A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Friday, March 18, 2011

Yemen Declares State of Emergency after Bloody Day

Yemen has now declared a State of Emergency after a bloody day in which over 40 people were killed in Sanaa, in what the opposition is characterizing as a massacre. The government is denying that its security forces opened fire. The tensions in Yemen are growing rapidly despite President Salih's attempts to defuse them.

Meanwhile, in Bahrain, the authorities have torn down the distinctive monument that stood in the Pearl Roundabout, which had become a symbol of the resistance.

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