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Yemen unrest timeline

14 october 2011, 17:41
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- January 27: Inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, Yemenis rally for President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster.

- February 3: Tens of thousands of protesters stage a "day of rage." Saleh loyalists hold a counter-demonstration. 

- March 18: Regime loyalists fire on demonstrators in Sanaa, killing 52. Saleh declares state of emergency.

A Yemeni opposition demonstrator wearing a gas mask flashes the victory sign during an anti-regime protest in Sanaa. ©AFP
A Yemeni opposition demonstrator wearing a gas mask flashes the victory sign during an anti-regime protest in Sanaa. ©AFP

- March 23: Saleh says he is willing to step down at the end of 2011.

- April 8: Saleh rejects a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) plan calling for his departure and the creation of an opposition-led national unity government.

- May 22: Saleh refuses to sign a new Gulf plan under which he would quit 30 days after creation of a national unity government. He warns of "civil war." The Gulf countries suspend mediation efforts.

- May 23-24: Clashes between security forces and tribesmen kill at least 44 people near the Sanaa home of powerful tribal chief Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, who pledged support for the anti-regime protests in March.

Yemeni opposition demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-regime protest in Sanaa. ©AFP
Yemeni opposition demonstrators shout slogans during an anti-regime protest in Sanaa. ©AFP

- May 30: Saleh's forces disperse a sit-in in Taez, Yemen's second-largest city, killing at least 50 people.

- June 3: Saleh wounded along with other officials in explosion in the presidential compound. Eleven are killed.

- June 4: Saleh flown to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment.

- June 5: Tens of thousands take to Sanaa's streets in celebration after Saleh's departure.

- June 9: Saleh comes out of intensive care.

- July 7: Saleh makes his first public appearance since the June 3 explosion in a speech broadcast on Yemeni television, saying he has undergone "more than eight successful operations" and calling for dialogue.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh giving a televised speech in Sanaa, Yemen. ©AFP
President Ali Abdullah Saleh giving a televised speech in Sanaa, Yemen. ©AFP

- July 30: Influential tribal leaders announce the creation of a coalition to bolster the protest movement.

- August 6: Saleh leaves a Riyadh hospital and convalesces at a Saudi palace.

- August 10: Saleh says a Gulf proposal for power transfer which he avoided signing in the past should be treated positively.

- August 17: The opposition elects an umbrella council aiming to take over power.

Yemeni soldier takes position behind sandbags during clashes in Sanaa. ©AFP
Yemeni soldier takes position behind sandbags during clashes in Sanaa. ©AFP

- August 23: Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawer, also wounded in the June 3 attack, returns to Sanaa from a Riyadh hospital.

- August 26: Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis take part in anti-regime protests across the country.

- September 4: Hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding Saleh's ouster march in Sanaa.

Supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh (portrait) walk towards a main Sanaa square. ©AFP
Supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh (portrait) walk towards a main Sanaa square. ©AFP

- September 10: Yemen's army says it has freed the southern city of Zinjibar. At least 230 Yemeni soldiers and 50 tribal auxiliaries allied to the government were killed in just three months.

- September 12: Dissident general Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar accuses Saleh and his loyalists of stoking all out war in Yemen.

Saleh authorises his deputy to negotiate a power transfer.


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