Yemen's ambassadors defect as U.S. embassy warns its citizens   2011-03-22 02:43:15 FeedbackPrintRSS

SANAA, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Algeria and Spain defected on Monday to join the rapidly growing protests demanding ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, an official of the Information Ministry told Xinhua.

Scores of senior government officials, ambassadors, top security and army officers and tribal leaders declared on Monday to join the protesters and support their demands of peaceful power transition.

Government's official resignations were geared up by a string of violent acts against protesters, the latest of which was Friday 's shooting that claimed the lives of 52 people in the capital of Sanaa, the ministry's official said on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, the U.S. embassy in Sanaa urged its citizens on Monday to stay indoors due to instability in Yemen, according to a travel warning.

"Due to continued political instability and uncertainty in Sanaa and the rest of Yemen, the U.S. Embassy urges all U.S. citizens in Yemen to remain indoors this evening," the warning said.


Four troops wounded in clashes with republican guards in S Yemen

SANAA, March 22 (Xinhua) -- At least four army troops were wounded in clashes with Republican Guards in southeastern Yemen late on Monday, a local government official said hours after scores of top army officers vowed to protect the "revolution." Full story.

Yemen's army, security forces said to maintain allegiance to president, country

SANAA, March 21 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni army and the security forces issued a joint statement on Monday, saying they will maintain allegiance to the country and President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

They said in the statement over the latest escalating political developments in the country, that they will fulfill duties for the security of the country and vowed not to allow any attempt of military coup. Full story.

Yemen arrests accused Friday shooters amid huge support for protesters

SANAA, March 21 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni public prosecution on Monday issued an order to forcibly arrest ten men accused of involvement in Friday's shootings against the anti-government protesters at the sit-in outside Sanaa University in the capital, the Interior Ministry said. Full story.

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