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Bodies pile up in Yemen hospital

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 01:50

May 26 - Yemeni hospital staff say they have seen 50 dead from clashes in Sanaa since Monday while a powerful Yemeni tribal leader rules out further mediation with president Saleh. Sunita Rappai reports

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In Yemen's morgues, the bodies are piling up. Staff at this hospital in Sanaa say they have seen 50 dead and 76 people wounded in clashes in the capital since Monday. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) EMERGENCY UNIT CHIEF AT UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY HOPSITAL DOCTOR ALI AL-AMOURY SAYING: "The number of cases that we have received at the University of Science and Technology Hospital since May 23 is 126. Fifty of them were dead and there were some critical cases." Dozens were killed and many injured in overnight gun battles on Wednesday. The violence erupted a day after president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled the country for nearly 33 years, pulled out for the third time from a deal mediated by Gulf Arab neighbours for him to step down. Meanwhile a key Yemeni tribal leader has ruled out any mediation with Saleh. Sadiq Al-Ahmar, the leader of the Hashed tribal federation called the president a 'liar', with whom mediation was impossible. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TRIBAL LEADER SADIQ AL-AHMAR SAYING: "The people are on our side and Allah is with us and before the people. They are with us because he (Ali Abdullah Saleh) has been unjust for the last 30 years. And he is considered to the biggest liar of all liars in the world." Ahmar also called on regional and global powers to force Saleh out before the country plunged into civil war. Yemen's state prosecutor has ordered the arrest of rebellious leaders of the tribal group led by the Al-Ahmar family. Sunita Rappai, Reuters

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Bodies pile up in Yemen hospital

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 01:50