emeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced on Friday a national state of emergency in all parts of the country, in addition to banning possession of weapons by citizens.
The Yemeni leader asserted in press conference that police did not use “one bullet” on protesters, noting that police were not “even carrying one bullet.”
The president added that an independent committee has been formed to investigate the attacks on protesters, particularly in Sanaa, Taez, and Al-Hudaidah.
The Yemeni leader expressed sorrow for today’s attacks which resulted in the killing and injuring dozens of the protesters in the Yemeni capital.
Saleh also said that protesters should relocate their protests to other places, if they wish to continue, away from civilian areas.
The announcement by the Yemeni leader comes after at least 40 people were killed and hundreds injured when chaos erupted earlier in the day where hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.