Key tribes abandon Yemen president
Sanaa, Feb 26: Pressure on Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign today intensified when the leaders of two of Yemen's most important tribes abandoned the president and joined the anti-regime movement.
The news came as an official denied reports that police killed four people yesterday in an assault on an anti-government protest in Aden, blaming a southern secessionist group for the attack.
Powerful tribal leaders, including those of the Hashid and Baqil, pledged to join protests against Saleh at a gathering north of the capital, a tribal source said.
The Hashids are considered Yemen's most powerful tribal confederation and include nine clans, among them the Sanhan, long a bulwark of Saleh's regime.
According to an AFP tally based on reports by medics and witnesses, at least 19 people have now been killed in almost daily clashes at anti-regime protests since they erupted on February 16.
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