Yemen protests hit Saleh fiefdom, military in Sanaa

March 8, 2011 11:59

SANAA - Yemeni protests demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 32-year rule spread to a tribal area considered his political stronghold on Tuesday, and military vehicles deployed in the capital.

Around 10,000 protesters marched in the city of Dhamar, about 60 km (37 miles) south of Sanaa, resident said. Dhamar is known for its ties Saleh and is the hometown of Yemen's prime minister and interior minister.

In Sanaa, where thousands of protesters have been camped out for weeks, military and police vehicles with armed security forces spread across streets around the capital, raising concerns that fresh confrontations could be on the way.

Sanaa has been quiet in recent days, following weeks of fierce clashes across the country between government loyalists and protesters that killed at least 27 people.

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