Amidst another day of utmost violence and death, a U.N. envoy and the Head of the GCC are said to have arrived in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.
The Yemeni state news agency announced a few hours ago that the: "UN envoy to Yemen Jamal bin Omar and the delegation accompanying him arrived in the capital on an official visit to inspect the latest developments on the Yemeni political arena. GCC chief Abdulatif al-Zayani also arrived Monday in Sanaa on an official visit.”
Dr Mohamed Qubaty, a former advisor to the Yemeni Prime Minister told the BBC today that he believed Yemen was “close to chaos”. He also told the channel that al-Zayani was coming to Yemen to push vice-president Hadi to sign the GCC proposal organizing the transfer of power. Since president Saleh vested him on Monday with new powers allowing him to sign and enact the agreement, some politicians still want to believe that a political solution is at hand.
Qubaty finished his interview with the BBC by stressing that the international community needed to take firmer steps against Saleh and his coterie, especially in the light of recent events.
Members of the Opposition today are refusing to discuss with Hadi, saying that no deal offering immunity to the “thugs of the regime” could ever be agreed upon, “not after the deaths of so many Yemenis”.
Suhail TV announced earlier this afternoon that al-Sama’a Republican Guards base near the International Airport had been seized by tribesmen from Arhab, loyal to the revolution. Those allegations could not however be independently verified.
Residents near defected General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar’s base confirmed that warplanes bombed the area.
Shelling is still ongoing near the University and al-Zubeyri Street.