Massive anti-regime protest in Yemen
Vast numbers of protesters poured into a square in Yemen's capital Sanaa yesterday for a massive anti-regime rally, as President Ali Abdullah Saleh blamed the US and Israel for a wave of Arab revolts.
Protesters crowded three streets leading to a square near Sanaa University, where students and pro-democracy demonstrators have been camped for more than a week.
"The people want the departure of Ali Abdullah Saleh," they chanted in unison. "The people want to overthrow the regime."
The protest got under way as Saleh called a press conference in Sanaa at which he accused Israel and the United States of fomenting anti-regime revolts rattling the Arab world.
Yesterday's speech at Sanaa University appeared part of his effort to blunt growing calls for his ouster. He claimed that "there is an operations room in Tel Aviv with the aim of destabilising the Arab world" and that it is "run by the White House."
"The events from Tunisia to Oman are a storm orchestrated from Tel Aviv and and under Washington's supervision," Saleh told reporters in Sanaa.