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Saleh returns with ceasefire call

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for a ceasefire after returning to the country, saying the only way out of the crisis is through negotiations.

The statement from Saleh's office was the first message since his surprise return to the country on Friday from Saudi Arabia, where he has been for more than three months.

Saleh was recovering from wounds suffered in a rocket attack on his compound in the capital Sanaa.

In the message, Saleh also urged political and military figures to work towards a truce.

He insists there is no way out of the crisis except through negotiations and talks to end the bloodshed.

Yemen's turmoil escalated this week, with fighting between Saleh loyalists and opponents leaving nearly 100 killed.


From Belfast Telegraph