy clashes in the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar, officials have said.

The violence, which officials blame on al-Qaeda militants, comes days after President Ali Abdullah Saleh left the country after being injured in an attack on his compound.

Government officials routinely blame violence in the country on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

There were also reports of violence in Yemen’s second largest city, Taiz. According to the AFP news agency, it is now controlled by government opponents.

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Euronews, May 4, 2011

As Syria intensifies its clampdown on anti-government protesters, international pressure on the regime is being stepped up.

It comes as new amateur video, the authenticity of which cannot be verified, purports to show mass arrests in Deraa.

The US has described Syria’s reported tactics – using tanks and arbitrary arrests – as “barbaric measures” against “innocent civilians”. France has called on the EU to impose sanctions on Syrian leaders. (more…)

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By: Alexandra Topping

April 7, 2011

Libya’s former energy minister has fled to Europe, and says that several other key political figures also want to defect.

Omar Fathi bin Shatwan, who was energy minister from 2004 to 2006, said members of Muammar Gaddafi’s inner circle also wanted to leave Libya, but feared for their lives.

Shatwan, who also served as industry minister, fled to Malta on Friday from the besieged city of Misrata, the Maltese foreign ministry said. He arrived in the country but his presence had been kept a secret, it said. (more…)

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