President Ali Abdullah Saleh appeared in a pre-recorded video for the first time since he was injured. Saleh remained defiant and stated that he would not step down from power. At least eleven people were killed after the airing of Saleh’s statement. Protestors reported that security forces fired on camps in Taiz and Ibb.
The Southern Movement has gained strength in Aden. South Yemen flags are now prominently displayed throughout the city. The central government has little presence in the city, creating an opportunity for secessionists or al Qaeda-linked militants to seize control.
Tribal militias in Taiz are gaining control of the city. Tribesmen have seized 14 government buildings and occupy large areas within Taiz. A ceasefire is currently in place.
The Yemeni state is undergoing fragmentation as al Qaeda-linked militants seize control of the south. The current situation has increased al Qaeda's operating space in Yemen.
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