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Thousands Call For Saleh To Stay In Exile Amid Reports He's Seriously Injured


Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on June 7 to demand that President Ali Abdullah Saleh stay in exile.

Some 4,000 demonstrators called for a "million-man march" for him to stay in Saudi Arabia, where he has been treated for injuries since an attack on June 3.

According to reports quoting U.S. officials, Saleh has burns covering some 40 percent of his body and is suffering from bleeding inside his skull.

Outside the peaceful protest in the capital of Sanaa, battles raged in a southern town held by Islamist militants.

The army said 30 militants and 15 soldiers were killed in an Al-Qaeda-held city in the latest violence in the country.

The southern town of Zinjibar was seized by militants about 10 days ago.

Fighting also flared again in the city of Taiz, south of the capital Sanaa, where antigovernment gunmen have clashed sporadically with troops in the past few days.

On June, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for an "immediate transition" in Yemen.

compiled from agency reports
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