Risk of civil war looms as Yemen’s soldiers defect from Saleh regime

A defected Yemeni soldier holds up his weapon as he joins anti-government protestors demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa Photo: AFP

See entire article in the Sunday Telegraph

A week ago Bassam Ali Qa’id, 26, was loyal to Yemen’s hated President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and part of a state security machine which has shot at, tear-gassed and beaten democracy protesters.But on Saturday he was a hero to the protesters who in recent weeks have threatened finally to bring to an end Mr Saleh’s 32-year rule…


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