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In Focus: Crisis in Yemen

Yemeni anti-government protesters tear apart and devour a loaf of bread as others shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, on on April 2, 2011. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images) (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

June 3, 2011

Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh was reportedly wounded today in a rocket attack on his compound in Sanaa. Yemeni government troops have been engaged in street fights with tribal groups loyal to Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar for nearly two weeks now, after al-Ahmar sided with thousands of Yemeni protesters who have been peacefully demonstrating and calling for President Saleh's ouster for nearly four months now. Government forces have opened fire on protesters many times over those months, killing and wounding dozens. Adding further complications, Islamist militants, possibly tied to Al Qaeda, are now taking advantage of the chaos and instability, and have seized control of several towns in along Yemen's south coast. Collected here are images from the past several weeks of troubled Yemen, a country that may soon be mired in a civil war.

 



An anti-government protester flashes the victory sign through a gap in his national flag raised by other demonstrators during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Saturday, March 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)



A view of the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, is seen on Sunday, May 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)



Tens of thousands of Yemenis take to the streets on March 31, 2011 in the town of Ibb, 190 km southwest of Sanaa, calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AFP/Getty Images)



Anti-government protesters attend a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday, May 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammed Hamoud)



An anti-government protester holds up a scarf reading, in Arabic, "My country, I love you my country", during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)



An anti-government protester, center, wearing a red scarf, looks up while praying with other women during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)



An effigy of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh hangs from a street lamp, placed by a protester in Sanaa, on May 17, 2011. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)



Anti-government protesters are carried by a bulldozer during a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Saleh in Damt town of the southern Dhalea province, on May 20, 2011. (Reuters/Stringer)



In this photo taken through a window, armored vehicles of Yemeni security forces, take position in a street next to the house of Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, the head of the powerful Hashid tribe, during clashes with tribesmen loyal to him, in Sanaa, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Heavy fighting resumed Tuesday in Yemen's capital between government troops and followers of the country's most powerful tribal leader, ending a brief cease-fire and again raising the prospect that Yemen's political crisis could veer into civil war. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)



Men loyal to tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar, stand near a fragment from a projectile fired during clashes this week, in Sanaa, on May 28, 2011. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)



Police use water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters during clashes with police in the southern Yemeni city of Taiz, on May 29, 2011. Yemeni security forces opened fire on protesters in the southern city of Taiz on Sunday, killing four and wounding 90, hospital sources said. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)



Smoke rises during clashes between police forces and armed tribesmen loyal to tribal leader Shiekh Sadiq al-Ahmar near his house in Sanaa, on May 24, 2011. (Reuters/Stringer)



A protester walks past a burning vehicle during a protest strike paralyzing the southern Yemeni city of Aden, on April 9, 2011, as protesters kept up the heat on President Saleh to step down. (AFP/Getty Images)



Anti-government protesters raise their hands while chanting slogans demanding the resignation of President Saleh, in Sanaa, on Friday, May 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)



Yemeni protesters perform Friday noon prayers during a rally against President Saleh in the streets of Ibb, on May 13, 2011, 190 km southwest of Sanaa, before the elite Republican Guards opened fire on the anti-regime protesters killing at least three people. (AFP/Getty Images)



A Yemeni boy, center, holding his national flag, stands between anti-government protesters attending Friday prayers during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Saleh, in Sanaa, on March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)



Yemeni anti-government protesters tear apart and devour a loaf of bread as others shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, on on April 2, 2011. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)



An anti-government protestor flashes the victory sign while chanting slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)



People gather in a street of Taiz, south of Yemen's capital Sanaa, on April 4, 2011 after Yemeni security forces shot dead 17 anti-regime demonstrators and wounded scores more, on the second day of lethal clashes in the city. (AFP/Getty Images)



Anti-government protesters block the road during clashes with Yemeni security forces in Taiz, Yemen, Monday, May 9, 2011. Witnesses and medics said Yemeni security forces opened fire on protesters in a flashpoint city in the country's south in a bid to break up a day-old sit-in, killing two protesters. (AP Photo/Yemen Lens)



Backdropped by a Yemeni flag, a female anti-government protester, during a demonstration demanding the resignation of of President Saleh, in Sanaa, on Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)



Yemeni security forces arrest a man during anti-regime demonstrations in Taiz, the second most-populated city of Yemen, south of Sanaa, on April 20, 2011, as the Yemeni opposition called for mass protests after deadly confrontations with police. (AFP/Getty Images)



Anti-government protesters run after soldiers opened fire to disperse them as they began gathering for a demonstration to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Saleh in the southern city of Taiz, on May 31, 2011. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)



People ride a vehicle with their belongings as they flee clashes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on May 29, 2011. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)



A relative of Ahmad Saleh, who was wounded last Wednesday in clashes with Yemeni security forces and died of his wounds on Saturday, reacts during his funeral procession at the site of a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Saleh, in Sanaa, on Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)



Tribesmen take positions next to the house of Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, the head of the powerful Hashid tribe, during clashes with Yemeni security forces in Sanaa, on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Fighters for Yemen's largest tribe sealed off key government buildings and barricaded streets in the heart of the capital Tuesday as the revolt against President Ali Abdullah Saleh sharply escalated after militiamen turned their guns against government forces. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)



A wounded man lying in a hospital bed is checked by a nurse after being injured in clashes with Yemeni security forces in Sanaa, on Monday, May 23, 2011. Buildings in Sanaa were blasted and government offices set on fire in an eruption of violence after President Ali Abdullah Saleh refused to sign an agreement calling on him to step down. (AP Photo)



Anti-government protesters raise their hands during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa May 6, 2011. Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets both for and against Saleh on Friday, a day after Gulf efforts to revive a plan for him to leave power were stymied by conditions attached by his party. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)



Defecting army soldiers shout slogans as they take part in a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Saleh in Sanaa, on May 27, 2011. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)



A boy shouts slogans during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Saleh in Sanaa, on May 24, 2011. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)



A Yemeni army soldier is lifted by anti-government protesters during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Saleh, in Sanaa, on Friday, May 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)



A tribesman loyal to Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, the head of the powerful Hashid tribe, stands next to a wall damaged following clashes with Yemeni security forces, next to al-Ahmar's house, in Sanaa, on Saturday, May 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)



Fire and smoke erupts during clashes between tribesmen loyal to Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, the head of the powerful Hashid tribe, and Yemeni security forces in Sanaa, Yemen, late Thursday, June 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammed Hamoud)



An army soldier keeps watch over a rally to demand the ouster of President Saleh in Sanaa, on June 3, 2011. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)



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